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U.S. Coast Guard Employer Reviews

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Productive, Busy, Always something to do.
Storekeeper/Purchasing agent/ Logistics Specialist (Former Employee), Clearwater, FLMay 20, 2014
Pros: self satisfaction, vacation days, skills and values gained.
Cons: slow advancement, low funding.
There is no typical days of work in The USCG. Every day is something a bit different. There is always something new to be learned and multiple ways to apply your skills. The hardest part of the job is the advancement process. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that you are making a difference in the world, that everything you do is to protect – more... and look out for your fellow man. – less
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Dynamic, Rewarding career with high degree of responsibility
Substance Abuse Prevention program Supervisor (Current Employee), Norfolk, VAMay 7, 2014
Pros: training and education opportunites
Cons: arduous missions and long stretches of time away from home/family
23 Years of Military service divided by 9 unique units/stations. Each unit presented a particular set of challenges and rewards. The diversity of the staff and missions made the 23 years pass quickly and filled my life with numerous wonderful memories.
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Excellent place to work with great co-workers and job satisfaction
Maintenance Mechanic Alpa Technologies (Former Employee), SeattleMay 7, 2014
A job where hard work was rewarded and job satisfaction was an important part of everyday life.
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Excellent opportunities
Branch Chief (Former Employee), Mobile, ALMay 6, 2014
-exposure to project management
-industry relations
-good working environment
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Responsible for business partnerships
Marine Science Tech/Signals Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee), Willowbrook, ILMay 2, 2014
•Responsible for seeking and developing local business/organization relationships to promote and gain military outreach partnerships.
•Follow up and maintain current business partnerships to ensure satisfaction and partner loyalty.
•Meet with local businesses to offer opportunities to support a cause and purpose, while remaining within their budget.
•Consult – more... and advise current partnerships on new and exciting proposals that offer mutual benefit.
•Track daily activity to meet and exceed personal and departmental monthly and yearly goals.
•Continuing education in business, leadership, partner retention and growth, time management and hands on training.
•Problem solving.
•Responsible for keeping the department running efficiently, organized and on target for monthly and yearly goals. – less
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VTC Facilitator, System Admin for SIPRNET and Unclass network
Information Systems Technician-E-8 (Current Employee), Alameda, CaliforniaMay 2, 2014
My final tour in the Coast Guard as I prepare to retire. I was responsible for user assistance for 100 people at my work place, as well as VTC facilitation that included 5 ISDN VTC systems.
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Work hard, Play harder attutide.
Bouy deck worker/ security watchstander (Former Employee), Newport, RIApril 29, 2014
Pros: pulling into ports, benefits, hard work.
Cons: family hardships, short breaks.
This location was a cutter that went out to sea 1-2 weeks at a time. Work was servicing Aids to navigation from Portland, ME to Long island, NY. We were responsible for maintaining and servicing of over 1,000 aids to navigation. There was a since of job satisfaction just looking back at the aid you just completed service to knowing that it will be used – more... by boaters every single day. I was responsible for making sure the lights were the right color and flashing characteristic(light technician). The job can be tough at time with long days and nights working to finish up a set number of aids every year around 600 a year. After the work was completed we pulled into the nearest ports like; New London, Portland, NYC, Nantucket, Martha vineyard, and many more. There is an episode of dirty jobs on the work we did there. – less
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Phenomenal workpalce
Health Services Technician (Former Employee), Opa-locka, FLApril 29, 2014
The work environment was surrounded by individuals who enjoyed their jobs. The people made my experience at the workplace very entertaining and comfortable. A typical work day included screening patients by obtaining vitals, medical history and purpose of visit before seeing the physician. I learned the importance of having patience with people, how – more... to manage a medical laboratory and administration procedures. The hardest part of the job was not being able to leave work on time. The most enjoyable part of the job was the morale days all the employees took together. The administrator would clear the work schedule and we would all visit the beach. – less
