US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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4.0 306 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

(168 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, ethical work force, and the APO division is very well administered (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 12 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 11 reviews)

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    Outstanding fun and exciting career

    Bmc (Former Employee) Curtis Bay, MD

    ProsYou will do and see things most other people only dream about.

    ConsBeing away from home and home town.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing to add, all were great supervisos.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A rewarding 25 years of rewarding career fulfillment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities to travel and live in various places in the continental U.S. Good organization to be in if you want to be part of a diversified workplace. Free health care, commissary/exchange privileges, pension and inexpensive health care after military retirement.

    ConsAuthoritative organizational structure (obviously). Long deployments can be difficult on employee and/or employee's family. Personnel support resources pale in comparison with DoD armed forces (USCG is part of DHS).

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep lobbying for more funding. Improve the Special Needs Program or farm it out to DoD. Fix your admin support and go back to when admin provided superb customer service (looks like that is in the works).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Serve your country and help others

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBegin a career, establish yourself, and serve the Nation at the same time

    ConsCongress is beginning to view military benefits as a liability and target them for cuts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The U.S. Coast Guard for young people

    Senior Officer (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsThe USCG is a great place for young people to start their career. The organizations does very noble work and young people are given a lot of responsibility and accountability at very junior grades.

    The people you will work with are honest, hard working, and honorable. The truly embody the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

    ConsYou will need to be willing to give and follow orders and be willing to move to new locations for reassignment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding, High morale

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe organization even in the shadow of government cuts looks out for its people and continues to help us in every way possible.

    ConsCommunication between various levels needs to be the focus of improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on career building and allow people to lead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The easiest branch of them all

    Seaman E3 (Former Employee) Portsmouth, VA

    ProsMost people who join the Coat Guard stay forever, The benefits are excellent and the retirement plan makes this job the best job ever.

    ConsChanging location and low budget compared to other branches. No personal life, and you can not quit

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more, talk less.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging and rewarding to a degree.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUpward mobility available for go getters. World wide travel.

    ConsToo many missions, too many programs to trim workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It depends on management, but could be very gratifying or very miserable

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady paycheck, 30 days of leave per year, advancement is feasible

    ConsChange in climate of the coast guard. They are getting a lot stricter and are kicking people out left and right. There is no incentive to staying in because of lack of security at this point.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain good leadership to maintain good workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The US Coast Guard is the little known secret among the other services - it is an honor to serve. Semper Paratus!

    Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture of the Coast Guard along with it's mission make serving a total joy. Always being ready to serve our fellow citizens through the various missions along with it's unique mission of being the premier maritime law enforcement agency for the United States make a Guardian eager to serve each day.

    ConsThe organization is not fully recognized for it's daily contributions. The USCG is like the consummate quite professional just continuing to do his job regardless of big budgets or worldwide recognition.

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    Outstanding service to our country

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Coast Guard is filled with caring people who love to serve.

    ConsThe constant changing of plans to fulfill service needs is very difficult on family life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove assignment process by creating more transparency. Increase the amount of Assignment Officers to help them create better fits for job/member.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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