US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated August 3, 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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Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • During my career, it was job security (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 15 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, lots of time off, get to do many interesting things during the day while working there

    Cons

    limited advancement opportunities, but otherwise not too much, as with any government office, no water/coffee supplied


  2. IT officer

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    Former Employee - Military Officer in Kearneysville, WV
    Former Employee - Military Officer in Kearneysville, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    The retirement and benefits are good. The job locations are also good compared to other military branches.

    Cons

    Boat drivers and IT professionals compete for promotions. The organization favors operators and not support staff. Expect to be a second rate employee.

    Advice to Management

    Retain qualified staff. A graduate degree does not make a technical specialist.


  3. Coast Guard Office Of Real Property

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I wprked a civilian contractor at the USCG headquarters in Washington, DC in 2001. Excellent keadership and colegiality.

    Cons

    Coast Guard, like all federal agencies is pretty beurocratic and slow moving


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  5. Helicopter Pilot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Coast Guard mission is the best in the world. The organization is well organized and values its members. I would recommend the Coast Guard to any young person looking to serve their country

    Cons

    The Coast Guard has downsized over the past several years and it has created an extremely challenging environment to remain promotable in the service. Many good men and women are being forced to separate simply because they are not in the top 50 percent of their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with members with regard to what makes them promotable. Candidly discuss strengths and weaknesses with each subordinate to eliminate any surprises when promotion time comes.


  6. Program manager for Operational Information Systems

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    This is a diverse, exciting, and rewarding career! I have had many opportunities to learn and hone my leadership & management skills. Great education opportunities; my MBA was fully funded as well as all of the Defense Acquisition University classes and certifications. A+ organization.

    Cons

    As with any military organization they have times when they reduce their size. On a good note, they give you every opportunity to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability and transparency are good targets for CG management to continue to train their current and future leaders.


  7. Mid-grade officer

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  8. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth if you know the right places to look and you take a great deal of initiative.

    Cons

    Very little to NO leadership training. Not great about investing in their people.


  9. Senior Chief Electronics Technician

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    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Former Intern. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    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.


  11. Not a typical bureaucracy in the federal government.

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    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC
    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



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