TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

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Updated August 3, 2015
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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Administrator John S. Pistole
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128 Ratings

Pros
  • Good pay for the work and good benefits (in 18 reviews)

  • Part time- good pay, paid sick and vaca time (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Full time pay is worse than part time (in 11 reviews)

  • work-life balance is not important to the company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Very long hiring process, but it's worth it as long as you plan accordingly.

    Current Employee - Studio Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Studio Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits in a great working environment. Unknown benefits include transportation benefits if you ride the metro and automatic qualification for TSA Pre-check.

    Cons

    I don't have any yet but I'm going to keep typing to meet the 20 word minimum requirement.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Glassdoor made me write this to read other reviews.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been with the boys in blue for 5 years. My first Federal job, and it helped me move around. It has a great transfer program. And if you want to travel there is a program that sends you around the US to help airports.

    Cons

    They hire anyone and everyone, you just have to be willing to wait a year to get through the process. If you don't volunteer for anything in regards to collateral duties your job can get exhausting and repetitive. Have a plan and you'll love the job despite the cons listed in other reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Create a structure to 'local protocol'. It will make our job easier when there is consistency across the airports.


  3. Good Pay Low morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    government job. opportunities to advance in govt.

    Cons

    work/life balance. Takes a while to get decent days off, stagnant pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Boost Morale!


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  5. HR Service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Woodbridge, VA

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gained knowledge in a lot of areas from IT to human resources and the people i work with were very nice and helpful

    Cons

    Fact they did not offer me a job after i interned with them and the fact that i was a disable vet and they still could not find a place to put me.


  6. I've quit better jobs than this

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer a fair amount of health insurance options, although the premiums can be a little high. Five percent match on retirement savings. Can work part time and still receive benefits.

    Cons

    The job is difficult enough dealing with the general public who hates us, add in some of the worst management I have ever seen and the work environment is just downright hostile at times. The worst part is being so short staffed at all times, getting pressured to move faster and then getting punished if you do something wrong or miss one of their tests. Everything about this job makes you feel like you are set up to fail. If you make it to supervisor or if you are friends with higher management, the same rules don't apply to you as everyone else. Supervisors that are abusive to the employees and just sit texting on their phones all day get away with murder. Complaints against abusive and terrible supervisors go ignored. If you want to be overworked, underappreciated, underpaid and sleep deprived, this is the job for you!

    Advice to Management

    Employees need real appreciation every day, not just once a year handing out free hot dogs and popcorn. Hire enough staff to cover all the work that is required. Don't blame it on people calling out. We work a hard job and expecting employees to not use their sick time when needed is unfair. Listen and respond to complaints about horrible supervisors. Treat us like humans.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Beauracracy at its finest

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, for those who were part time ( I was salaried), PT got paid well and full benefits. Not a bad deal for them.

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible. Go along to get along type of environment. Critical thinking is frowned upon... they want yes men or women that do what they say to move up. Brown nosing will do a lot, questioning wasteful practices will get you fired.

    Advice to Management

    None, it's not like they care or even listen.


  8. On the move

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were really good for not having a degree. Great job security.

    Cons

    Hours, shift work, politics, testing, the only way to advance is to move to different airports.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to live a little and lighten up.


  9. Limited room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Hanover, MD

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security,benefits, decent hourly pay.

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, only 20 hours per week. Stressful and demanding with a low reward. Crazy, strict hours and no possibility of a life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your officers more, we work hard.


  10. Eh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer (TSO) in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer (TSO) in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good job stability

    Cons

    Government military mentality, supervisors lack leadership


  11. Good during graduate school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    Part time health insurance, paid time off

    Cons

    Difficult work environment, underqualified managers

    Advice to Management

    Replace



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