US Department of Homeland Security Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2020

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61%
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US Department of Homeland Security Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen
72 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits with any government jobs(in 42 reviews)

  • "Good Pay for the job that is done(in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "Shift work and long, long hours can take a toll(in 20 reviews)

  • "Poor leadership as far as upper management is concerned(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Working at DHS"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management Position in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay and challenging projects

    Cons

    Leadership. turnover has been pretty high since 2014

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  2. "No regrets. Has provided for my family needs and personal development"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Detention & Deportation Officer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    steady reliable employment. good advancement early in career

    Cons

    transfers and upward mobility is limited

  3. "Great Experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Agent 
    Recommends

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great job security. Helping people. Fast paced. Not always a desk job. Every day is different

    Cons

    Not as family friendly. Cannot move/transfer whenever you want. Thankless/dangerous job at times

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Career Gov employee"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Security, aside from the occasional government shutdown, you know you have a job regardless of the current economy.

    Cons

    Average to below average pay, unusual hours, risks associated with law enforcement.

  5. "Great Work Environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff 

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/ and Life Balance and Management

    Cons

    No upward mobility advancement opportunities

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  6. "Former Employee"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    leadership, mission-driven, exciting, interesting, rewarding

    Cons

    challenging, challenge, tough, hard, long

  7. "leader of things"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time

    Pros

    good work environment lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    limited visibility with leadership and decision makers.

  8. "Mid-Career (Federal) Systems Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits: Full Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, HSA, etc. for employee and family Great Work-Life Balance: Flexible schedule. Telework available. Learning and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay does not compete with private sector.

  9. "Great"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Agent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing people, work, and opportunity

    Cons

    stress, no other cons to address

  10. "Interesting"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Helping to ensure the nation is safe from threats

    Cons

    politics, inept supervisors, racism, cronyism

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