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Canadian Coast Guard Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "Challenging Work"

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    Current Employee - Deckhand in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Deckhand in Ontario, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Different work environments, challenging work environments. Fun coworkers. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Long periods of time away from home. Inexperienced management, poor leadership.


  2. "marine engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    -great leave system. 1 to 1 days worked to days off typically.
    -more focus on proper maintenance of machinery compared to private sector jobs
    -very safe work environment
    -laid back atmosphere
    -vessel tasks can vary widely, keeps work interesting
    -most colleagues

    Cons

    -pay is below industry standard
    -Federal pay system is a total disaster
    -useless union (pay contract has been expired since 2013)
    -arrogant/entitled coast guard college new-grads
    -bureaucracy

  3. "Navigation Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Very unique experience
    Varied work
    Everything is provided while working

    Cons

    Current pay system is a bit messed up
    Like any government job, even the bad apples stay


  4. "Depends wildly what position you have."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Operational jobs in CCG are the most exciting government jobs, one can have. Various positions to fill either at sea or on shore.

    Cons

    Massive amount of red tape. Mid-level management trying to involve themselves at every turn. And serious pay problems due to the phoenix pay system debacle.


  5. "Chief Cook"

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    Current Employee - Chief Cook
    Current Employee - Chief Cook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing crew and coworkers, cool travel experiences

    Cons

    Problems with payroll, long times away from home

    Advice to Management

    Work on the payroll system !


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Marine Engineer
    Current Employee - Marine Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Time on,- time off schedule is nice. Most employees are proud of the CG with a few exceptions.

    Cons

    Pay is not great for time spent away, management controls most of your banked leave and overtime opportunities are very limited. Union dues are mandatory and the union are of little value, especially when negotiating with government. Unlicensed personnel on-board fleet vessels receive a lay-day factor (extra 0.17 days) per day at sea that the licence'd personnel do not receive. Many of the vessels are past their design life expectancy and re-capitalization of the fleet is slow. All public service employees are cast under one umbrella when government uses the public service as a scapegoat for savings (most recently with the Harper Government). You will never be fully appreciated by the general public without senior management and elected government acknowledging your work and pay is justified.

    Advice to Management

    Negotiate a lay-day factor for Fleet Officers (Appendix H employee's) or remove the factor from ships crew collective agreement.


  7. "Career Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they have been greatly eroded.

    Cons

    Politics, favoritism. In order to progress in rank you have to know the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Maritime region the way it is. Fleet Officers and Crew in Halifax and Dartmouth deserve recognition.

  8. "Bureaucracy..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    We do a good thing for Canadians. It's not the most efficient, but we're there!

    Cons

    The process of promotions and development of individuals is a very painful process and a major obstacle. There's a lack of culture in certain offices (especially Ottawa) and it's an organization working in operating reactively (due to some underfunding though).

    Advice to Management

    Tell our story better. Bring the organization to the present!


  9. "My Career"

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    Current Employee - Marine Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marine Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed 32 years working with Canadian Coast Guard, being part of protecting our Canadian Waters, helping other mariners, the marine environment and waterways. I earned a good living for my family and now a pension. I continue to work there as a relief person. It is a proud feeling to be part of this group and all the services it provides. I am retired but still want to remain and do a small part to contribute to our Marine Community.

    Cons

    Being away from home and missing a part of family life

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to lobby Government for new vessels


  10. "enjoyed the helicopter rides to visit the lightstations."

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    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk/Switchboard in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk/Switchboard in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I found all the Managers of the departments very easy to speak with, They were always very understanding and always there to help when something came up you were not familiar with. I always came away at the end of the day happy and not stressed.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say negatively.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be patient when a new clerk is hired so he or she has time to absorb all the areas of the Coast Guard areas.


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