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.
A memorable experience in my life helping and serving.
AVIATION SURVIVAL TECHNICIAN (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – August 28, 2014
The Coast Guard was a great opportunity to serve my county, give back to my country and allow me to be a part of a service that upholds integrity and core values. It was trialing at times dealing with the abrupt or unconventional work schedule, but eventually balanced itself out with promotion.
contractor (Current Employee), Washington, DC – August 28, 2014
Great if you want to work in an office as a ctr. Contract work is a good time and pay is well. I worked in DC and the new building is out of the way and not in a good location. That is my only complaint.
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