US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
351 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
193 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 17 reviews)

  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 14 reviews)

  • Time away from home (3 month in/ 3 month out patrol schedule on the ship I was stationed on) (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Made many friends and had life experiences that otherwise would have been impossible

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    Current Employee - Reserve ET2 in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Reserve ET2 in Lake Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get in shape, make really good friends, travel to places you normally couldn't. I lived in California for 10 months in my time in the Coast Guard. Coming from the midwest, I wouldn't have otherwise been able to go there.

    Cons

    The service is constantly changing policy, so depending on your job, you will constantly be adapting to the new rules. This could also be viewed as a pro if you like the idea of constantly doing things in a new way. Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays. Even then, it wasn't too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in the lower ranks more. When there are too may managers, they start to change things just to justify their own job position. It causes friction at the unit.

    Merge the reserve retirement program with the active duty to give the incentive for people to transfer to SELRES to unblock the path for advancement. Have a specific training program for the reserves, because they come out of A school having no idea what their actual purpose is. Bring back tuition assistance.

    And create an ET to warrant officer direct commission engineer program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DEAD END

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Training Specialist

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times. The jobs here can be very rewarding IF you are willing to stagnate for years and retire at the predetermined maximum of the position you hired in at.

    Cons

    Some jobs are dead-end in the civilian workforce, and its hard to receive recognition for major achievements. Each workplace set of rules are different when it comes to advancement. The stock answer to these issues is "You can't get there from here" and "no one knows". If you intend to further your career, a civilian job won't get you there unless you know someone (nepotism runs RAMPANT).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide ALL of your valued civilian workforce with a path to improve themselves and advance upward BASED ON MERIT, NOT THE GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A profound growth experience that allowed me to improve my leadership, technical skills, and respect for life & country

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    Current Employee - Military
    Current Employee - Military

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Coast Guard, like all military services, builds leaders and dedication in individuals. It also provides excellent training that will help anyone become successful even after they decide to leave the military. Service to you country give individuals an extreme amount of pride and respect in their communities.

    Cons

    Military service does require some sacrifice but in the end those sacrifices are outweighed by the benefits military service affords its members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I had a great experience with the CG, it is a very dynamic service with an excellent workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership and very professional

    Cons

    Too many layers in the chain of command, often times difficult to solve simple problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the individual member that is actually conducting the operation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This is the best professional decision I've made in my life!

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    Current Employee - Pretty Important Person in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pretty Important Person in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, medical, dental, honest work, training, roof over my head, travel the world, opportunity to save live, help protect the environment, and be apart of something average people couldn't understand.

    Cons

    Your at the governments beckon call, often people or supervisors are rewarded for being jerks, and more often than not, your risking your life every single day. We could be always payed more cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with commissioned officers (academy and OCS grads). More often than not the enlisted work force has more college under their belt than officers unlike in the early years, officers had schooling and were groomed to be leaders. Utilize the enlisted ranks to advance and allow the Warrant Officers and the senior enlisted (Master Chiefs and Senior Chiefs) to run the Coast Guard. I feel the Coast Guard will run more efficient, safer, and a higher degree of effectiveness would be achieved. Also, we should be exempt from paying federal taxes because it is the very taxes we pay that get turned around to pay our own salaries. It doesn't equal a win, we actually lose more than the average person besides, we volunteer to provide the cloak of freedom that this country and it's people live under every day of their life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Contract inspections for civil engineering projects along west coast

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    Former Employee - Contracting Officers Representative in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Contracting Officers Representative in Oakland, CA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of projects which made work interesting, fun and you were always learning.

    Cons

    They amount of computer problems in the field and if you couldn't get connected you had to wait until you got back to the station. Whens things were going well the upper administration would try and reinvent the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoyed working with them but yearly manditory training was getting old.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My take on the CG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Get to see the world for your job.

    Cons

    Can require long hours at odd times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    US Coast Guard is a fantastic team committed to serving the nation and keeping our waterways safe. Everyday has been an adventure. Consistently served with outstanding people

    Cons

    Staff jobs can sometimes demand more time away from family than operational tours. New headquarters in DC is a wonderful building but it is difficult to reach as a commuter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Commissioned Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worthwhile missions, leadership potential at relatively junior levels, exposure to a variety of roles and responsibilities within a single organizations.

    Cons

    Moving every two to four years can be hard on the family, especially on spouse's career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Hard work with great benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LTJG in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - LTJG in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Earned leave, consistent pay, upward growth.

    Cons

    Constant moving, long hours, bosses are hit or miss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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