Electronics Technician Second Class (Former Employee), California – February 20, 2012
Pros: great benefits, and job secruity
Cons: travel, no time for family
Great if your single and love to travel. Also a good way to get some great funding for college. As a long term career it can become tedious on friends and family and become a nightmare in keeping up with normal every day to day life styles. Great benefits but no time for family.
Aviation Maintenance Technician PO3 (Former Employee), San Diego CA Sitka AK Coos Bay OR Port Clarence AK – November 19, 2014
Pros: flying everyday, helping people, saving lives, being proud of what you do
Cons: in the aviation world, advancement is terrible, huge amounts of responsibility without the financial reward
To the core, the USCG is in my opinion one of the greatest organizations on the face of the earth. I can't express in words how amazing it is to be surrounded by an entire community of individuals who's primary goal in life is to help people. I'll probably never enjoy a job as much as I did the USCG.
Facility Supervisor (Current Employee), Galveston, TX – November 13, 2014
Pros: opertunity to work or train in different fields
Cons: to much of a push to make it a business and forgetting thier military roots.
Coast Guard is still a great adventure. Choosing the right rate/mos/job makes large difference in what your experience will be. Todays Coast Guard struggles with an increased tempo and increased responsibilities, but a depleting budget. We are being pushed to do more with less. That is less, personnel power, less budget for building, maintenance and – more... repairs. Coast Guard is also struggling with the push to fit the changing market and commercial industry, but still wants to hold onto it's military roots. It needs to stay a military with the military structure and discipline. – less
E-3 Engineer/Fireman (Former Employee), Honolulu, HI – November 7, 2014
A typical day on the job while in port was pretty easy going not to stressful, but the workday while underway was a different story. While underway the work done in the engine room was vital to mission success so it got pretty stressful at times. Management was hit or miss. The hardest part of the job was leaving love ones and friends while underway. – more... Most enjoyable part of the job was the fulfilling work we did and the travel. – less
E-3 Seaman (Current Employee), Hampton Bays, NY – November 4, 2014
Throughout my time with the United States Coast Guard, I grew as an individual, capable of handling a fast paced, demanding workplace. This four year stretch of my life fine-tuned tools such as effective communication, teamwork and operational planning. Without this building block, I would not be where I am today, in a position ready to flourish in – more... my next assignment. – less
Petty Officer Third Class (Former Employee), Seattle, WA – November 3, 2014
One of my greatest accomplishments was joining ands successfully completing my service time with the United States Coast Guard where I took full advantage of every opportunity for additional training and taking on leadership roles even at a low rank. Within the 2nd year I was the manager for multiple departments including personnel ranging from 10 -40 – more... persons at any given time. – less
Very productive and work that employee can take pride in
Security Analyst II (Former Employee), Kearneysville, WV – October 31, 2014
Pros: independent work and coast guard functions (get togethers)
Cons: not a lot of training on tools that we had to use and constant changes in all procedures
continuesly interacting with systems regarding their security and framework. Opening and closing POA&M's (weaknesses that the systems have). Having meetings with key stakeholders to address all the system's boundaries, security incidences, risks and overall structure of system.
I learned how to be a direct in communication and concise. The hardest – more... part of the job is the amount of work that needed to be completed during each day. There was a lot of multi-tasking and not easy to get one task completed at the given time. Switched around doing many different things at one time.
The most enjoyable part of the job was feeling a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in the work that was produced and feeling that we made a difference in the security of the Coast Guard. – less
Electrician, Supply Petty Officer (Former Employee), Los Angeles, Ca – October 30, 2014
Pros: decent wage, adventure, experience and the people.
Cons: erratic work schedule and relocating regularly.
A normal day in the Coast Guard requires a diverse skill set. One day I would be troubleshooting electrical issues on a boat, the next I would be ordering items such as: parts, office supplies, cleaning supplies and rescue equipment. My co-workers were excellent people with diverse backgrounds. The hardest part of my job was having to move around the – more... country every three years. The best part would be the friendships and team-work I experienced throughout my service time. – less
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Chesapeake, VA – October 29, 2014
This was a very busy position. I supported six to eight recruiters and all of their applicants. The hardest part of the job was trying to get the applicants to complete the extensive amount of paperwork they needed to enlist. I really enjoyed the people I worked with and the fast paced environment.
The hardest working agency in the Federal government
Marine Science Technician (E-5) (Former Employee), New York, NY – October 29, 2014
Continually providing more service and value to the public with less and less funding. Wide ranging missions from life saving, aids to navigation, law enforcement, maritime safety, hazardous material and oil spill response and many others.
Personnel Supervisor, Sector (Current Employee), Detroit, MI – October 16, 2014
Pros: work life balance, benfits, the people
Cons: resistant to change, budget constraints, bureaucracy
Overall it has been a great experience. I've traveled all over the country, buit a strong foundation, and was part of a cause. Best part of the job is helping others. Worst part of the job is bureaucracy and tough to make changes.
Data Entry Operator II (Former Employee), Elizabeth City, NC – October 15, 2014
Pros: down time
normal day consists of 8 hours a day. a hard day at work is when you have to go through several people just to get one answer. a good day at work is when everything goes smooth. the best part of the job is being able to work with people across the united states like you have known them for years.
Master Chief (E9) Gunners Mate (Former Employee), Norfolk, VA – October 12, 2014
Pros: the coast guard cares for its people
My 22 year career in the Coast Guard was nothing short of amazing! The Coast Guard is small enough to truly care about their people. The job brings something new with each day which I personally enjoyed the most.
Operations Specialist (Former Employee), Metairie, LA – October 9, 2014
Pros: the training, the retirement, medical care, support, get to see different part of the world
Cons: long hours from time to time, moving every 2 to 3 years, being away from family
A typical day in the Coast Guard could vary from command to command. The works hours were usually 40 hours but from time to time it could be more. I learned most of my work experience and my degree while I was on active duty. The management varied from command to command but overall was very good. My co-works always came through in times of need and – more... I have met people from many countries. The hardest part of the job was to work for 2 to 3 days at a time with little to no sleep. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting so many people and being able to help so many along the way. – less