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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • 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. "Fair if you can deal with displacement and stress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable income with reliable benefits. You have to do a lot of leg work and paperwork, but in the end, you get benefits that are sometimes hard to come by as a civilian. Great for young and single members.

    Cons

    You are at the mercy of your detailer and they are in little need of members with the current economy, so they will test you to see if you still want that paycheck. If you are not willing to be stationed for 3 years in a 378 foot boat in Alaska that is underway 3 months at a time for half the year, then don't bother. It's really luck of the draw. Be careful with the rate you pick. For one reason or another, unless you are lucky, expect to relocate every 2 to 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Actually look out for your members. Needs of the service does not mean take advantage. Most people are willing to work with you if you give them fair options.


  2. "Best job ever"

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

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Drive fast boats. Shoot cool guns. Get paid to do it.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have a crummy supervisor but there are more good than bad

    Advice to Management

    No more GMT training. Its a waste of time


  3. "Lieutenant Commander"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome, better pay as you advance. Outstanding educational benefits. You get to travel the country and the world. Simply a great service to be part of.

    Cons

    Many people don't understand their role within the larger organization and openly complain about trivial matters.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time worrying about mission success rather than Mandated Training compliance. Many senior people get bored, run reports from behind their desk, send emails to all levels and call it leadership.


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  5. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to travel to a new place every few years.

    Cons

    You have to move every few years.


  6. "BMC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bmc in Rio Grande, NJ
    Current Employee - Bmc in Rio Grande, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a small service where each member is valued. Unit types are small creating close bonds with meaning full duties. Our missions have a direct impact on the safety and security of our nation. You are in total control of your career, and you are encouraged to improve upon yourself through education, advancement, certifications and leadership. The job it self can be very exciting.

    Cons

    There are very few! Moving every 2-4 yrs can be problematic to some. If you suffer from sea sickness perhaps this is not the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain our traditions despite the ever changing world outside the gate. Continue to trust in your people as we have not let you down yet.


  7. "Pick your rate pick your fate."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Support our country and serve.

    Cons

    Just like any job sometimes you boss sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your petty officers


  8. "AMT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Mission. The people. Variety of options of what direction you want your career to go in. The benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes gone away from family. The advancement system has some flaws as a whole. Not too much else to speak of.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the enlisted advancement system. Have seen too many underserving promotions. Some policies established from the higher ups seem to be for the sake of unnecessary change or personal gain.


  9. "US Coast Guard/MSST/MSRT/Stations/Cutters"

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

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

    Pros

    The missions. Search and Rescue experiences. Federal Law Enforcement. Being an operational BM for 12 years. After 12 years my paychecks were almost $5500/mo take home.

    Cons

    If you are on operational side, work load is huge. Your $5500 turns into pennys after being on duty for 15 days /mo

    Advice to Management

    Managements is awesome. Everyone is required to go througt "Hurt feelings" training :)


  10. "Airman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Builds teamwork, camaraderie, and pride

    Cons

    Long days, works holidays, away from home


  11. "Great Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smallest Branch of the Military...so you feel less like "just a number" in the mix of things. With it being so small, junior members are given greater responsibility...some of which is equivalent to senior leadership in other branches of the military.

    Cons

    Relocate every 2-4 years depending on career track; For officers if you don't promote, you are removed from active duty.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider evaluation system and how you keep good performers that may not promote in the time given.



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