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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Pros
  • Meaningful work and great benefits (in 59 reviews)

  • There are great people within the organization which makes working in the Coast Guard a pleasure (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "some good some bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BM2 in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - BM2 in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of travel, housing allowance, exciting job, technology on the job is very nice, 30 days of vacation a year.

    Cons

    Leadership can be lacking, coworkers can be irritating, vacation is hard to get in the summer, responsibility can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the enlisted, most Sector level and above officers have no clue what is going on.


  2. "Librarian & Yoga Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian in Aguadilla, PR
    Current Employee - Librarian in Aguadilla, PR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make your own hours. The community is very welcoming.

    Cons

    The MWR program has little funding. Compensation could be better.


  3. "Public Affairs Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    solid pay + benefits, exciting mission

    Cons

    lacks racial/gender/social diversity at administrative/management levels, outdated technology, military rotations interrupt workflow


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    "Manager of Process Guide Development & SharePoint Developer/Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with a tight knit group and great personalities. The leadership/command are amazing.

    Cons

    The C4IT service Center is under immense change, causing much confusion and discord among its members. Some would say it's "Broken".

    Advice to Management

    Personnel and Leadership great, so the focus should be on Mission Success and Organization.


  6. "Intelligence Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Military benefits. Growth potential. Pride in service.

    Cons

    Move frequently. May have to deploy frequently.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "USCG"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good military benefits like the Post 911 GI bill

    Cons

    You can get sea sick quickly

    Advice to Management

    Great team work ethic


  8. "Master Chief"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    As one of the 5 military branches ad part of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard has 11 mission areas ( search and rescue, law enforcement, ice operations, drug interdiction, etc) that really make a difference in enforcing US laws and help keep American citizens safe. This made me proud to be a member of the Coast Guard organization.

    Cons

    One of the major cons is that you have to move every 3-4 years. This makes it hard on spouses who try to build up seniority in companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the junior enlisted as they often have good input/suggestions on how to improve business practices.


  9. "Amazing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and leave

    Cons

    Nothing at all everything I think is positive


  10. "Life as a Reservist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health & education Benefits of being a reservist is really good, and the pay is not bad for part time work. Believe it or not, short deployments to incidents are actually a blessing in disguise because the rare experience you get and the connections that you make.

    Cons

    For the past couple of years, the reserves seem to run out of money at the end of the FY. So with that being said, if you were unable to schedule your drills before the 4th Quarter, you run the risk of not getting paid and having a "bad year" count towards retirement. This is poor planning on the CG Reserve Program. The other issue is that the Coast Guard wants to support the reserves the same way they support the active duty with the same IT and Security policies. They can't do that for several reasons: 1. Not all reservists reside near a Coast Guard Command and has physical access to a Coast Guard Work Station. 2. Remote Access capabilities are limited to a set of approved reserve personnel and reliability of the connection is unreliable especially during high traffic times. 3. Lack of secure collaboration tools make it difficult for reservists to do CG business without Remote access Or a physical work station. The CG has yet to update their policies, and fund tools and systems to support the reservists. Another issue we have is that O-6's and above and some O-5's and above are expected to Drill for points (ie work for free) because they don't have enough paid billets. I'm not sure someone at that level (usually with 15+ years in and LOTS of valuable experience) appreciates the CG asking them to work, but not pay them.

    Advice to Management

    READ THESE GLASSDOOR REVIEWS! The OAS survey can only tell you so much. The Reserves are in a bad state. Cynicism, low morale due to the perception that our experience and service is not valuable. We expend alot of OUR time and MONEY to serve and it is getting old. If we can not be compensated by pay, or even ease our CG Network and communication issue, you will loose some of your workforce who can bring their civilian career expertise to help you.


  11. "Working at Coast Guard"

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    Current Employee - Team Member
    Current Employee - Team Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, outstanding work, best decision!

    Cons

    Change never stops, people and policy need time to see unintended results before moving to next change

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing



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