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Great place to retire
Petty Officer Second Class Operations Specialist (Former Employee), Miami, FLApril 29, 2014
Pros: great benefits, great people to work with, not sitting at a desk all day
Cons: a rotating schedule made it difficult to commit to things in outside of work.
The Coast Guard was a wonderful place to work. I would have loved to retired from there. It was just difficult to balance work and life with a job with required one to be on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As much as I love work, I think a life outside of work is important, as well.
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Productive workplace with a diverse range of ancillary departments
Health Services Technician (Former Employee), New London, CTApril 29, 2014
I worked in various departments throughout a large military clinic with a focus on patient care. I worked directly under highly qualified physicians who were eager to teach and very knowledgable. I was given a large amount of responsibility and was able to expand my knowledge by rotating through many ancillary departments including laboratory, dental, – more... and outpatient. – less
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Active Duty Military with United States Coast Guard
Electrician's Mate (Current Employee), San Francisco, CaliforniaApril 27, 2014
• Installations of motors, transformers, and distributions panels.
• Trouble shooting pertaining to all electrical equipment on shore & marine
• Knowledge of all electrical test equipment
• Skills to read wiring diagrams to diagnose the faulty component or piece of machinery.
• Inspect electrical systems, equipment and components to identify hazards, – more... defects, and the need for adjustment or repair to ensure compliance with codes.
• Knowledge and experience with 440VAC,240VAC, 208VAC & 120 VAC
• PLC Control systems
• Usage of metering equipment
• Retrofits with incandescent lights to LED’s
• Skilled in soldering
• Experience with working with circuit cards – less
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Productive
Supply Technician (Former Employee), New Haven, CTApril 25, 2014
Pros: keeping good relationships with vendors
Cons: low morale
Purchasing, receiving, and shipping materials.
Inventory.
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Great Service
Gunner's Mate (Former Employee), San Pedro, CaApril 25, 2014
• U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Received for Supervising and Establishing of a New Unit
• U.S. Army Achievement Medal, Received for Supervision and Management of Unit During Deployment
• U.S. Coast Guard Letter of Commendation, Received One for Successfully Completing an Independent Duty Assignment and Another for Assisted Duty Assignment.
• U.S. – more... Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, Received Four for Satisfactory Conduct for Twelve Years of Service – less
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a life changing job
Operations Specialist (Former Employee), Boston, MAApril 25, 2014
I was very blessed to have served my country. Being on the US coast Guard was a life changing event for me. I was able to experience and learn a variety of skills, knowledge and discipline. for the time i worked there my superiors were very open to my concerns, improvement and well being. When i completed my time in order to go back to school i was – more... happy to have honorably served the military. – less
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Numerous positions held
Chief Warrant Officer (Former Employee), Various locationsApril 17, 2014
Great people and was stationed in numerous locations across the country.
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USCG is the BEST!
FS2 (Former Employee), Denton, TXApril 17, 2014
USCG is the BEST! Lots of Job Advancement, and really good at teaching people skills.
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CHALLENGING
Housing Specialist (Former Employee), Key West, FLApril 14, 2014
AFTER OVER 30 YEARS, RETIREMENT WAS EAGERLY ANTICIPATED. AS FORREST GUMP WOULD SAY, "THAT'S ALL I'M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT".

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Paralegal Specialist (Former Employee), Arlington, VAApril 13, 2014
Paralegal Specialist for the Hearing Office for Vessel violations.
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Challenging work with alot of management probelms
Vessel Monitoring and Emergency management (Current Employee), Anchorage, AkApril 11, 2014
Typical work day varied depending on what rank and job you proformed. Mostly stood betweeen 2 to 3 12 hour days, with 2 to 3 days off. ON days off you could be called in for training or work related issues.
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Good way to pay for college
Network Administrator (Former Employee), Cape Cod, MAApril 10, 2014
Pros: job security and good benefits
Coast Guard experience depend on your supervisor and location

About U.S. Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services. – Read more