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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated September 18, 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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Pros
  • Good amount of time off, great benefits (in 72 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits on top of travel the world (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Officer"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding opportunities. Significant responsibility beginning at a very junior level.

    Cons

    Frequent moves are very disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Semper Paratus


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Great working environment. Great advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Occasionally have bad leadership but they either move on or you do. Sometimes unorganized

  3. "Motivated Self Starter with a Can do Attitude looking to transition to Civilian workforce"

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    Former Employee - Boatswains Mate First Class in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Boatswains Mate First Class in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast Job Pace
    Never the same day to day
    Great leadership experiences early on
    Team setting
    Group Cohesion
    Experience in Critical thinking /crisis management

    Cons

    Long hours
    Small pay
    Decent benefits
    sometimes poor work conditions
    Unpredictable hours

    Advice to Management

    Motivated, Self Starter, Positive Can Do Attitude
    Strong background as team player accompanied by strong leadership qualities
    Supervisory experience


  4. "Life changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Greatest branch to serve for.

    Cons

    Long hours in rough conditions


  5. "Active duty"

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    Former Employee - Petty Officer Second Class in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Second Class in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Supervisors were very good at treating members like adults.
    -Fellow workers were a pleasure to work alongside

    Cons

    -There is a distance and lack of understanding from senior levels of management as to the capabilities and operations of the operations specialists


  6. "U.S. Coast Guard"

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

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

    Pros

    The best People executing critical Missions every day.
    Many great Bases!
    Lots of Action
    Core Values

    Cons

    Lots of moves in a 20 year career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the assignment process completely fair!


  7. "An Employer With A Mission - Maybe too many missions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard is a dynamic organization, with "Search and Rescue" in its sole. It is excellent at developing strategies to deal with floods, oil spills, and other disasters

    Cons

    The working and living spaces and conditions for its employees vary greatly. It's Human Resources machinery is terribly broken; hiring and firing takes forever. Technology is enormously frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Work on HR systems; Make HR work for the CG and not the other way around. Make technology that allows service members to access files and email wherever they work, especially since the Service has transitioned away from geographically centered commands to more a more distributed workforce.

  8. "Electronics Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Community Services Asset Line Manager in West Juneau, AK
    Former Employee - Community Services Asset Line Manager in West Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Time Off, And Medical Coverage

    Cons

    Lots of time deployed, Long hours, Rough living conditions, Difficulty getting anything accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Change policies toward new hires; give the hiring managers better tools to entice veterans


  9. "Chief Petty Officer"

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    Former Employee - Food Service Officer in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Food Service Officer in Jacksonville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward career opportunity and education.

    Cons

    Multiple relocations and travel

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership


  10. "A learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Seaman in Kodiak, AK
    Former Employee - Seaman in Kodiak, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    sailed to remote parts of the world, meet incredible friends, learned valuable life lessons.

    Cons

    corruptions inside the service. Non-Judicial Punishment used to put fear into the crew of my cutter, while at the same time mutilating enlisted members lively hoods in many different angles during there time in service. Many more things i wish not to speak of that only a Veteran or Active Duty Military would understand.

    Advice to Management

    more pronounced checks and balances within the service not only to ensure the smooth completion of the mission but more importantly the health and sanity of it's members.


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