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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • 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. "Chief Petty Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. "If you can get in, GET IN!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Enlisted Leader
    Former Employee - Senior Enlisted Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its military but has a job to do also, not just train for war.

    Cons

    You have to start at the bottom, but with hard work you could be in a leadership position within a year.


  4. "Best place to learn great skills for the future"

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    Former Employee - Petty Officer in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Petty Officer in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, equal opportunities to succeed.

    Cons

    Long work hours and hazing still exists.


  5. "The best military services to be a part of."

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    Current Employee - Apprentice Marine Inspector in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Apprentice Marine Inspector in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard offers a wide range of job specialization along with training. There is a sense of family within the organization that makes it easier when you have to transfer from one location to another.

    Cons

    Obviously one of the biggest is the same with any military service that you can expect to move every 3 to 4 years and you won't always be able to control where you go.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the needs of your people.


  6. "Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technician/Communications Training Team in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technician/Communications Training Team in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Get to save lives and help the public.

    Cons

    Being Deployed away from family.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  7. "Explored the world"

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    Current Employee - E5-Coast Guard- Petty Officer Second Class in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - E5-Coast Guard- Petty Officer Second Class in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    public service, Camaraderie, active lifestyle

    Cons

    extended time away from family, difficulty removing poor leaders, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Admiral Zunkuft has done wonders for the service, I am excited to see where it goes.

  8. "Still needs improvement but great"

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    Current Employee - E5 - Petty Officer Second Class in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - E5 - Petty Officer Second Class in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    History, Humanitarian service, Skills, and Character building.

    Cons

    Certain rates guarantee you will be at Lowe's when retired or out cause skills translate to nothing degree and job wise.

    Advice to Management

    Become more like the Air force in setting Shipmates up for success after career, education and certification wise , the commandant's should not be only ones to walk into high salary job's at careers end. And it's been 227 years how about some minority other than caucasian women for admiral's and Commandant's.


  9. "OS2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Good Time. Get to help others.

    Cons

    you work very long hours


  10. "Enlisted"

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    Current Employee - Officer In Charge in San Pedro, CA
    Current Employee - Officer In Charge in San Pedro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great career and will retire with outstanding experience and benefits for my family and I.

    Cons

    Frequent moves throughout which isn't always desired


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