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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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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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  1. "Sandblaster/painters helper"

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    Former Employee - Sandblaster/Painters Helper in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Sandblaster/Painters Helper in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I had worked there for 7 years.

    Cons

    Needs to make all jobs permanent

    Advice to Management

    Good place to work.


  2. "It's the military"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Fulfills sense of adventure

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor

  3. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, good benefits, teamwork, family-oriented, everyone makes a difference. Good supervisors who care about people and career growth. Excellent focus on education and personal and professional goals.

    Cons

    Salaries should be higher. Depending on your level and rank (e.g., civilian, duty, status, etc), as well as your geographical location, salary tiers vary. There is a step increase per salaries every 2 years (every 3 years for higher ranks), as well as COLA increases when D.C. approves.

    Advice to Management

    Good management with a "leader at every level" acknowledgement. A performance-based culture grounded in objectives that are measurable and tracked. Strong accountability with visible recognition.


  4. "Great Organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    I spent more than 22 years in the Coast Guard. Great people and great mission.

    Cons

    The only downside for me was the moving every three to four years, which can also be seen as a positive.


  5. "I had a fantastic 22 year career in the US Coast Guard."

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    Current Employee - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel, great benefits, 30 days paid vacation, good opportunities for advancement, great job locations, great place to develop leadership skills and discipline

    Cons

    Move often, short staffed, poor leadership in middle management positions, old outdated equipment, doing more with less

    Advice to Management

    Make sure middle management positions are getting leadership training


  6. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the challenge of job

    Cons

    Constantly moving every three to four years

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Operations specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good pay
    Travel
    Education benefits

    Cons

    Equipment is always outdated .

  8. "EMCS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    You get to tour the US

    Cons

    You have to move 3-5 years


  9. "One of the better services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement are common
    Good benefits
    Great training opportunities

    Cons

    Budget short fall hurts mission ops and support

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with subordinate feedback


  10. "Coast Guard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Getting to save lives. Meet different people

    Cons

    Away from the family, deployments long work hours


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