US Coast Guard Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
331 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
177 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Work-Life balance, pay, benefits, opportunities to grow and learn for future endeavors (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 13 reviews)

  • Time away from home (3 month in/ 3 month out patrol schedule on the ship I was stationed on) (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Job

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Officer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time for 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
  3.  

    Food Service Specialist 3rd Class

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Amazing opportunities with true professionals

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Amazing training, lots of character building

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    • 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
  7.  

    Fun, respectable work with lack of desirable leadership.

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    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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