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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
363 Reviews
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363 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.  

    Great mission with medicare leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3)
    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3)

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

    Pros

    Job satisfaction is high. We protect the nation and are always in an operational mode vs training as is with a lot of the other services.

    Cons

    As an officer it is all about who you know and playing the game and less about performance. Junior officers are taught to get ahead you need to check the box and get good evals, your people come second. These types of people get promoted and the ones who care about the job and their people get shown the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend Less time worrying about your evaluate more time taking care of people who get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    14 years of excitement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petty Officer First Class in Cape May, NJ
    Former Employee - Petty Officer First Class in Cape May, NJ

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

    Pros

    Frequent change
    Great benefits
    Reasonable but no longer great training

    Cons

    Frequent change
    Good Ol' boy network at most small units
    Federal politics effecting even the lowest level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant training about sexual assault, alcohol, and safety. If you trust a member to carry a firearm, and act as law enforcement, trust them to be adults. If you don't like drinking and the outcome of your members consuming, don't sell it in every exchange and run all hands clubs to make money. If you don't want smokers- stop selling cigarettes in the same places at discount. Remember that some of your members are actually adults, and are in positions of great responsability- start they aren't 22 anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Job security
    Upward mobility
    Career growth
    Stable Pay
    Available training

    Cons

    Work-Life
    Inept upper management
    Ego Driven
    Lack of diversity
    One-sided opinions within management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Know where you want to go...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in Boston, MA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, 30 vacation days a year, great health benefits, advancement is self paced.

    Cons

    Horrible work-life, it takes a strong person to be away from their family for a long time and not be able to contact them via lousy internet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    DEAD END

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Operations Specialist

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Involved in almost every aspect of CG operations.

    Cons

    Duty rotation sometimes doesn't allow for much family time. Staying up all night is very taxing on your body. Due to not many understanding everything you do, efforts go unnoticed quite frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Job with a purpose

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits, sense of purpose, service to country... Nothing is more gratifying then saving someones life. The long hours, bad pay, time away from family all seem to fade away. If you seek adventure, this is a great "company" to work for. With all the job opportunities and duty locations, there is hardly a dull moment. There are also numerous opportunities to work outside of your rate. This not only adds to the adventure, but enables one to learn new skills.

    Cons

    pay, work life balance (at times), relocating every few years... Take this with a grain of salt, as everyone knows this going in. This is more so for someone with a family, as the adventure is hard to sell to a child losing friends every few years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Inspector

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

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

    Pros

    The diversity of the job, people, and locations that you will travel to and transfer to. It's a secure employment and provides fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    It can be very challenging to work for a supervisor you can't stand or trust. You can't leave the company at will. Having to move when you're really happy with the unit/people you work with every 3 to 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of and respect those that you're in charge of. In return they'll want to do a better job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn, but tough environment to be a woman.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to live in a variety of places, to attend specialty trade schools, acquire advanced specialty skills, broaden general skill set, meet and work with a diverse crowd, and save some lives.

    Cons

    Male to female ratio improving, but still not great. Aviation is particularly lacking in females, which, at times, can be tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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