Awesome mission - very poor organizational structure.
U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Section Chief (Current Employee) – Cape May, NJ – October 9, 2013
Great job satisfaction if you are operational. Senior management looks out only for the organization. Once you get over 18 years in, they look for ways to put you out. There is no balance between work/life.
E-3/Seamen (Former Employee) – Port O'Connor, TX – February 12, 2016
I gained a lot of knowledge during my time in the Coast Guard. I was able to gain many tools and skills in management. I was able to gain a lot of people and social skills as I worked with the public everyday.
Petty Officer Second Class (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 8, 2016
Joining the US Coast Guard has been the best professional decision I have ever made. I met great people, and made great friends. A typical day at work includes morning Physical Training (PT), a morning brief for the plan of the day, and getting out on the water. Everyday can be different, one day you can be out on patrol in the Puget Sound, another day you can be responding to a Search and Rescue call for an overturned boat. You're unit consists of a small group of shipmates where you will gain a sense of camaraderie. Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, On-base privileges, Educational Benefits. It's a beautiful thing.
Radioman (Former Employee) – Kodiak, AK and Cape May, NJ – February 4, 2016
Depending on your job it was very standardized, I learned so much mostly what it take to be an man and to be responsible. I learned about search and rescue abilities. management or superior were good and crew were all good to work with. Being precise and skillful in your job title Being in the Coast Guard was like being in a adventure
Intelligence Specialist (Current Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – January 24, 2016
The Coast Guard is a great place to work. You are essentially guarding the coast and make sure that bad things don't happen and if they do you are there for respond. My experience was that of a watch stander (shift work) which is what much of the Coast Guard is. You are there to respond to disasters, SAR and other events. This is the best part of the job, the satisfaction you get from helping with these events.
Military (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 20, 2016
I enjoyed the comradity of my CG militant family. Leadership accountability was not evenly distributed. I suggest using leadership skills and distributing personnel accordingly by their strengths (if they are having a hard time adjusting to their current assignment). This way everybody wins and no one gets left behind without (government) reprisal.
You can advance as fast as you would like to study and a chance to travel the world
Need more mentoring with sincere intentions for underlings
public relations (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – December 29, 2015
The training and job experience I received from the Coast Guard stands top notch. I loved my professional duties and the wonderful shipmates I worked with. As a public affairs specialist I felt fortunate to see all aspects of the Coast Guard as I frequently worked with many units spanning across three states. The two supervisors I was fortunate to work for turned out to be brilliant mentors and I am very thankful to have worked alongside them.
benefits, learning experience, coworkers are great
Machinery Technician Chief (Former Employee) – Kodiak, AK – December 28, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed my career in the military, I explored many avenues to ensure I could be of use in any situation, I always took on more responsibilities than was expected of me. I wanted to ensure that people knew that there was nothing I would ask them to do that I wouldn't do
Team Lead (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – December 22, 2015
It is a great job, I loved being in the service. Management cares about your development and the people you work with our great. It is hard to say a typical day due to the fact that each unit is different. The most enjoyable aspect of my career Search & Rescue.
Machinery Technician (Former Employee) – Corpus Christi, TX – December 19, 2015
The Coast Guard has been a great job. During my enlistment I learned leadership, teamwork, discipline and structure. With the skills I've acquired in the Coast Guard combined with the veteran benefits, I have been set up for a successful life.
Great benefits, wide range of training and job experience.
Sometimes this job requires you to spend a lot of time away from your family.
seaman recruit (Former Employee) – Cape May, NJ – December 7, 2015
good people and great training to prepare you for the real world crisis you might encounter being in the coast guard. i didn't stay in for my full time i decided to not stay because my family meant more to me than seeing the world in the coast guard.