US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Best of the Best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Chief Petty Officer
    Former Employee - Master Chief Petty Officer

    I worked at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    Doing great service to the country. Highly motivated Coasties who are proud of what the agency does.

    Cons

    Moving and low pay for the junior enlisted members.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of your people. Concentrate on both success and effectiveness.

  2. I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    You receive 30 days leave a year and other allowances as well as health and dental benefits for the whole family.

    Cons

    Changes in fitness policies as well as constant budget concerns make the Coast Guard uncertain at times and make it hard to contemplate completing 20 years.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty

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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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization and it's team are always Semper Gumby, ready to tackle any mission and any role regardless of resources..

    Cons

    see above...that can be taxing on employees.

    Advice to Management

    more money, more personnel and better training initiatives. Stop trying to make do and make congress pay for the important mission the USCG has.

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  5. Reserve Military Officer

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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)

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

    Pros

    The USCG has provided me the a great career both as an enlisted reservist, and later, a commissioned reserve officer. The training, challenging opportunities, and marine industry collaboration have been ideal. I have truly enjoyed working with the USCG for the past 20 years including nearly 10-years of active duty. BTW, as a USCG member you have educational access to not only the GI Bill, but also CG tuition assistance, DOD training programs, FEMA training/schools, and private industry.

    Cons

    Federal budget! The USCG needs more funding for newer assets. DHS needs align budget with priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide the early buyout and/or RIF civilian employees who are substandard.

  6. Depends on Your Timing.

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    Current Employee - US Coast Guard Electronics Technician Second Class in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - US Coast Guard Electronics Technician Second Class in Jacksonville, FL

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great service to be in, however advancement these days is a rough road to travel. It is a much better option than any of the DoD branches however, as it's much more family oriented, and a little easier-going.

    Cons

    Advancement is non-existent since 2013. If you want to join a service looking to rank up, look somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Micro-Management to a Minimum.

  7. Ehh,

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Its OK, just like any other job, get paid.

    Cons

    Some stuff about some things.

  8. Great little military service.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to serve your country.

    Cons

    Constant changes to leadership styles.

  9. Small Service, Big Impact

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable position, rotating every three to five years. Small service so it can be competitive.

    Cons

    In this service it seems as though once you become really good at doing something, it is time to rotate again. Small service is a pro and a con. A con primarily when it comes to funding.

    Advice to Management

    It seems as though CG as a service is hesitant to really step up to its role as a LE Agency. Credentialing members, especially those in LE and Intelligence would be a huge step in establishing better relationships with partner agencies. Use more of the Authority that the service has been granted by law.

  10. Outstanding Service and Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Mission, Benefits, Culture, Education and Training

    Cons

    Regular re-location can be difficult for families

    Advice to Management

    none

  11. Helped to develop the strong, independent, and motivated person I am today.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full Benefits. The ability to live in different locations. Room for promotion.

    Cons

    Mentally and physically challenging job. Can spend extended periods of time away from family and friends. Can be difficult to voice and implement your ideas.

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