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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
366 Reviews
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366 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
201 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Adventure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    You get out what you put into the Coast Guard. Promotions are open to all based on ability. Move around a lot. Serve Amerivan public.

    Cons

    Move around a lot.
    Small organization alway competing for budget from HLS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The best life decision that I ever made.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits when compared to comparable civilian work available without a degree including 100% medical coverage for member and family with no deductible or copays. 4 years of college paid for after enlistment. Most career paths directly relate to a civilian career. MUCH BETTER quality of life than the other military services. This job is VERY fulfilling, you can and will make a difference. Even support personnel have opportunities to be directly involved in operations. I have traveled to many beautiful and amazing locations. The best part of the Coast Guard is being part of the Coast Guard. You will make life long friendships and have pride in knowing that you were part of what makes it such an amazing organization.

    Cons

    Qualifying for service it the first large hurdle. You must get a qualifying score on the ASVAB to get in AND pass a military entrance medical exam. This can be very difficult for a lot of people since about half of the people who apply will be disqualified for some reason.

    There aren't very many Coast Guard Recruiters or Recruiting offices. They seem to be very very busy, so just keep trying until you can get ahold of one. It took me a year and about 5 or more 4hour trips to get in. It was worth it.

    Basic training is probably the biggest challenge you will go through in your life. It is designed to transform you into a Coast Guardsman who can go out in that storm to save another person without giving up. This takes work. It is at least as challenging as the other services recruit training, maybe harder.

    You will have to listen and obey orders. If you can't do this, go find somewhere else to work. There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time. This is tough, but it is for a higher cause. You will be having adventures and making memories while you are away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the initiatives to make the school lists manageable. This is helping morale. Keep selecting the majority of officer candidates from within the enlisted ranks. It always helps to have a few officers at your unit who started where you did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, Adventure, Training and Leadership!

    Cons

    Military life can sometimes be tough on the family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An experience of a lifetime

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    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Medical benefits, training, getting underway

    Cons

    Paperwork, computer mandated training, constantly changing policy, so depending on your job, you will constantly be adapting to the new rules. Time away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge the reserve retirement program with the active duty. Have a specific training program for the reserves. Make it policy to have ADT 1 to 3 weeks active duty after coming out of bootcamp and A school in addition to the regular ADT.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding career: Serve others while paying the bills

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    Current Employee - Volunteer
    Current Employee - Volunteer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch training, guidance and a real sense of purpose. Great coworkers that share a similar desire to serve (for the most part.)

    Cons

    Red tape on getting things done from high up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Mechanical Shop Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work, many perks

    Cons

    Short handed due to slow hiring orocess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Operations Specilaist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    paid leave, medical, some great superviors

    Cons

    Alot of supervisors will dump their work on you, blame game, politcal nightmare

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    USCG great job satisfaction & benefits

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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)

    Pros

    The missions of the Coast Guard are great and yield a high level of job satisfaction. There's also fantastic benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    While it varies manager-to-manager, it can be hard to find the right work-life balance. Also, the up-or-out policy for certain ranks causes the loss of many great employees with high future value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the Officer Evaluation System. Everyone hates it and it seems that no one really understands it completely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    hopefully Honest Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    hey, it's hard to be unbiased. here's a take. remember too that most of the guard is enlisted and a lot of these reviews come from them

    Health Care is free
    Always get a pay check
    Get to see the coastal United States
    Rarely have to do anything dangerous or particularly arduous
    Have more people than you could need to get a job done
    People like people that serve
    Getting a civilian job can be easier with your veteran status and because you won't have PTSD
    Never have to shoot anyone but there are opportunities to shoot guns and sometimes engines
    Can form really good friendships
    as an enlisted, the better you get at your rate, you'll probably get more recognition and advance easier. plus youll probably start supervising at a young age

    Cons

    You'll never get rich, though you can be comfortable
    Wife better like to move and you being away. a lot don't and there is a lot of divorce
    You better like being a nomad. some enlisted stay in one area for awhile but they generally don't get anywhere with their career. d1 and d8 are famos for that
    Pay sucks for enlisted until they have been in for a long time
    Officer pay is decent but they get fired easy and stand only about a 50% chance of being retirement eligible
    There are very few glory positions-most are useless desk or shop work. a lot of times these will be in an ugly office with old furniture, or an old ship. regardless, the interiors of the ships are digusting. i hope you like small bunk beds
    There is a lot of beuracracy
    You will probably ask yourself how did I get this boss at one point or the other.
    You will probably ask yourself how did that person get that award or promotion at one point or the other
    there are a lot of inflated egos
    there are a lot of dumbasses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the dumbasses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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