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US Coast Guard Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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  1. "Good people. Heroes one and all."

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    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.


  2. "Administrataive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First and foremost is the mission of the US Coast Guard.

    Cons

    Location of their HQ office in Anacostia, Washington, DC. Top problems are commute and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Have DHS build another parking garage for their personnel.

  3. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding opportunities. Significant responsibility beginning at a very junior level.

    Cons

    Frequent moves are very disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Semper Paratus


  4. "U.S. Coast Guard"

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    Current Employee - Commander in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Commander in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best People executing critical Missions every day.
    Many great Bases!
    Lots of Action
    Core Values

    Cons

    Lots of moves in a 20 year career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the assignment process completely fair!


  5. "Coast Guard service"

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    Former Employee - Commanding Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Commanding Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Humanitarian mission; significant responsibility; exciting jobs

    Cons

    Lack of backing by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Support and seek feedback from those you've entrusted to lead subordinate units.


  6. "CWO3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    The people and the search and rescue mission are by far the greatest aspects of the Coast Guard. The benefits are pretty good too.

    Cons

    The massive government burocracy that is in all parts of the government is the biggest con. But it keeps the CG rolling along.


  7. "Great career"

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    Current Employee - Systems Safety Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Safety Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    moving around all the time

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Climate With Elitist Coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Educational benefits, serving the public, and you get to work on boats.

    Cons

    I enlisted in the US Coast Guard after serving nine years in the US Navy. I was an enlisted engineer in the Navy. In order to join the Coast Guard my rank was required to reduced from E-6 to E-5; which I accepted. I worked very hard at my first command and quickly qualified in key qualifications. I also worked very hard as a Machinery Technician. I was one of the first persons in the service to change an engine on the 47 foot motor life boat. I quickly advanced to E-6 and then became an Engineering Petty Officer of a station. A few years later; I advanced to E-7 or Chief Petty Officer. This is when my career turned south. I was being hazed by my Officer in Charge in the participation of the Chiefs Call to Initiation process. I wanted to participate but the further I was being harassed my OINC; I said the hell with it and refused the process. After that I was treated very poorly by fellow Chiefs. I started to hate all Chiefs and was transferred to a 110 patrol boat in NJ; here I was being asked several times or hounded to participate in CCTI but I was done. My time there I was treated poorly by the Chiefs and then again in Alexandria, VA. In 2010; I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and it took the Coast Guard 2 and half years to figure out what to do with me. Going through a med board was like hell on earth. I strongly suggest you take my story seriously before joining such a flawed organization

    Advice to Management

    You know it all already.


  9. "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.


  10. "Semper Paratus"

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    Former Employee - O3 - Lieutenant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - O3 - Lieutenant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Military service isn't for everyone. If you are considering becoming a military officer, don't overlook the range of opportunity and experience the Coast Guard offers.

    Cons

    You don't have full control over your assignments.


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