Deckhand & Quarter Master (Former Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 6 February 2018
The Canadian coast guard is a great career. They invest in their employees and provide lots of training. You get to travel and have plenty of neat experience's. The only down fall is its not that great for the family life with little one's. you spend a lot of time away from home.
Steward (Former Employee) – st.john's, nl – 1 February 2018
Love my job as a steward onboard ccg, however waiting 3 months in between my last trip is a hard way to make a living with a wife and family. Moneywise the pay should be much more than the base salary.
cook/deckhand (Current Employee) – B.C. coast – 21 September 2017
I don't recommend working for this employer. You spend half your life out of town and there is no possessive acknowledgement for a job well done but there are plenty of superiors to let you know if the job is not being done to their standards. Very little training at first but if you stay a long time or make it to full time training is available.
MCTSO (Current Employee) – NATIONAL – 3 August 2017
The "golden handcuffs" is what working for the federal government is like. The money can be very good, with a lot of option for working overtime and making a lot more money. HOWEVER, management sucks, workplace culture sucks, no room for advancement, 12 hour shifts suck, hardest part of the job is dealing with people who don't do their job, sleep or on the internet all the time instead of doing their job. No training, no room for advancement, lots of money .... money doesn't buy happiness
Rescue Specialist/Deckhand (Former Employee) – Canada – 19 June 2017
I loved my time with the Coast Guard. I only left so I could start a family and be there with my family all the time. Like any organization, there are issues that need addressing. Some of the leadership is sub par and could use more training, and some of the equipment was outdated for the task it was intended.
Electronics Co-op Student (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 20 May 2017
As an electronics co-op student working with the Canadian Coast Guard I was given an immense variety of electronics and telecommunications work.
I think the greatest aspect of the job was the fact that each and every day was different; I could be wiring in a transceiver for a RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) or flying out to fix an issue with one of the many coastal repeater sites. Despite the fact that I was still a student I was given a decent amount of autonomy and participated in a array of interesting projects.
Navigation Officer Apprentice (Former Employee) – St. John's, NL – 15 May 2017
The Canadian Coast Guard is not a great place to work at. The place is plagued with systemic racism & sexism. They pay system is broken and you never get paid. Get ready for long weeks away from home, with a bunch of racist, sub-intelligent studs who think they are the best. Avoid!!
Satisfying, great team work, high intensity, exciting and always growing
Leading Seaman / Rescue Specialist (Former Employee) – French Creek, BC – 15 March 2017
A typical day at work would be maintenance of equipment, crew gathering to prep for daily routines, training routines either out on the ocean or in station, review of any calls for the night before. respond to any calls through out the day. turn to pagers after 4pm till returning to station at 8am the next morning.
Continual learning and always work to be done
dangerous, and inconsistent work offers for casuals
Issuance of all requirements for all departments. Posting of all issues and reorder as required. Keeping financial statements for department. Cataloguing any new materiel and data input. As department handle all problems and safety concerns and answer direct to Captain.
ACTING OFFICER-IN-CHARGE, MCTS Centre (Former Employee) – Thunder Bay, ON – 24 June 2016
Within the MCTS program specifically it is difficult to move upwards or out to a different program or department. If you are a Superintendent or above (Director, Assistant Commissioner) it is much easier.
Saving Peoples Lives
Rotating shifts, no continuous learning, seemingly ignored by management
Ships Officer (Current Employee) – St. John's, NL – 21 August 2015
the Canadian coast guard has the potential to be a great career move for anyone with a seagoing background and can occasionally be a great experience for seaman and officers alike but the politics and lack of accountability within the organization as well as the present salaries are frustrating at best
good experience for seafarers
long hours, ever increasing workloads, inneficient salaries
Electronics Officer (Former Employee) – St. John's, Southside Base – 6 July 2015
Always enjoyed my job.....great co-workers......experienced a lot of leading technology.....had great training within the organization.....Fall arrest training, High Angle Rescue training, Confined Space Entry and Rescue training, Forklift training, Small watercraft training......First Aid/CPR, and all necessary technical training of all electronic equipment present on the vessels.....I decided to make a change in my career