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US Coast Guard Seattle Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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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. "Eight years as an Electronics Technician for the Coast Guard."

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -I've enjoyed the diverse work and locations the Coast Guard has afforded me to work on.
    -Great opportunity to hone skills in electronic equipment troubleshooting and CCA component replacement.
    -Challenging schools for most equipment that you will be working on as an Electronics Technician.

    Cons

    -Advancement can be slow at times.
    -Funding for maintaining equipment or replacements can be frustrating.
    - Coast Guard mission can be demanding at times.


  2. "Excellent Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Warrant Officer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Chief Warrant Officer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for serving your country. The experience you gain with law enforcement and your technical rating is vast. There is something for everyone to excel in guaranteed.

    Cons

    Being away from family and having to move from place to place every 2-4 years. It can sometimes be hard for the family life. Sometimes people with not a lot of experience is in charge and they are hard to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes you will get a supervisor that is not so good but that is true with any career you were to choose. For the most part it is a great place to work as long as you can handle working for a knucklehead every once in a while.


  3. "Yeoman"

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    Current Employee - Yeoman in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Yeoman in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They take care of you. Life insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, full coverage for a good price. It's the military, though a small branch, so you do work hard and you do give up certain freedoms that most Americans take for granted, but since we tend to be patriotic, it's a small price to pay. It's a small branch, so we all tend to know of each other.

    Cons

    Since we all know of each other, if you have a bad reputation as a worker, it'll get there ahead of you.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Tuition Assistance!


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  5. "Chief Warrant Officer"

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    Current Employee - W3 - Chief Warrant Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - W3 - Chief Warrant Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization truly cares about it's people and their families.

    Cons

    As a military organization you can be assigned anywhere


  6. "Military Officer"

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great military service to work for!

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about Coast Guard


  7. "Member USCG"

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    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Snoqualmie, WA
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Snoqualmie, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard as a service does almost everything. You'll experience Law Enforcement, Protection of Environment and Natural Resources, National Defense, and Search and Rescue.

    Cons

    You will travel and see different parts of the US. May be hard on family and Spouse. Pay is a little low when you are new but there are two raises a year for most people.


  8. "USCG good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and community

    Cons

    Lots of moving, ridged promotion system


  9. "U.S. Coast Guard Officer"

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    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A variety of missions and platforms to pursue. Great opportunities and training. Compensation and personal time-off are more than fair.

    Cons

    Working in the military comes with frequent moves, and a slow-moving decision making process. Policy and regulatory compliance make swift adjustments nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    More career guidance in early stage careers of Junior Officers.


  10. "Positive Experience as Civilian Intern"

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    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of the office was a lot less intimidating than I expected for a military office. As a civilian they treated me with respect.

    Cons

    Working in a federal building had some minor annoyances related to security. Sometimes you could be late because there was a long line or incident at the security entrance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating the civilians as equals, try to provide more opportunities and awareness of them to the public for non-military positions.


  11. "Easiest job I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Coast Guard, Jobs that matter

    Cons

    military lifestyle can be taxing

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on gentlemen



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