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US Coast Guard Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
9 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.  

    Easiest job I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Coast Guard, Jobs that matter

    Cons

    military lifestyle can be taxing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on gentlemen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    U.S. Coast Guard Officer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    A variety of missions and platforms to pursue. Great opportunities and training. Compensation and personal time-off are more than fair.

    Cons

    Working in the military comes with frequent moves, and a slow-moving decision making process. Policy and regulatory compliance make swift adjustments nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career guidance in early stage careers of Junior Officers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive Experience as Civilian Intern

    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of the office was a lot less intimidating than I expected for a military office. As a civilian they treated me with respect.

    Cons

    Working in a federal building had some minor annoyances related to security. Sometimes you could be late because there was a long line or incident at the security entrance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue treating the civilians as equals, try to provide more opportunities and awareness of them to the public for non-military positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Military in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Military in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    My experiences have been very favorable. The reason I am leasing is to pursue another career route.

    Cons

    A downside is it didn't have a easy path to the career field that I wanted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders- Lead your people and set an example. Do not let the power go to your head. Learn from those below you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A strong and meaningful career for those who choose this way of life - a potentially valuable first step for others

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Officer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work, it's not about the bottom line it's ultimately about service which is important. Often the work can be exciting and challenging, this does depend on your job however since not all billets are the same (or equal)

    The community is fantastic and many, many of your peers / co-workers will be some of the most productive and effective colleagues you could ask for.

    Cons

    Depending on field, there could be a lot of inertia... but often that can be overcome with a reasonable plan and doing a lot of the leg work for change up front.

    While many of your peers will be fantastic to work with, those who are not all stars are normally dead weight. Both seem to exist in equal parts in the organization. If you're in a unit with more all stars than drifters then the experience can be great however the opposite can be true as well.

    While the organization is trying, work/life balance doesn't exist and that sometimes can be draining.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Food Service Specialist 3rd Class

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Medical, dental, life insurance, G.I. Bill

    Cons

    Corrupt command and supervision, mis-communication, disorganization, and a hostile work environment. Get called in on days off for redundant, pointless tasks, receive little to no appreciation for work done, the list goes on and on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing opportunities with true professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commander in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Commander in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Excellent pay and benefits
    - 20 year retirement system
    - Excellent education opportunities
    - Core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty are genuine

    Cons

    - Moving every 2-4 years
    - Fixed (albeit increasing) pay over career
    - Difficult organizational budget climate right now
    - Retirement system is under scrutiny (may be future changes)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing training, lots of character building

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Port Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Port Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great learning experience for sure

    Cons

    definitely lots of travel which is tough

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun, respectable work with lack of desirable leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are good for an entry-level job. Provides opportunity to travel and learn many valuable skills. Also looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Very poor management. Females are treated better and are able to do what they want. Hard work is not a viable way to receive promotions. Instead, you will receive good feedback if command likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest following the lead of Army in the promotion process. There is too much corruption that is unseen or ignored because too much power is available for senior personnel.

    No opinion of CEO

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