US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
316 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits, ethical work force, and the APO division is very well administered (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 12 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Outstanding employer

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

    Pros

    US Coast Guard is a fantastic team committed to serving the nation and keeping our waterways safe. Everyday has been an adventure. Consistently served with outstanding people

    Cons

    Staff jobs can sometimes demand more time away from family than operational tours. New headquarters in DC is a wonderful building but it is difficult to reach as a commuter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A wonderful career choice.

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

    Pros

    Protecting America borders and interest and teaching Maritime guidelines to other Coast Guards throughout the world.

    Cons

    So many procedures to make simple changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more adaptable to suggestions from staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Environmental Compliance Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The USCG is one of the best, premire organizations to work for. With a wide range of important missions to accomplish and a seemingly decreasing workforce, you can certainly learn a lot no matter what your paygrade is.

    Cons

    Downsizing when we need to upsizing. Previous Commandant was not a good fit for the Coast Guard. Lets hope to new one is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to Congress and stop bowing down to their budget cuts. We are a needed US service and the taxpayers understand the value of having us ready to save their lives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunity to serve your country while honing leadership and management skills.

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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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. Takes excellent care of its people. Full benefits to include medical and dental. Retirement opportunities after only 20 years of service.

    Cons

    The biggest con would have to be the requirement to move from place to place every 2-4 years. It can be difficult for a family to feel a sense of community although it can be overcome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing work environment and colleagues

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard "does more with less people." It's a small community and everyone works incredibly hard and supports one another. You get tons of experience quickly and have a great network of people around you. People are incredibly motivated and it's just the best work place.

    Cons

    With the federal government making budget cuts across the board, room for advancement has become more limited in recent years. I think things are starting to improve, but it's always a slow process with the federal government.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Outfit!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great mission and people. USCG invests in proficient/competent workforce. Close, family-like, and Coasties are motivated. Not many whiners in this outfit and very little to whine about.

    Cons

    Work at the HQ in Washington DC is terrific except for three things:
    1. Commute to the HQ is horrible, long, frustrating, unreliable. Worst I've had to endure in 30+ years.
    2. Parking...there is none, so commute even more arduous...carpools, or car to train, train station changes, bus/shuttle, then long walk (no fun in the rain!)...reduces flexibility adds unnecessarily to daily anxiety.
    3. Facility security...ridiculously excessive (and probably outrageously expensive)...frustrates ability to get the job done...partner agencies have learned to avoid USCG HQ like the plague...security "gauntlet" not worth the hassle, delays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix parking and adopt a more sensible security posture at the facility that won't impact ability to work with partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mission oriented organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer Directorate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer Directorate in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The vast majority of people who work for the Coast Guard are there because they believe in the missions of the organization. They are motivated, smart and dedicated to their profession.

    Cons

    Recent federal budget cuts have made performing the missions of the CG more difficult. Another result of the budget cuts are smaller class sizes, and long wait-lists to join the CG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider eliminating one or two of the lower priority missions from the CG's 11 statutory missions, rather than applying cuts to the entire organization. Better to do nine missions well than 11 missions poorly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful people, wonderful mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civilan  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Civilan in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good benefits and your work schedules needs are easily accommodated. Diversity occurs naturally, as people come from all walks of life. They have 11 different congressionally mandated missions. You know gong in that you are part of a higher calling.

    Cons

    Work conditions can, naturally be a little harsh. Civilian tuition assistance for college is needed. Careers can be stove-piped making career progression difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider career development and workforce planning programs. Tie the mission of the active and reserve forces together. And teach NCOs how to train NCOs, 90% of training is not done at an A-school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFESSIONAL with substantial experience in executive level management of information technology.

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    Current Employee - Resources Management Division, Chief  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Resources Management Division, Chief in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Great Core values, always put people employees first. A good feeling of Government service helping others and the Nation.

    Cons

    As a Governmenment Agency oftntimes Congress and the Federal Budget influence the direction of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the course is a great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The U.S. Coast Guard for young people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Officer  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    The USCG is a great place for young people to start their career. The organizations does very noble work and young people are given a lot of responsibility and accountability at very junior grades.

    The people you will work with are honest, hard working, and honorable. The truly embody the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

    Cons

    You will need to be willing to give and follow orders and be willing to move to new locations for reassignment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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