US Department of Homeland Security Reviews

Updated 13 Jan 2021

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74%
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US Department of Homeland Security Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen
95 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, shift work, long time before weekends off(in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst 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 5 years

    Pros

    Part of something big and dedicated to serve

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth

  2. "Pretty great"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Chief Counsel in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, reasonable quality of life, intellectually stimulating. People are good as well.

    Cons

    People hate you if you work here.

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  3. "Having amazing bosses and coworkers/teammates makes all the difference"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst 

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for growth and promotion. Great benefits. Cash bonuses.

    Cons

    Tends to be a lot of miscommunication from the top down. The work and the people outside of my branch/subdivision can be very demanding as if we work for them.

  4. "Great Experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Protective Security Officer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the pros of working with US Department of Homeland Security is the professional team work atmosphere.

    Cons

    One of the cons is that you become so immersed in your work, you loose sight of your time to move on or retire.

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  5. "DAS Review"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Assistant Secretary 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 a year

    Pros

    Important work that makes the news daily

    Cons

    Government bureaucracies are super entrenched and resist work and change

  6. "Great Experience"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Homeland Security full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    DHS covers a wide umbrella of subject areas.

    Cons

    The amount of work expected is a lot.

  7. "Great place to work but the firearms policy is pretty stupid."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Instructor in Artesia, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere. Very family oriented and they pay very well. It also gives me an opportunity to do a very important job training young officers.

    Cons

    They are kind of idiots about not letting prior law enforcement carry firearms on base. Very frustrating that you can carry a firearm everywhere in the U.S. but not on base. We teach officers to respond to an Active threat situations all over the country but they don't trust us to have firearms so that we could respond.

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  8. "Good Work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Research Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Organization Possesses Competent Leadership

    Cons

    IT Shortcomings for Remote Work

  9. "DHS i&a"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Unique mission Education benefits Good mid-late career salary

    Cons

    Early salary Most work must be done in a SCIF

  10. "Vast opportunities to make a difference"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Director, Communications in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    A sense of purpose and mission, job stability, opportunities in various environments, locations and specialties.

    Cons

    Pay increases are based on time, not performance

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