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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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  • Good amount of time off, great benefits (in 68 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits on top of travel the world (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "One of the Best decisions I could have made at 19 years old."

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician Second Class in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician Second Class in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I joined at a young age searching for direction and a way to one day pay for school. The Coast Guard will always be one of my best like choices and if your looking to be in the service I would tell you to do your research and pick the right rate and if it would be best to be an officer if you have any college background. The benefits are great but advancement can be very slow. I did 9 years but decided to get out due to the very slow advancement lists. I was stationed in Alaska, Hawaii and California. I recommend talking with a Coastie before joined and checking out the ships and the jobs they offer.

    Cons

    Advancement can be slow,
     Moving every 3-4 years gets old,
    CG budget is very small so be ready to work with what you got,
    Boot camp can be hard for some. Only 8 weeks!


  2. "Rewarding job"

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    Former Employee - E-7 - Coast Guard - Chief Petty Officer in Elizabeth City, NC
    Former Employee - E-7 - Coast Guard - Chief Petty Officer in Elizabeth City, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding career saving lives, helping people in distress, and enforcing environmental/ federal laws. Advancement can be fast for certain rates others take longer because people stay longer and can't advance unless there is open billet.

    Cons

    Moving every four years perhaps somewhere that you don't want to live its based on openings at other units. Your rate/qualification can limit options.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoyed my career 22 plus years

  3. "Coast Guard"

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    Current Employee - Commander, U S Coast Guard in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Commander, U S Coast Guard in Alameda, CA

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

    Pros

    11 missions, professional personnel, prestige.

    Cons

    Enjoy the Coast Guard, its missions and people.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Maritime Enforcement Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Versatility of the job and challenges.

    Cons

    Deployment time away from home and family

  8. "Great Opportunity to Serve Your Country"

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    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can have a lot of pride and belief in your work. Great camaraderie. Tons of free travel and interesting training opportunities. It's essentially the type of thing where the more you put in the more you'll get out of it. For instance, if you want to train hard and become diver certified or join a tactical unit, no one is going to push for that but you, and no one will reap the reward from that but you.

    Cons

    Morale can degrade quickly under poor unit command, or even just poor NCOs. You don't know the definition of toxic work environment until you see it in the military. And as it's the military with UCMJ like any other branch, they own you.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more espirit de corps, more emphasis on true belief. Hypocrisy from leadership is the surest way to erode belief all the way down the chain of command.


  9. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Inspiring mission.

    Cons

    Silos of operational expertise understandably take precedence, however this is at the expense of expertise in support services and logistic and process expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Competition for promotion does not incentivize vital financial, logistic, and support services.


  10. "USCG"

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    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


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