TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
213 Reviews
2.5
213 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay for the work and good benefits (in 17 reviews)

  • It is pretty good pay for a job that is non-skilled labor (in 17 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    TSO

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    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Jamaica, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Jamaica, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    As a whole TSA can be a rewarding career or just a foot in the door for the thousands of government jobs out there in the world

    Cons

    It's like high school, people too much worried about who and what you doing. How this one got that promotion and what not.... Ain't nobody got time for that

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    All in who you know

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    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Application process is easy, but time consuming over multiple phases of acceptance
    Rewarding results and satisfaction

    Cons

    No room for growth if you're not able to transfer
    Political minded management with a "check the block" mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some upper echelon control of who you promote and how many at each local airport; too many chiefs who are not willing to do the work and not enough ground forces to compensate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely unprofessional group of individuals!

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    Former Employee - TSA OFFICER in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - TSA OFFICER in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    "Federal Job." Medical benefits for those who are part-time. Excellent benefits. It looks great to have the Department of Homeland Security on your resume.

    Cons

    Dealing with extremely rude passengers on a regular basis and not having the support of supervisors or management. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take some classes. Acquire managerial skills Pronto!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    TSA

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    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Portland, ME (US)
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Portland, ME (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work force, Good pay

    Cons

    Micro Managed, not much in rises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    13 years with TSA has been an adventure. I have gone as far as I can go with the job. Ready for something new.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy working with public. Learning about security in so many phases, and training. Working with associates new and old.

    Cons

    The changes in operational procedure's seem to contradict and create miscommunication between associates due to limited time to study new procedure's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to the security officers on the front line and get their suggestions. Give TSO'S more time to study and get a clearer understanding of the mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved my job!

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    Former Employee - Tso in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Tso in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits! Nice pay, too!

    Cons

    Some power-hungry supervisors that need to be followed up by managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose supervisors carefully and follow up on their behavior!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The pay is good, and you will be trained to perform any tasks that are assigned to you.

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    Former Employee - Tso
    Former Employee - Tso

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for growth and opportunity to advance. You work for your scheduled hours and htere is nothing ot take home with you.

    Cons

    Work hours can be odd shifts and jobs require a lot of physical movement and being on your feet for long periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as indivduals, not as numbers. View situations on a case by case basis.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Coworkers were great...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Transportation Security Officer in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meet all types of people, okay paycheck, good training program

    Cons

    Working with the public, working for the government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The government needs to quit changing rules and policies all the time so employees and the public are on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    TSO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In depth training on local and global threats that surround our society on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Seniority , inflexible work hours. Essential emergency personnel(work during inclement weather conditions) Micro managed at times. Various other aspects that make a simple job, more difficult than it actually is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the federal government. Management is aware of the existing issues across the board. The issues can be addressed but to many people are calling the shots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Use only as a stepping stone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides good Benefits and TSP

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Incompetent people in executive staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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