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US Coast Guard Washington DC Reviews

Updated March 9, 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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Pros
  • Meaningful work and great benefits (in 60 reviews)

  • There are great people within the organization which makes working in the Coast Guard a pleasure (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Program Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great Mission, Great Team

    Cons

    have to move up or out

    Advice to Management

    Do what is right not the easy thing


  2. "LCDR (O-4)"

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    Current Employee - LCDR (O-4) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - LCDR (O-4) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Missions, tight knit peers, family feel within the ranks.

    Cons

    Poor organizational structure at the top. O-6s become risk adverse, yield little empowerment because of Admiral involvement or fear, too political, few are innovative or think outside the box. Great ride up to O-5, however, so hard to complain.

    Advice to Management

    Give CAPT's more rope. Open eyes to career paths that don't align with command. Remove fear within the ranks and promote forward leaning, innovative strategies. Allow for work life balance AND promotion or you will continue to lose some of your best.


  3. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Inspiring mission.

    Cons

    Silos of operational expertise understandably take precedence, however this is at the expense of expertise in support services and logistic and process expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Competition for promotion does not incentivize vital financial, logistic, and support services.


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  5. "Public Affairs Specialist"

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    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


  6. "Intelligence Officer"

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    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


  7. "Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job variety, locations, team spirt, making a difference, satisfaction, saving lives, exciting, serving you country, free education opportunities, are all very poisitive reasons to work for the Coast Guard.

    Cons

    Frequent job relocations, little assignment choice, collateral assignments in addition to primary duties most of the time are seen as more important. Little opportunity to specialize in a single job. Mixed messages on family support, advertise importance of family but in the end you are a number in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision! Stop being risk adverse and trying to satisfy all special interests and groups.


  8. "Arabic Linguist"

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    Current Employee - Translator/Interpreter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Translator/Interpreter in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Some guys are great and are open minded try to improve work but in nice good ways.

    Cons

    Some officers and NCO don't have flexibility to work and understand the Middle East and Gulf.


  9. "I love this service and 99% of the people"

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    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smallest of the Military organizations, so personnel/supervisors truly know & look out for their people

    Cons

    Least funded of all the military organizations

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to avoid the LT/LCDR promotion/bottleneck blunder in the future.


  10. "Great Military Service"

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    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the mission and love the employees

    Cons

    Civilians are not treated well and the civilian senior leadership is inept.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the SES corps and remove poor leaders.


  11. "Electronic Technicion"

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Bowie, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the Coast Guard mission of saving lives.

    Cons

    You spend 1/4 of your career away from your family.



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