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US Coast Guard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
44 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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44 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.  

    Coast Guard

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    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Mission, Small Organization

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Good benefits, sound training opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership isn't emphasized as much as it should be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to maximize your human capital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    US Coast Guard Aviation - Pilot

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    USCG HQ

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    not for everybody

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    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The missions are honorable, extremely honorable.

    Cons

    The culture is sluggish and linear, almost fearfully so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great uniform culture

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Paid fairly well for a federal goverment career. Opportunities for advancement are plentiful as the skillset of the jobis transferrable to many other fed agencies.

    Cons

    Salary non-negotiable (which is expected for a fed position but not the case everwhere). You are better heard if you are actually in-service, though the discrimination is not horrible it does exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better training program for incoming employees, especially considering the service members are rotated so oftena nd much knowledge is lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    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
  10.  

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

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    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)

    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
  11.  

    A wonderful career choice.

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    Former Contractor - Document Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Document Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    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

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