Chicago Police Department

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Updated May 21, 2015
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Chicago Police Department Superintendent of Police Garry F. McCarthy
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  1. sergeant

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    Current Employee - Sergeant of Police in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sergeant of Police in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    freedom great benefits salary various locations to work the chance to make over time

    Cons

    not enough time off steady shifts more transparency in testing process.

    Advice to Management

    go back to rotating shift let the officers experience all watchs.


  2. Great job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department

    Pros

    Offers great benefits and decent salary. Thankless but fulfilling job. Endless opportunities for lateral and upward advancement.

    Cons

    Difficult to build relationships in this day of age. Like with any job bad management and supervisors can lead to bad morale.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't had enough time on to give any advice to management.


  3. Great pay, but racial indifference limits major progress.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, many units to explore, some very good officers, decent schedule, comfortable uniforms, and workout rooms in most districts.

    Cons

    Racial divide and indifference, sketchy history and culture, and unprofessional management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, and utilize the merit system to promote the best officers, with leadership abilities, and not your friends, or along racial lines.


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  5. There were lot of hard-working individuals, but the office was not always organized. The people were very friendly.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Crime Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Crime Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Police Department as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a good cause, people were friendly, you get to learn about public policy issues and gain skills for development

    Cons

    There is a lack of organization at times and as a intern I felt they sometimes forgot about me. Some work was pretty tedious.

    Advice to Management

    I would have appreciated more information about all the jobs around the department and received some more training in researching crime patterns.


  6. 20+ year veteran

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor condition of equipment; lack of patrol cars, all with over 100k miles; lack of in car computers; mismanagement of personnel; poor moral due to out of control political favoritism and corruption.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing, take care of your employees by providing them with the right equipment to do their job and treating them with respect.


  7. My experience with the Chicago Police Department was great!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Administrative Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - District Administrative Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot about law enforcement and crime.

    Cons

    Many people at higher management level did not always understand the logistics of what was going on at the district level.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is simply to employ the resources and recommendations of the officers working day-to-day on the streets before implementing a policy or strategy.


  8. A career choice with never a moment of regret.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was a Detective and quickly understood that quality work product and integrity earned one both respect and autonomy. The people I worked with were drawn from a wide and diverse cultural and ethnic background and were amongst the finest and most honorable individuals I have been blessed to have known.

    Cons

    In retrospect I could think of very few "cons" so to speak. One has to be prepared to sacrifice some aspects of a personal life. As in any organization the occasional mediocre supervisor does exist and it is most important to maintain one's sense of perspective. Advancement in rank is all too often determined by a person's ability to "test well" and too little is done to identify leadership qualities in individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a sense of integrity and be willing to work as hard as you would expect others to. Remember that loyalty must first come from the top down in order to be reciprocated. Morale is dependent on one's sense of fairness; never succumb to petty favoritism in relationships with personnel.


  9. Chicago Police Department

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    Current Employee - Police Captain in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Captain in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A Department full of professionals.

    Cons

    There is nothing wrong. Stop your whining.

    Advice to Management

    forge ahead you all make me proud to be a member.


  10. Learned a lot about interacting with others.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patrolman in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Patrolman in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were many opportunities for varied tasks.

    Cons

    Having some clout helps move you up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting based on who the person knows. Counter productive.


  11. Entire career is determined by local democratic politics and politicians.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Captain of Police in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Captain of Police in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best, most heroic, dedicated to helping their fellow man, people in the world work there and put their lives on the line every single day for decades.

    Cons

    Democratic politics and racial politics are overwhelmingly negative to the typical employee that tries to better him/herself.

    Advice to Management

    Politics runs management. If you lose your political advantage, you will lose your job.



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