US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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  1. Mid-grade officer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great promotion potential, training, and working with private industry Top notch enlisted personnel

    Cons

    Routine moving, but that is part of the service

    Advice to Management

    Fewer civil supervisors and more active duty supervisors.

  2. Senior Chief Electronics Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and opportunities if you apply yourself and take the initiative.

    Cons

    Some political issues and local cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for preparing people well and investing in training.

  3. Former Intern. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern, the Coast Guard provided real life experience with working in the military

    Cons

    The only con was that the internship was unpaid, but that is to be expected

    Advice to Management

    Keep the internship program the way it is.

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  5. Not a typical bureaucracy in the federal government.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally committed to the mission and engaged in their work. The blend of military and civilian billets presents unique challenges and opportunities. Strong emphasis on finding a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Agency is part of a larger department and the federal government . Typical FED Government issues can sometimes emphasize process over product.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and appreciate the value provided in the continuity of the civilian workforce. Find a better balance in recognizing the efforts between military and civilian personnel

  6. Coast Guard Officer

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    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility right off the bat! A real time mission in which your constantly operationally challenged. Amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor leadership development opportunities. It's kind of a sink or swim organization. You are expected to develop on your own.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not sure what you want to do its a great place to start, especially if leaning towards military service.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Coast Guard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Coast Guard is an excellent part of Department of Homeland Security to work for!

    Cons

    Supervisors are constantly changing because they are active duty military.

  9. US Coast Guard Aviation - Pilot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a young pilot, you get the opportunity to make a difference in military or civilian life. You will save a life, make a difference utilizing the skills of a pilot. When you get done in your first year, you WILL have saved a life. It is completely worth it to see the look on someone's face of relief that they will live and to witness a family reunited.

    Cons

    You may need to put up with an organization not dedicated to aviation exclusively. Some cons will be depressed funding for equipment and representation at the higher levels of the organization. The USCG is lead by 20th century ship/surface thinkers - lost are opportunities for the future such as advanced flight vehicles and Unmanned systems - all with sensors highly integrated. The USCG continues to search like it did in the 1950s - despite newer ships, they are still ships with limited sensors to find a person or assist the Homeland Security Mission. I have been utterly disappointed with lost opportunities I had on searches or other missions if I just had the equipment. Motivated and great people will only take the organization so far.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage tech. Free the organization of service acquisition - apply the time tested commercial off the shelf strategy to utilize the latest in technology and refresh of aging systems. Get away from heavy reliance upon large cutters with exception of Alaska and Arctic/Antarctic mission sets, concentrate on smaller more elite small boats, patrol vessels. Allow the USN to leverage littoral shipboard presence. Optimize the newer air systems with sensors and invest in COTS unmanned systems - more now than ever for Maritime Domain awarenss.

  10. Great Mission, Small Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, sound training opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership isn't emphasized as much as it should be

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to maximize your human capital

  11. USCG HQ

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the most transparent services/agencies in the Capitol Region and the first to pass a comprehensive agency audit leading to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. I work with a dedicated team of intrepid professionals driven towards pro-active collaboration and product/service excellence.

    Cons

    Due this critical period of Sequestration and Reduction of Forces, we are now experiencing increased levels of competitiveness in both the commissioned and enlisted ranks which hinders professional achievement and team/personnel recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Commandants' 1st principle "Steady the Service"... we must return to a sustainable state... and 4th principle, "Respect our Shipmates".

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