US Coast Guard
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www.uscg.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Coast Guard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Mar 2, 2014
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4.2 28 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

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

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

(15 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Proud to be a Coast Guardsman

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGreat team of dedicated professionals

ConsOften work long hours but this is expected in the military culture

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more visible to your employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best organization in the world

Military Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsOrganizational focus is protecting life

ConsAs with any military branch, you are expected to move every few years, which is difficult when your family wants to stay put.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Worthwhile and meaningful missions

Military Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsIt's the smaller of the five military branches with greater opportunity for leadership and has eleven different primary missions, from law enforcement, marine safety, ice breaking to search and rescue.

ConsPart of DHS rather than DOD, but must work in both.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent organization

Commissioned Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsThey do great things! And they are known world wide as a humanitarian organization

ConsNone, this organization is one of the best in the world to work for

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing

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

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Wasted 12 years with this employer

Machinery Technician (Former Employee)
Alexandria, VA

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

ProsPay was good. Get to choose duty station.

ConsBad leadership from the top down...

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn from the Marines.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, great mission, great job

CIO's Acquisition Liaison (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsWorking on projects vital to the safety and security of the American people. A very formal and prescribed advancement and development program that, if used properly by people is very effective.

ConsNo geographic stability. Varying work load made it hard to plan life events. No formal leadership development program for mid-level officers.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to communicate the Coast Guard's vision throughout the USA and the world. Promote the concept of the "inverted pyramid".

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best organization I have ever worked for!

Senior Watch Officer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmall organization, tight knit community, well organized.

ConsCan have limited job choices.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good career opportunities, but each advancement comes with a move or more responsibilities, or both.

Coastie (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsUpward mobility is encouraged. Travel the world. Best people to wrok with anywhere.

ConsYou are working for the government and sometimes that means doing things you may not internally agree with or at a cost to your family.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage to tell Congress no or no more before too many more Coasties die trying to save lives or operate with aged equipment, not enough training, or too many hours on the watch.

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

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USCG does more with less - totally focused on mission

Military Officer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe missions of the USCG are rewarding. Its a humanitarian service with a military bent ... or a military service with a humanitarian bent. Either way, the best enlisted, officer, and civilian personnel make up this tiny service that gets A LOT done with few resources. Those who like a narrow job description need not apply ... you should be ready to step out of your comfort zone but you will likely never find a more rewarding occupation.

ConsThe other military services look down their noses at the Coast Guard ("is it REALLY a military service?" ) ... that is until they learn a bit more about the quality of the service and the people that serve. So .. don't enlist thinking that people will think you're tough for being a Coastie.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the officer corps in half. Focus on retaining and recruiting the best enlisted talent that you can and promoting them to Chiefs and sending them to OCS. I believe that there is a lot more "bang for the buck" in small boats and patrol boats than National Security Cutters. Stop trying to compete with the US Navy and be proud of your surfboat heritage.

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

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Loved the environment; headquarters is quite different from the field

Paralegal Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Coast Guard as a contractor for less than a year

ProsMost people actually do work!
The resources are great!
Very family oriented.
I learned a lot there

ConsFederal gov't hiring freeze smh
Too much red tape for the simplest things
Contractors are not allowed to attend free trainings at headquarters

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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