US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. 26 years and ready for a change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities for experience, education, opportunities to advance, gain a plethura of knowledge and experience not often available in the civilian market.

    Cons

    If in an operational field, expect deployments away from family, long work hours, doing more with less.

    Advice to Management

    Coast Guard is often looked on as the downtrodden step child of the military, and often is forced to do more with less. Yet, the work can be rewarding and challenging.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Jobs have varied from great to beyond terrible, all depends on command climate and if Congress approves a budget.

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    Current Employee - Navel Engineering
    Current Employee - Navel Engineering

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great opportunity for those right out of school looking to serve and do something "different"
    - Some of the best people you could ask to work with / for (all depends on your current command)
    - A unique set of missions that really matter in the daily lives of many Americans

    Cons

    - Some of the worst people you could ask to work for (all depends on your current command)
    - The "austere budget environment" we operate in
    - The USCG has always had a "do more with less" mentality, and likely always will... while this is in part what has fostered a culture of being able to get the mission done no matter what, it has also lead to complacency with: allowing missions to continue on assets that are old enough to collect retirement; accepting a lower standard or accepting no maintenance pf many systems; burning up human capital as an acceptable replacement for not having the right tools, time, or resources to do a job properly
    - Surprising numbers of civilian employees, both federal and contractors, who seem to make policy decisions leaving uniform personnel with the burden of implementing policy decisions in the field

    Advice to Management

    This is a fantastic service serving a vital set of missions for the country, however, we don't have the tools, training, manpower or financial resources to effectively carry out our missions. This has increasingly gotten worse and is quickly eroding away some of the best and most talented in the service and is undermining many of attempts at policy improvements over the years.

  3. Incredibly challenging but very rewarding!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be challenged on a constant basis in almost every aspect of your life. However, if you can adapt to military life you are capable of anything.

    Cons

    Permanent Change of Station move every 3-4 years. Being underway up to months at a time. Very competitive environment.

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  5. Always great opportunities to expand your horizons and develop critical skills that easily translate to other work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great travel opportunities, high operational tempo, and many different career fields with excellent job security. Develop valuable technical, management, and leadership skills.

    Cons

    Officers are advanced on a time scale not due to demonstrated competence or skill; impossible to advance quicker than your peers. Officers are “passed over” if they do something unethical or immoral.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote integration of women in all workforces; women are not able to compete for every position based on berthing requirements of different units.

  6. Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    poor leadership skills and accountability for their poeple

    Cons

    great place to work, very flexible with civilians, great benefits

  7. Liaison Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Liaison Officer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Liaison Officer in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, excellent benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    deployments in the U.S. away from your family.

  8. Sea Life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Room for advancement and great benefits. Great oppoutunity to travel and many great training oppurtunites. Very flexible when it comes to education.

    Cons

    If you are a great performer it is easy for you to get taken advantage of and used to pull the dead weight of others. Fellow workers can not be just let go if they are bad performers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find a better way to advance other than test taking. Do not work high performers to the bone. Treat everybody fairly whether they have a education or a G.E.D. Stop moving peole around to different units so they can master there skill.

  9. Former Intern. Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern, the Coast Guard provided real life experience with working in the military

    Cons

    The only con was that the internship was unpaid, but that is to be expected

    Advice to Management

    Keep the internship program the way it is.

  10. Rewarding Adventure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Advancement Opportunities
    Self-less Service
    Comradeship
    Plenty of on the job training
    Great pay and benefits
    travel opportunities
    Ability to serve the community

    Cons

    A part of the DHS...
    Budget restrictions

    Advice to Management

    Keep standing a taught watch.

  11. Civilian

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    Working with Coast Guard Active Duty Personnel. helping them to complete their missions.

    Cons

    0 upward mobility. textbook dead-end career.

    Advice to Management

    Create some room for advancement. having all the higher paying jobs in only several geographic locations is unfair to the workforce.

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