Sr. System/Sr. Network/Sr. Security Architect (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NY – November 23, 2015
Pros: Proactively catching terrorism, very supportive government management, working with Jurisdiction Chiefs, developing systems and integrating partner’s APIs, very structured and organized, fun people to work with and positive attitudes.
Cons: Red-Tape and Paperwork
This is a very exciting place to work, which is also very busy and makes the day go by quickly. The government is greatly organized and wants to keep America safe
Management has own agenda, you are of no concern. Very dog eat dog environment is what they support. There is no team. They search for a reason to "write you up" if you are not a "favorite". What it takes to be a favorite ... you may not be willing to sacrifice your morals and ethics.
Federal Security Officer (Former Employee), Phoenix, Ariz. – November 12, 2015
Pros: Got to go thru a lot of different areas at the airport the public can't
Cons: Everyone complains about management, so I won't today
Worked different locations at the airport thru the 11+ years. Baggage area with SouthWest Airlines was my most enjoyable place. When it got busy, it was fast paced. We bid for our work area yearly and I got to work at 3 positions at Homeland Security. Playbook, another position was boring but enjoyable from the standpoint we trans-versed thru the airport setting up checkpoints to verify authorized passage to the Tarmac or airfield. The least satisfying was Check-point. Though there were good moments. I thought the people were the most interesting. Some were pleasant-interesting and different in a good way. There is more to tell, but maybe this is enough, don't want to write a book.
Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) - Cargo (Former Employee), Aurora, CO – November 11, 2015
Pros: Independent work, I established my schedules
Cons: Difficult to obtain overtime to complete tasks on a given schedule.
My work was rewarding and diverse. I enjoyed the interaction I had with the public and with business owners and shippers of cargo in the Denver metro area. I would definitely recommend this type of work to the right person.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBP) (Former Employee), Detroit, MI – November 5, 2015
Pros: Good support of miliary reservists
Cons: Red tape
Fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my colleagues and learning from them. The office started to get crowded as the company grew.
Pros: You can learn a lot to move up into other areas
Cons: many challenges with the changes in security
I learned a lot as a team leader Was able to grow and show my strengths and was taught were my weaknesses were. Many challenges as expected with the work performed on a daily basis. Enjoyed the diverse culturs and working with the general public
(FQS) QA/QC PA Program Specialist (Current Employee), Washington, DC – October 23, 2015
Pros: Rewarding in aiding survivors of disasters
Cons: Temporary position with no benefits or job security
This job requires 24 hour notice with a requirement to work 300 days a year with no federal benefits while working for the federal government in disaster response and recovery efforts. Having to travel from disaster to disaster this requires leaving family and friends for several months to years at a time. There is no job security as this is considered a temporary job and when not deployed you do not receive a paycheck. Management is often younger less qualified persons that the experienced persons have been assigned to train because of salary restructure and downward salary trends.
Exhuasting work, constantly busy, unable to let guard down for a minute.
Transportation Security Officer (Former Employee), Boston, MA – October 21, 2015
Pros: knowing you were protecting the public
Cons: short breaks and lunch, constant supervision, hours were horrible!
Very intense work. Must be alert and vigilent at all times. Unable to relax for even a minute if you expect to do a good job. Always under constant supervision. Always being tested. Can be very stressful job. But, was indeed proud of what I did and the way I did it.
The mission of FEMA is to serve the unfortunate persons affected by disaster. Working with a diverse population, most every employee gave genuinely of themselves to help and better the lives of those most affected. I was the greatest opportunity of my working career.
Provided front line security and security for passengers,airport and aircraft.
Transportation Security Officer Supervisor (Former Employee), Palm Springs, CA PSP – October 21, 2015
Pros: This was all acomplished with out UNIONISATION.
Cons: It is a very stressful job
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was formed as a reaction to the (/11/01 Terrorist attack. It was formed under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2001 and shortly there after, Reorganized into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. TSA was formed with Zero employees in 2001 and grew to 64,000 employees by 2002 in TSA alone. Mid 2002 the TSA was combined all the departments that now make up all of Homeland Security(DHS). As you can understand, this took a Herculean effort and constant change with personnel and procedures. All of this change placed a tremendous amount of stress and confusion on the Screening Officers. While the task of keeping the airlines safe was paramount, it exacted a lot of pressure on all levels of personnel. The passengers were both a joy and a headache. Most were really grateful, while the few were ungrateful and angry. Today, 13 years later, there is sill growth apparent. which still results in frustration on both Travelers and employees the same. I think all employees' can be justified in pride of the over all results.
WorkForce Manager/Administrative Officer (Former Employee), Washington, DC – October 20, 2015
Pros: Worklife balance
Cons: extremely high insurance premiums
Great agility and creative workforce. Afforded opportunities to telework. Great people, chance to make a difference. Create change and put your own imprint on implementation of processes and procedures. Co-workers are modest, smart engineers. Hardest part of the job is not being able to have fun....Work Hard/Play Hard
Material Handler (Current Employee), Boston, MA – October 17, 2015
Receive, inspect and sign for packages delivered by carriers and post office. Log in and place packages in appropriate shelf. Create CBL/GBL for pallets out going, calling and arrange pick up of pallets and packages weighing over 150 lbs. Enjoy the atmosphere and co workers. Working as a team and getting job done. Everyone pulling their weight equally and notifying everyone of on going traffic of packages.