US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. The cOAST Guard as a career

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    You get to meet great people and work in diverse environments

    Cons

    Too much time away from family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new advancement system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I had the pleasure of being active duty in the Coast Guard for 23 plus years and it was very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Active Duty in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Active Duty in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Stability, advancement opportunity for both Active and civilian workers. Depending on your Command and job work-life was great. The culture is still men heavy but you can strive as a female as in any established business.

    Cons

    Don't have too much to say about the cons of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people and make sure things are going well mentally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great sea going service

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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

    great benefits, lots of opportunities to gain valuable experience, plenty of great places to live. Small enough for you to make great friends and work w/ a lot of great people.

    Cons

    not allows the best leadership and crews but those are few and far between. Seems like lots of time we were recreating the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and stop w/ the knee jerk reactions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Mostly bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great benefits with potential of pay raise.

    Cons

    Pay is low for junior enlisted. Level of education is not valued. It's the military so it is very structured. You are not supposed to think for yourself. Xenophobia among the crew. Senior enlisted can be bias which affects your daily work life but also your semi annual employee evaluation. Move a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guaranteed "A" school for college graduates would be nice. I think they have earned that right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall good for technical experiences.

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    Current Employee - MK1 in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - MK1 in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Good training is available for members who are authorized to take it.
    Helping people gives you a sense of satisfaction.

    Cons

    Moved to much around.
    Gives to much preference to senior members that have been stagnant at a rate and less preference to members that climb the rate ladder quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More leadership training for all hands.
    Break down the good 'ol boy club that is very apparent during transfer season by the recruiters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. na

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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

    Service to your county. The Coast Guard has the top personnel in the military.

    Cons

    Military is your life. Promotion are a pyramid scheme and negatively impacts relationships with peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluations are too extensive and take up a great deal of time. .

    Recommends
  8. GOOD TIMES

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Gain a trade, and valuable expierence. You Get what you put into the service. College paid for and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very Long Hours at times. Pay can be difficult in the beginning but worth it in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Civil Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great training and relatively large amount of responsibilities at an early stage in the career.

    Cons

    The longer you stay in the organization, the further you get away from technical jobs and move into HR or management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 25 year member with mostly aviation background.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The people you meet and get to know and work with is amazing. The jobs are pretty rewarding. Being in aviation was a small knit feeling where you would see friends almost at every air station you visited.

    Cons

    Times are changing and with cutbacks, seems like reasons to stop letting service members be human. Young kids just joining are bound to make mistakes. Seems like now with a smaller budget, and the threat of getting kicked out for something stupid, lost its glamour and appeal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what it was like to start your career in the service and let the new members enjoy what the volunteered to do. Fight for new equipment and learn to stand up for the service and your troops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 24 years on active duty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    All of my assignments were professionally challenging and I worked with some of the best people I could ever hope to meet.

    Cons

    Relocating every 2-4 years as been difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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