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US Department of Homeland Security Reviews

Updated January 22, 2019
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US Department of Homeland Security Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen
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  • "Long hours, bad middle managers, and poor work-life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "The upper management have the biggest egos and the sad thing is that they haven't proven anything to support their own self gratification" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "border petrol agent"

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    Current Employee - Border Patrol Agent in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Border Patrol Agent in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits great managment and people

    Cons

    too many goof balls to deal with

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. "Great place to work (despite the political storm that is DC)"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful and challenging work protecting the nation's most sensitive assets.

    Cons

    Federal employees are used as pawns at times.

  3. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and the people I work with

    Cons

    Lower than average pay for the Boston area.


  4. "Too many chiefs and not enough Indians!!!"

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    Former Employee - Tso
    Former Employee - Tso
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is ok for my area job security pradim for travel expense

    Cons

    Dealing with angry disrespectful noncompliant passengers in the early morning hours of 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM to much educational classroom training that really has nothing to with security ridiculous and lengthy hiring process during my floor training I was constantly tested for alertness was my trainer took credit for my stops when caught trying sneak things that weren’t allowed or detected gunpowder on on a few people especially when they shut down the airport for a few minutes for a test after I caught the young man the managers sent with what was supposed to be C4 plastic explosives after being alerted by the scanner and a pat down and questioned when asked by the supervisors and managers who stopped him my trainer said I did leaving me in utter disbelief ! so after a little man to man talk with him about that later that day I decided a little over week before graduating that I had enough and it just wasn’t worth it and resigned I don’t recommend this government job so atypical to much bureaucracy to many supervisors on top of supervisors and same for management too many people making 5&6 figure salary’s doing something that really doesn’t justify it !

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to streamline and quicken the hiring process eliminate a lot of the unnecessary and ridiculous classroom can be more effective with hands on training especially when there is a shortage of officers already


  5. "Unit Chief"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time

    Pros

    Help state and locals become batter at combatting terrorism.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, mediocre leadership and dealing with the beltway.


  6. "Border Patrol Agent Working Conditions"

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    Current Employee - Border Patrol Agent
    Current Employee - Border Patrol Agent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, experience.

    Cons

    Culture, long training periods.


  7. "Great benefits such as Health Insureance, Pay, and Job Security."

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    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Job Security. Meet a lot of interesting people working in the Homeland Security at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of a Federal Government Agency hinders your ability to serve the stakeholders.

  8. "Hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Customs and Border Protection Officer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Customs and Border Protection Officer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, opportunity for advancement. Worldwide assignments. Overtime available. Secure Government position.

    Cons

    Low Morale at most locations, select ports have lots of forced overtime. Furloughs (Government Shutdowns). Every position and location is based on seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Build Morale, create a happier workplace!


  9. "Love HATE"

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    Former Employee - Lead Transportation Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Transportation Security Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loved the mission but it changed so much over time.

    Cons

    Rapid fire transitions and chnages... Culture of Efficiency over efficacy

    Advice to Management

    Refocus, improve pay and benefits, and restructure.


  10. "Air Marshal Service"

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    Former Employee - Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Homeland Security full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. Many highly professional co-workers.

    Cons

    Upper Management unresponsive.
    Bureaucracy that has lost focus on it's law enforcement mission.
    Scheduling is brutal