TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
239 Reviews
2.5
239 Reviews
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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Administrator John S. Pistole
John S. Pistole
105 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • It is pretty good pay for a job that is non-skilled labor (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • When you first get hired with TSA, they want you to work part time (in 11 reviews)

  • Limited growth potential, work-life balance is very unbalanced towards work (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good paying part-time job if you don't have any other obligations outside of work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for part-time employees. Pay not bad for a part-time job.

    Cons

    Forced overtime anytime there is inclement weather. Dont expect to go home on time when there are bad storms, snow or thunderstorms. Low man on totem pole will be forced to stay over for unknown amount of hours until it is cleared for takeoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    Able to work with the traveling public.

    Cons

    Poor Management. Unable to moved up and set career goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    So far, so good

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    Current Employee - Tso in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Tso in Newark, NJ (US)

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    This is a second career for me. Compared to the commercial sector the benefits are great and there's virtually no waiting period. The starting pay scale is not that great but there are opportunities to advance. The upper management that I've been dealing with have been awesome.

    Cons

    Starting pay and time off policies,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm very neutral

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    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    The main reason why I worked here for I felt like I was contributing to the fight against terrorism, the pay was decent and it's a good look working for the federal government. If your just looking for good pay with no college degree this is great for you!

    Cons

    It's too bad that the opportunities to get promoted are limited to connections, and a lot of your superiors don't even have college degrees but talk down on you and get paid very high salaries while someone with a master's can be in stuck in an entry level position because they didn't kiss up to the right person or someone higher up doesn't like them for whatever reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and encourage good employees and try to enhance fairness in performance evaluation and workforce as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A good fed agency to work fpr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Benefits like Matching 401k up to 4%, Military Leave, Remote work, flexibility, and good supervisors.

    Cons

    Communication and room for growth. Each airport runs differently based on the FSD. You will hear mixed reviews. It depends on whether you work in the field or for HQs. There are opportunities to move up but you need to live near DC.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Transportation Security Officer in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisory Transportation Security Officer in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

    Pros

    Benefits (Bonuses, Insurance, TSP (401k),Pay was decent.
    Able to work anywhere in the US, and easier to transfer to other agencies

    Cons

    Passengers can be horrible, rude, and crazy! public hates you!
    Horrible Management
    Hours/shifts make it hard to have a normal life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A Joke

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    Current Employee - Tso in Sterling, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Tso in Sterling, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    get a pay check.... thats about it.

    Cons

    management, culture, promotions, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Only get this job if you're really desperate for a job

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    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in DFW, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in DFW, TX (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy job. Good benefits. Awesome coworkers. Part of the federal government.

    Cons

    - TERRIBLE management! There's a reason why the public hates TSA. It's not the officers on the floor, it's the upper level management that's giving this agency a bad name. It's an embarrassment how this agency is run by these so call "managers". The morale of this agency is so low and the only way to change that would be to clean house from the top down.

    - Low pay - Starting salary is only $15-16/hr and it's part time so unless you have another gig on the side, you'll probably struggle financially.

    - Schedule - Say good bye to your social and family life because chances are you'll work very early morning shifts (4am start time) when you're new. You'll never get weekends or holidays off. Vacation time has to be "bidded" every November so you have to plan your vacation a year in advance. God forbid if you ever need an unplanned day off. You'll accrue a lot of "sick" time but you can never use them without getting in trouble.

    -Favoritism - this goes hand in hand with the terrible management situation. They don't try to hide it so favoritism is blatantly clear on the floor or in the office. Unless you know someone up top, chances are you'll be on the hit list and can never move up the career ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please just clean house and get rid of all these so called "managers" and upper level executives who thinks it's okay to screw their entire workforce every chance they get. Maybe now that Administrator Pistol is gone, that will happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    TSO

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    Current Employee - Tso in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Tso in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are definitely a plus. Especially since you get them starting day one.

    Cons

    the management don't know how to lead and train and the training department is a joke. The year evaluations can cost you your job and they are constantly making changes that they say are for your benefit but they just cause headaches and end up messing with your paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote leaders not the people to suck up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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