Lead Inspector for Foreign Vessel exam teams (Current Employee), Portland, OR – June 4, 2014
My chain of command at this unit is excellent. There is a lot of communication from the top down and everyone is very personable. I work with a very tight knit group of people who enjoy working together and spending time with our families outside of work.
Petty Officer 3rd Class (Former Employee), Virginia and Texas – August 20, 2014
Pros: benefits, learn a special skill
Cons: being away from your family
A day in the life of a Coast Guard person includes waking up and immediately jumping into a day where anything can happen. As an engineer you make sure all the boats and machinery are operable because at any time you could get a call that there are 5 people aboard a sinking vessel that need your assistance. I learned to always expect the unexpected – more... and of course i learned a lot about fixing engines and machinery. at the start of the day you are given a work list and you and your co-workers have fun completing the tasks by working together and sharing personal stories to pass the time. The hardest part of the job is getting a call about a missing person, doing a search for 3 days and knowing there's nothing you can do because you already know the outcome. On the other hand when you get a call and rush over to the scene and you happen to save the lives of those in need, it's such a rewarding feeling. – less
Machinery Technician third class (Former Employee), Bradenton, FL – August 18, 2014
the coast guard was a good time but they rip you off. i didnt do much at work until there was an alarm. my managment was not very good. i learned a lot about engines, boat systems, being a mechanic, troubleshooting, tools and water.
Marine Science Technician (Former Employee), all over the United States – August 12, 2014
After sixteen years in the military I have developed great skill sets that will translate into the private sector. I enjoyed my career in the Coast Guard and if it weren't for an accident that left me temporary disabled I would have retired after 20 years of service instead of 16. I received an early retirement due to a job related accident. I have – more... since recovered from my accident and look forward to joining the workforce again. I have a lot to offer. – less
Military you either love it or hate it, I loved it.
BOATSWAIN MATE THIRD CLASS (Former Employee), Astoria, OR – August 11, 2014
Pros: room for advancement, stability, feeling good about your service
Cons: the military owns you, they can move you if they want.
While in the USCG I was aboard a buoy tender where I serviced aids to navigation, trained subordinates on their tasks, and maintained our ship. My time in the CG taught me how to take pride in my work (which already was instilled by my parents, but concreted with my military time), how to work in vast environments, and how work in a fast paced/dangerous – more... environment. – less
E-5 Boatswains Mate (Former Employee), Milwaukee, WI – August 7, 2014
I was tasked with training new personnel assigned to the station and we held firm to the motto of Always Ready. I was lead of the weapons department and training division were I scheduled training to make sure everyone was up to date and current with required training. I also spent countless hours in the communications/watch room were I monitored all – more... radio traffic, dispatched assets, and inquires regarding emergency situations. It often was hectic and chaotic at any given moment so it was important to remain calm and apply my risk management skills to ensure a safe rescue. – less
Chief Engineer (Former Employee), Station Calumet Harbor Chicago Illinois – August 6, 2014
Pros: excellent learning environment
Unparalleled learning experience for all. Instrumental in the development of leadership and management. Focused on doing the best job for every evolution. Maximizes on safety for the crew and the customer. Hardest part of the job is it is a challenging career, you learn to take a weakness and turn into a strength. Mentoring and inspiring other to succeed – more... enhanced and motivated me to achieve the highest standard possible. – less
Independent Duty Health Services Technician (Former Employee), Cape May, NJ – July 21, 2014
Pros: free health and dental plus a compensation for housing
Cons: moving every 3-4 years.
A typical day at work includes running sick call for the crew to assess and treat minor ailments and being always ready to treat major injuries and life threats. Also including routine daily sanitation and pest inspections as well as being a mentor and counselor to everyone. I learned time management, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. The – more... management varies from outstanding to someone just showing up to work. However, there is always someone else to go to if you need to get the job done. Co-workers for the most part, are outstanding and friendly and typically helpful with a "can do" attitude. The hardest part of the job is functioning alone and learning how to balance time to accomplish all tasks. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping people and knowing that you are the reason that they are safe and feeling good and able to go home to their families. – less
Contract Specialist (Former Employee), washington DC – July 16, 2014
Being in the Coast Guard was probably the best thing that ever came into my life. Though its the branch of the military services, it set you up for success and benefits were great, culture was excellent and advancement is in your hands.
Accounting Technician (Former Employee), Chesapeake, VA – July 15, 2014
I worked at the Coast Guard for most of my Career I process accounts payable, accounts receivables, travel claims, dity moves, HHG invoices, travel, etc. We had about 300 hundred employees, in which I am some are still my good friends still today.