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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Good amount of time off, great benefits (in 66 reviews)

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

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  1. "Librarian & Yoga Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. "Public Affairs Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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    lacks racial/gender/social diversity at administrative/management levels, outdated technology, military rotations interrupt workflow


  3. "Intelligence Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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  5. "USCG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. "Life as a Reservist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. "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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 :)


  9. "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.


  10. "Coast Guard Cyber"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New organization, chance to build capability from the ground up

    Cons

    DOD goals with DHS money. Extra bureaucracy and budget constraints present a challenging, time intensive environment

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, show them you can utilize the small size and growth opportunity to implement real change and improvements. Plenty of best practices in industry vice the top heavy defense model


  11. "USCG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LCDR in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - LCDR in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Is a branch of the armed services. (Just like the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines) Have same or similar benefits as the other services.

    Cons

    Potential time away from home or travel. This is a twenty-four seven type job. Can be involved with traumatic type events.


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