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Updated Aug 4, 2022

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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
  • "Great benefits and a good way to see the country(in 276 reviews)
  • "The people are great and serving my country is humbling!(in 151 reviews)
  • "Good pay around the 8 year mark (if on a normal advancement track).(in 92 reviews)
  • "Great opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge of a lot of things and help others.(in 52 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to start off a career

    Aug 3, 2022 - Boatswains Mate 
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    Pros

    Excellent support from higher ups and also great benefits including education resourcds

    Cons

    Little say in where you end up

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Worth It

    Jun 30, 2022 - Enlisted Military 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Challenging and full of diverse experiences. Learned about leadership from great ones. Did not offer everything I hoped for but I am only speaking for myself. That does not reflect on the service itself. It has provided me with skills and the confidence to take the next step in my career with grace. Zero regrets! -Military Benefits (Health Care, Education, SCRA, getting on the plane first! and more) -An increasingly diverse workforce -Many Career specialties -Chance to move around the country -Many shore-based jobs

    Cons

    It is still the military... -There are some policies that just aren't going to keep up with times as many people see fit. -You may not always like where you are assigned. -"Military-grade tech" equates to computers that meltdown when you have too many windows open. (in a job area that was already an administrative nightmare, antique computers were a contributing factor to my frustrations leading me to leave) -If you find yourself halfway into your contract and you don't this is for you, make an exit strategy and review your VA benefits. Make a plan and you can walk away with a lot.

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Solid Organization / Excellent People

    Aug 1, 2022 - Officer in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    The people, missions, shared experiences and opportunities make it an ideal organization for young people out of high school or college looking to establish a direction or gain resume worthy experience in leadership & other technical related fields. Whether Enlisting or going through a commissioning program, applicants will receive an opportunity for a broad education and growth experience.

    Cons

    The toughest parts are the budgetary constraints and (for some) the transfer cycle of 2-4 years. A part of DHS, the USCG doesn't receive funding on par with other DOD military services. Still, members have "done more with less" over the years to maximize the taxpayer dollar. While there is new consideration given to reducing the number of times members relocate their families, transfers have been the hallmark of military service. If you have family, it becomes tough to move them around the country at that frequency, and that is before you consider kids with special needs and spousal employment. The current Commandant (CEO_, Admiral Linda Fagan, is working on each issue.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Reserve Port Security Units

    Jul 31, 2022 - Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Clearwater, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    After spending ten years total at two different Port Security Units, I can attest that for many entry level enlisted members, PSUs provide a home where their skills are utilized and their training and professional development is of importance and imperative to the success of the unit mission which is to support DOD deployments overseas in as little as 96 notice.

    Cons

    Deploying overseas can be arduous for some servicemember which may have been a deciding factor for servicemember choosing the Coast Guard over other military services. However, if you have the desire to serve in a high tempo environment as a Reservist in a unit that will almost certainly deploy overseas during your four-year tenure at a PSU, Port Security Units offer great personal benefit.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Good Benefits if a Dr would accept insurance.

    Jul 16, 2022 - Information Technology in Portsmouth, VA
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    Pros

    Good Pay and good work hours. Job can be rewarding at times.

    Cons

    Medical Clinic is a mess and booked out months to get an appointment Since COVID, everything has went down hill. Support staff are still teleworking in Aug 2022 and it takes weeks to get any help. Tickets are behind because there is nobody to do the work. New active (E4s) members of the Coast Guard can’t advance for years due to testing once a year and they can’t advance until the next year. The Coast Guard will not allow any medical exemptions for the COVID unless you’ve had a reaction to the shot regardless of medical history. Religious Wavers are not given unless you have been given a waiver in the past. There are no exceptions for Civilian Employees due to them ignoring court decisions made against other branches of service. There is a ton of turnover right now so your boss may not actually have any experience.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Started out good and ended badly

    Aug 4, 2022 - Enlisted Military 
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    Pros

    Steady source of income, job security, comradery in unenjoyable/uncomfortable circumstances, unique assignments.

    Cons

    Your success depends greatly on whether you have a good command, which can change every three years. One minute you're top of the class, next minute you're being denied advancement and they don't have the character to tell you why. No benefit to working hard because you get paid the same as your zero-work-ethic coworker.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    SK rate USCG

    Jul 16, 2022 - Procurement Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Military benefits, very manageable working hours, exceptional professional growth opportunities stateside and internationally. Management skills development and government contracting practices are emphasized to hone attention to detail and organization toward audit compliance working with multi- million dollar budgets. Pays very well for the amount of hours worked, depending on location.

    Cons

    Periodic shortfalls with supervisor chain and inconsistencies in policy lead to unnecessary bottlenecks in workflow. Stressful situations arise working with assets that directly impact global operations. Pay varies, subject to living allowances by area code determined by military. Example, Honolulu, HI bi-weekly NET pay is $3,000 at mid level, whereas Chesapeake, VA pays NET $2,200 same job. (Urban vs rural, urban pays substantially more)

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great job

    Aug 2, 2022 - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 
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    Pros

    Working for the Cg g is great. My coworkers were amazing.

    Cons

    Resident complaints could be difficult at times.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Semper Paratus

    Aug 2, 2022 - E6 - Coast Guard 
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    Pros

    The pay for this occupation is good.

    Cons

    There is not much geographic stability with this job.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Helicopter Pilot

    Aug 1, 2022 - Naval Aviator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Awesome mission and excellent people.

    Cons

    None really, perhaps duty standing and deployments b/c they can be tough on the family.

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US Coast Guard Reviews FAQs

US Coast Guard has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 2,380 reviews left anonymously by employees. 84% of employees would recommend working at US Coast Guard to a friend and 66% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, US Coast Guard employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at US Coast Guard. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

84% of US Coast Guard employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated US Coast Guard 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at US Coast Guard to be coworkers, career development, benefits and the cons to be management, culture, senior leadership.

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