US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 15 reviews)

  • There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Horrible. The Level of intelligence in the enlisted military is embarrassing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to see a lot of different places. Free School. Free Healthcare.

    Cons

    People think they are god's gift to the world. The Vast Majority are extremely lazy. People in charge of you are uneducated and unmotivated. Work ethic and leadership skills have absolutely zero impact on advancement. And the biggest problem.... you're stuck for at least four years

  2. Flags have there heads in the sand

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    can't think of much I guess there is still a little Search and Rescue left

    Cons

    The way money is wasted on new office furniture, chairs and computer monitors just to have something new.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stroking your own egos

  3. Toxic

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    Current Employee - Chief
    Current Employee - Chief

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    experience the world, public service

    Cons

    Toxic leadership, Toxic organizational culture

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and have the courage to admit when you are wrong.

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  5. Politics and personal gain was more important than teamwork and comradeship.

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    Former Contractor - Seaman in New Orleans, LA
    Former Contractor - Seaman in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at US Coast Guard as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training programs if you fit the mold they want. Decent paycheck. Great career as long as you stay single and have a PHD in ass-kissing.

    Cons

    If you don't fit into the mold they want, you're toast. If your station only has boatswains and mechanics, but you're more of a computer tech, showing any interest in something outside that base will get your career torpedoed before you can even get started. Medical benefits are a pain to work with if you're married. High rank officers think they walk on water. Forget trying to use your GI bill while active duty, it won't happen. They will drain you of any patriotism you have, wring all the use out of you, and then cut you loose once you are no longer useful.

    Advice to Management

    Try taking care of your people instead of spending all your time trying to look good.

  6. Take over your life

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    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Bayonne, NJ
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Bayonne, NJ

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ok pay and benefits for now

    Cons

    24/7 non stop take control of your life in and out of work

  7. Wasted 12 years with this employer

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Alexandria, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was good. Get to choose duty station.

    Cons

    Bad leadership from the top down...

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the Marines.

  8. Helpful (2)

    you are just a number

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none they will use you up and spit you out

    Cons

    lots long hours lots of back stabbing

    Advice to Management

    retire

  9. Helpful (2)

    Coast Guard "Jobs that dont matter"

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Texas, GA
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Texas, GA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Touring the world on the governments dime. The post 911 g ibill.

    Cons

    Its just a job THAT OWNS YOU!!!... poor salary pay for the hours you work and the time your away, no full retirment, heath care that dosn't want to pay for anything but 500 Mg ibprohen, no advancement, the complet sloths and D-bags you work with, the "racial diversity" the coast guard crams down you throat, and the don't ask dont tell that was repealed and the firey hoops you had to jump through on a daily basis just to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging and trying to justify your job and proove who has the biggest swinging wang, whe understand your our boss you dont have to put us down.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Dont do it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Med benefits, seeing all corners of the united states.

    Cons

    Poor leaders, lack of respect, it is high school all over again, terrible pay, its not what you think its going to be.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helping people, job security, ability to make a positive difference

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of communication upward, restrictive culture

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