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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated September 18, 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. "USCG Engineering Systems Manager - Challenging, exciting work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Systems Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineering Systems Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and dynamic workload across broad range of engineering and logistics support issues from daily maintenance and repair to long-term recapitalization and lifecycle management. Interesting and complex support issues arise on a daily basis that provide ample opportunities for problem solving and stakeholder engagement.

    Cons

    USCG headquarters office is in Anacostia with limited access to parking. Inflexible leadership and work hours. Leadership relies heavily on micromanagement with limited opportunities for flexible work-hours, both of which negatively impact work life and overall job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees to increase creativity, performance and job satisfaction. Upgrade computer systems and fully migrate to electronic tracking and routing system.


  2. "Just Awful! Join At Your Own Risk! Previous Positive Reviews Are Just Lies!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Yeoman in Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Former Employee - Yeoman in Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical and Dental Services for members. Unfortunately, not so for dependents.
    Educational Benefits.
    Housing depends upon your assignment.
    Opportunities to see the world.
    If your command likes you for some reason will treat you well regardless of your performance or behavior.

    Cons

    -Unreasonable command in most units that creates more problems to the enlisted personnel rather than solving it. Officers often seeks to put personnel in trouble or enjoy smashing members careers creating a negative competition among members reducing morale, increasing tense work atmosphere or even toxic work environment. In addition, command promotes and advances members without proper leadership skills and or people skills and or knowledge for the leadership position which very often displays multiple examples of unprofessionalism and misbehavior. You may encounter a workplace that can drain you with constant drama that takes time away from your routine tasks.
    -You may end up overwhelmed in a fast faced atmosphere. Often is required to fulfill with pointless tasks that are solely time consuming. That's the reason why often quality of work is not quite visible
    -The command disrespects you very often with insults, arrogant attitude, discourages your work performance and constantly they lie to you.
    -Members assistance is just a façade for command political purposes only that costs millions of dollars to the tax payer. Such as Command Master/Senior Chief, Equal Employee Opportunity/Civil Rights, Legal Assistance, District level, Employee Work Atmosphere Surveys, Command Meetings, Command Climate Surveys etc. Formal complaints against the command due to unlawful discrimination is a waste of time, paper and patience and no justice is served and you will end up working in the same toxic work environment for the rest of the tour with no improvement at all and or gets escalated.
    -Employee reviews is an unfair process filled with loopholes that most of the time does not necessarily reflect accuracy of a members performance but also commands preferences and is often used to break members career for any reason. The last word in the approval for such evaluation is an officer who you don't work with him on a daily basis. And if you don't get a recommendation for advancement you cannot appeal the mark becoming your career into a cruel waste of time.
    -Duty and Watch standing tasks a complete waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    More leadership and professional training, rather than creating bosses for members running for leadership position. Limit the amount of recruiting if the command is more focused on discharging members for good and for no reason.

  3. "Chief, Aviation Structural Mechanic AMTC"

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    Former Employee - Manager, MOC in Hyannis, MA
    Former Employee - Manager, MOC in Hyannis, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving my country. Great benefits

    Cons

    Schedule can be erratic and difficult to manage work/life


  4. "Chief Intelligence Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Specialist in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Intelligence Specialist in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are in the business of saving lives, and business is good!

    Cons

    Most of my complaints centered around budgetary restraints.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on what the Coast Guard is great at.


  5. "ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources/Administrative Assistant in Douglasville, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resources/Administrative Assistant in Douglasville, GA

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

    Pros

    The job is not at all boring and keeps you busy. You also learn that every situation is not the same so this job can continuously make you well versed in other areas. For example, if you become an admin asst for a medical office you could learn things such as medical billing and coding.

    Cons

    Does not pay well.

    Advice to Management

    Really take in account the amount of work your admin asst is doing outside of what is typically expected of an admin asst. To keep an admin asst around to continue the work give them pay raises and pay for additional training that will allow them to better serve your company.


  6. "O3"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best people

    Cons

    Work life balance cant be difficult


  7. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits to include healthcare, dental and tuition assistance.
    Get to see a lot of the country and work with a lot of people with strong values.
    Lots of PTO. Great place to see how the Government operates.

    Cons

    Way too much emphasis on evaluation reports and employee reviews. So much time and energy is spent working on presenting what we do in terms or awards and reviews instead of doing the job. Technology is way behind the times and many programs are incompatible. We can't use the cloud or even view linked PDF's.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how we serve the community. Our service spend more time on reviews and paperwork bureaucracy than any other.

  8. "Officer In Charge"

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    Former Employee - Officer In Charge
    Former Employee - Officer In Charge
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most rewarding work you will do. A great organization dedicated to preservation of life and safety. Good benefits - medical and educational.

    Cons

    Duty status means having to work holidays and weekends often - especially at the beginning of your career. Shipboard duty means being away from loved ones for long periods of time.


  9. "Chief Storekeeper"

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    Current Employee - Storekeeper in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Storekeeper in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Military Benefits, Pay is good, Travel, good promotion opportunity.

    Cons

    Can get orders to an undesired location, can get transferred early, lots of collateral duties.


  10. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    great career opportunities and travel

    Cons

    strain on family and personal life

    Advice to Management

    none


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