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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Employee Reviews about "part time"

Updated Jan 15, 2021

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Administrator  David P. Pekoske (no image)
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185 Ratings
Pros
  • "good benefits because it's government job(in 131 reviews)

  • "Good pay for no experience required(in 108 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Management sucks no matter what airport you work at(in 91 reviews)

  • "Prepare to spend a year working part-time to get a full time gig(in 57 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Benefits, OT, shift schedules

      Aug 14, 2020 - STSO 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility with schedule, great benefits even as a part time, OT availability, great opportunity to move up, constant training

      Cons

      Parking, Constant construction, negative mentality of some ruins the culture.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Decent Job

      Jan 15, 2021 - TSO (Transportation Security Officer) 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Ability to go full-time and pick up additional hours when part-time

      Cons

      Seems like you’re just another employee

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Part Time

      Dec 20, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great for part time work for student.

      Cons

      You may get a shift that does not work perfectly for your schedule.

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good part time job

      Nov 4, 2020 - Transportation Security Officer in Missoula, MT
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pay is good for a part time especially in Montana where the minimum wage is still 8 an hour.

      Cons

      Took several months after applying to get an interview. It is also difficult to go from part time to full time in small airports because of a lack of full time positions available and also because it's based on senority

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Management style is inconsistent. Must be willing to relocate to increase chances of promotion.

      Oct 16, 2020 - Junior Web Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great benefits and stability for both full-time and part-time positions.

      Cons

      Management style is inconsistent and sometimes are conflicting. There are some great leaders and others simply do not appear to have the qualifications to be in their position. You must bid for your schedule every 6-12 months, if your seniority is low, you may not be able to choose a schedule that works with school or personal life. The union makes it difficult (impossible) for management to make exceptions even for top employees.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Hostile Work Environment

      Oct 17, 2020 - TSO (Transportation Security Officer) in SeaTac, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The health insurance is phenomenal. The schedule is steady. You'll learn how to deal with the travelling public. I did meet my best friend in the world here. Not all the officers are bad people.

      Cons

      Management thinks your disposable. The staff is mostly ex-military and seems to treat you as if you're in the military. You'll get yelled at from passengers, your co-workers, your supervisor, and your management. Other departments think you're a joke. The police even get annoyed with you. Management can change your schedule on a whim, you don't get a say in the matter. Because TSA is connected to Congress, they dictate what you do and how much you get paid. Parking is a huge pain. Some officers have an hour or more commute, and TSA is not very accommodating. The port controls the airport, and while TSA has their main function for security, the port can decide to do something and that takes precedence over TSA. You can't depend on anything because they change rules all the time, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for reasons that don't make sense. Coworker's constantly complain about the working conditions. The supervisors either agree with you to make you feel better and do nothing, or get frustrated and talk down to you. Most often, officers either complain about management, wish they were at a different job and talk about how they plan to leave "someday," or they're ex-military and think the job is a great job because they don't have to work very hard for a decent pay. However, I only have experience at the Seatac airport. I have heard stories from officers who've moves that other airports are run differently, and that the job is better all over the country. Texas is the most popular transfer location on Seatac officers "wish list." Transferring is difficult. And currently, part time employees are not allowed to go to full time if they need more hours. Overtime is not allowed either and approval is automatically refused. But TSA is still hiring new officers. I find this practice unethical. And it adds animosity and hostility into the workplace. More often, I feel like a chess piece in my managements game than an actual person with feelings. You will not be appreciated, respected, or cared for. You will receive a paycheck. Even then, when getting raises or bonuses, it can take months after the date you were supposed to receive it before you actually get it. And that's if you get it. It's an extremely unorganized workplace and important papers for you get lost or forgotten all the time. This is another extremely frustrating situation which just adds to the feeling that you can't depend on your supervisor or manager to help you out. The only time I see supervisors and managers do what they're supposed to do is when it's a legal issue. Because in that instance, they have to do their job. And they do it well. In all other instances, it feels like pulling teeth trying to get ahold of anyone if you need something. Your schedule is absolute, you cannot change it. They won't accommodate anything outside of work. Because your job is more important than anything in your own life. Even your children and family members. This is the attitude that upper management takes. And you can wish it were better and different and complain and ask for help, but no one will ever hear you. I would not recommend this job for a career. For the short term, however, it can be an interesting experience.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not a great government job

      Aug 24, 2020 - TSO (Transportation Security Officer) in Saint Louis, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is not a considered a federal government job but you get the insurance of being an government employee.

      Cons

      Hours, only part time for a 2 years or more, stress of the job.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Run for your Life!

      Sep 3, 2020 - TSO (Transportation Security Officer) in Columbus, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Insurance from day one especially for part time officers

      Cons

      absolutely everything else. And that is with 15 years experience.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work.

      Jul 22, 2020 - TSO (Transportation Security Officer) in SeaTac, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Teamwork among majority of workforce was stellar. Job is low impact and easy to do. Benefits available at part time. Pay is good. Uniform is nice and looks good.

      Cons

      Administration is slow to react, communication between different parts of the company is quite stifled. Consensus on important aspects of the job is difficult due to the sensitive nature of it. Complacency and lack of initiative are common among less than ideal employees. Shifts range from inconvenient to terribly incompatible with normal working hours. Getting to work takes a lot of time, close proximity recommended.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Apr 3, 2020 - Tso in Richlands, NC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Worked part-time, the airport not open 24/7 and it was a very easy job

      Cons

      Slow pace environment but it's only because it's a very small airport.

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