FBI
3.3 of 5 71 reviews
www.fbi.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Dec 22, 2013
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3.3 71 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

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James B. Comey

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great mission and dedicated people but hierarchy, politics, and policies stifles innovation and change.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at FBI full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDedicated people. Great mission. Great benefits.

ConsNot a meritocracy. Politics and hierarchy are exhausting. Decision making not pushed down.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet smart people at lower levels make decisions. Promote based on merit, not on tenure. Develop talent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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FBI no longer the great Law Enforcement Agency

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FBI

ProsPrestige of working for a great Law Enforcement Agency. The respect given, even today goes a long way. Ability to represent your country and serve is a great feeling.

ConsUpward Mobility is greatly diminished with constant budget battles within Government. Job security is no longer guaranteed. Very reactive as opposed to proactive.

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Don't go if you aren't going to be an agent.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FBI full-time

ProsGood salary-Govt wide benefit only.

ConsCareer opportunities/advancement focuses on agents, almost exclusively.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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satisfying

Engineer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at FBI full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgreat cause to combat criminal activity

Consbureacracy and lots of people trying to stay risk averse

Advice to Senior Managementrelax

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Typical government organization

IT Specialist (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at FBI

Pros- Great federal government benefits
- Flexible work hours (though dependent on each Unit)
- Fair amount of opportunities to move around
- Very supportive on work/life balance

Cons- Bureaucratic, too much politics, etc.
- "Old heads" tend to run the show regardless of whether they're competent or not
- Extremely difficult to affect change for the better
- Many mid-level and Senior level management seem to make decisions to make themselves look good but such decisions may not be better for the people under them

Advice to Senior ManagementReward those employees that actually do the work and do it well. Have an open ear about ideas to improve the Unit's and FBI's overall mission and actually make a change. Don't base change on what the "old heads" say because 9 times out of 10 they just don't want change to be made.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's been good.

Chemical Engineer (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been working at FBI

ProsGood benifits, good amount of money.

ConsHard work, long hours, overtime.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

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Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at FBI

ProsThis is important work for the sake of the nation.

ConsThis is a large slow and difficult business.

Advice to Senior ManagementShut off the televisions, get the right technology, join the 21st century.

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Lots of talented people, but also lots of incompetent people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FBI

ProsHighest regarded law enforcement agency, the work is very important, lots of friendly people in the office, you will never get laid off unless you do something really stupid

ConsTons and tons of lazy and incompetent employees which makes completing the simplest tasks that much harder to accomplish, only a few people do the majority of the hard work, thinking outside of the box will get you nowhere.

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A few people do most of the work.

Information Technology Specialist (Current Employee)

I have been working at FBI

ProsThe mission of the FBI is important and vital work. You can find the diamonds in the rough. Very flexible with time off. Some oppurtunity for training.

ConsPolitics can be very rough. Pay for IT is low compared to industry. A few people will tend to do all the work. In a unit of 30 people, 3 will be doing 90%+ of the work required. Lack of a customer service mindset leads to addition problems. Projects suffer from scope creap, over budget, over time.

Advice to Senior ManagementAccountability for work produced. Improve inter-Section, inter-Division communication. Build better working relationships with your customer base.

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Good job

Special Agent (Current Employee)

I have been working at FBI

ProsTremendous freedom. Feeling of accomplishment that you're doing the right thing every day. Ethical environment.

ConsLittle incentive to go into management, and managers are generally poorly regarded.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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