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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Pros
  • Good amount of time off, great benefits (in 63 reviews)

  • There are great people within the organization which makes working in the Coast Guard a pleasure (in 49 reviews)

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  1. "Best working experience thus far"

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    Former Employee - Electricians Mate Coast Guard in Galveston, TX
    Former Employee - Electricians Mate Coast Guard in Galveston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to travel to new and exciting places. Learn a technical skills. Medical benefits.

    Cons

    Away from home at extended periods.


  2. "Electrician"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A chance to grow intellectually and professionally

    Cons

    One has to be very flexible to be able to tackle the job


  3. "U.S. Coast Guard (Enlisted)"

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    Current Employee - EM2 Electrician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - EM2 Electrician in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, a new benefit that will start January 2018 members will received up to a 5% match on their TSP.

    Cons

    You will have to move every 3-4 years although some people like that aspect so it may not be a con.


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  5. "Non-Rate (E-3)"

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    Former Employee - Non-rate in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Non-rate in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -High potential to be stationed in some ideal locations throughout the U.S
    -Opportunity to be trained in some cool things (all depending on what kind of unit you go to and the responsibility they put on their non-rates)
    - Some units like a small boat station or an air station may award you BAH making your annual salary nearly double (don't count on it though)
    - More times than not you will go to medical that is not a Coast Guard medical center (probably navy/marine core)

    Cons

    - Work/Life balance
    - Deployments are short most times (1-4 months) but will likely be frequent if you are attached to a deployable unit
    - special treatment to certain members
    - double standards
    - unless you go one of the office type jobs (YN) there is not a lot of rates that will grant you training to carry you over to civilian life.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain team cohesiveness in the lower enlisted ranks by giving non-rates more responsibility and ensuring members do not abuse rank by explicitly detailing out each member's given responsibilities to carry out while on duty throughout the unit.


  6. "MK"

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    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork leadership and life experience

    Cons

    Multiple job skills and lots of travel


  7. "Start you new career"

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    Current Employee - First Class Petty Officer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - First Class Petty Officer in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a 20 year member of the coast guard, the skills that you will learn are invaluable to the ever changing job market.

    Cons

    I have no cons your the coast gusrf


  8. "Great way to learn skills and get certifications"

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    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family, friendships, skills, education, pay, benefits

    Cons

    gone for long periods of time, long days


  9. "Long-term career opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Senior Enlisted in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Enlisted in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous benefits, travel and retirement

    Cons

    Military culture, conservative, some tours of duty can be challenging to work-life balance


  10. "Coast Guard career quick info"

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    Former Employee - Senior Employee in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Employee in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Travel, full benefits- education, health, ability to network, advance or promote, educational and training opportunities if you take advantage of it, great co-workers and professional relationships with agency counterparts

    Cons

    Conservative military culture not for everyone, challenging work-life balance in some tours of duty, a lot of political nuances in upper management, mostly ego-driven due to human nature

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful and stay connected to your employees, enforce policies swiftly and fairly across the board


  11. "Great all around job"

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Garibaldi, OR
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Garibaldi, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of training, you get to see different places, different everyday, you are going to where lots of different hats early on, great camaraderie

    Cons

    Move every 2-4 years(pro for some), a bad command can really drain you, not for everyone


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