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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  1. "Coast Guard"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Getting to save lives. Meet different people

    Cons

    Away from the family, deployments long work hours


  2. "Good people. Heroes one and all."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I'd Tell You, But I'd Have to in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - I'd Tell You, But I'd Have to in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Besides "It's the government" you would be hard pressed to find a better group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Besides "It's the government", compared to other opportunities the government is a "huge ship" that takes even slight turns at "glacial speed"--painfully slow.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard to be them.

  3. "Aviation Electronics Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Challenging system errors but rewarding job.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and segregation between ranks.


  4. "Coast guard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    the organization cares about its people.

    Cons

    Normally move cities every couple years


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Three Admiral on Base different leadership style

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employee, listen and work on solutions together


  6. "Military without the DoD issues"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get all the Military benefits without being part of DoD and the need to deploy to locations with hostile intent. As a member of the USCG if your job skills are needed for deployment, you can ask to deploy. The current nature of the service is that we will only send those who want to go to locations like the middle east. We have more than enough work and missions to do here at home and our territorial waters.

    Cons

    Because we are such a small service, most of the public has no idea who we are and what we do. Unfortunately this leads to a chronic underfunding of the service directly impacting the quality of our assets resulting in the service exemplifying the motto of doing more with less...

    Advice to Management

    We need to help the public and elected officials understand the services impact and positive contributions to our nation and provide the service with the support it needs to ensure that our required missions are completed in a safe and efficient manner.


  7. "Former United States Coast Guard Yeoman"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long Term
    - Great Comradery
    - Good Benefits
    - Opportunities to change career
    - Exciting job opportunities
    Short Term
    - Excellent Technical Training and experience
    - Post 911 G.I. Bill
    - Steady Pay
    - Great leadership training

    Cons

    - Slow advancement and long school (technical Training) wait times
    - Can not choose where you get stationed
    - Relocate every 2-4 years
    - Can go underway (out to sea) for extended periods of time 6 months or greater
    - Can work up to 16hours a day every day without overtime this is called double 4 to 8's in the coast guard (4hrs watch, 8hrs work, 4hrs watch again)
    - Duty Obligation which is a 24hr security watch where you are "not allowed" to leave the base. This can be as frequent as 4 times a week to once a month depending on your stations needs.

    Advice to Management

    - Consider recruiting based on available rates and guarantee A (technical) school to prevent rate oversaturation, slow advancement, and long school wait times.
    - Consider reducing member relocations Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and transferring trained members to stations where they require retraining.
    - Consider revamping priority method for PCS's to a system based on merit, honoring 1st priority, and give detailer less freedom to interpretive authority.
    - Consider less unnecessary diversity training and focus on creating technical experts within certain departments.

  8. "Is the military for me?"

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    Current Employee - Machinery Technician
    Current Employee - Machinery Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Job stability
    Extremely low cost benefits
    Great for young and single individuals
    Great advancement opportunity
    Upon discharge, bachelor's degree can be fully funded depending on college attended and cost of tuition.

    Cons

    Low pay/hours worked
    Loss of individual freedoms
    Some people can be mentally abusive
    Constant relocating
    Not much difference in pay when advancing


  9. "Best Job I Ever Had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Great job with great mission.
    Great people serving a great country.
    Love the Search and Rescue mission.
    Traveling.
    Great pay/benefits

    Cons

    People can make or break where you are stationed. But don't let that get to you. In 2-4 years, you're going to a different unit with all new people anyways.


  10. "AET"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AET in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - AET in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great experiences mostly great people

    Cons

    government work. hurry up and wait


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