Chicago Police Department

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The CPD - a once proud department

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Chicago Police Department

Pros

If you like having a real impact on people's lives this is the job for you. No two days are alike. The pay is good (unless you're getting shot at, spit upon, cursed, sued, or indicted). Great people to work with and lots of fun. Occasionally someone will say thank you.....that makes it all worthwhile.

Cons

....getting shot at, spit upon, sued, or indicted....you really can't understand it unless you've been there. The biggest con on this job is the total lack of support from the upper echelon within the department and the city officials

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hang your collective heads in shame. You now have the police department you asked for. To the good citizens of the city.....arm yourselves!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department

    Pros

    Having job stability is an important part of my career. In this time of economic crisis, it is reasurring that I will not be laid off.The benefits are pretty good. I can retire with a full pension at 29years with 75% of my salary. I don't think you will find that in private industry.

    Cons

    The department is very political. A significant amount a promotions are Merit (political).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the real talent within the department and use it. I see a lot of highly qualified people overlooked for assignments. Senior management needs to follow management styles used in major private corporations such as G.E and Motorola. Most high ranking officers have no idea how to motivate the backbone of the police department which is patrol. Maybe a Six Sigma or other quality control certification would help.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A challenging career with many benefits and great experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department

    Pros

    The salary offered by the police department is very competitive. It is difficult to find a job matching our salary without requiring at least a masters degree. Currently, only 2 years of college or 4 years of active duty military are required. The department also has tuition reimbursement for ALL college classes taken while employed by the city, even those not remotely related to law enforcement. For example, a final grade of an A is 100% reimbursement, B 80%, C 70%. The schedule can be tough on those that are used to working a 9-5 schedule, but the hours are not bad

    Cons

    As in any industry, sometimes those that get promoted are not the best candidates for the position. This is because promotions are given through testing and merit. Both have their drawbacks. Those who may score high on a test may be very book smart but possess no "street smarts," which is needed to work on the streets. Those that are promoted by merit are sometimes people who don't deserve a promotion, but have many connections to higher ups and clout that. Also, we do work crazy hours, weekends and holidays. New Year eve will almost always be spent at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the needs of those officers on the street. Many times there are ideas an strategies thought up in an office by a person who has not patrolled the street in many years.

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