LAPD Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
18 Reviews
3.6
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great job for scientists who don't mind keeping their thoughts within a box

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    Former Employee - Criminalist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Criminalist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting job with great benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Do not expect to be able to able to freely think outside the box. You will be expected to adhere to strict protocols, some of which are a bit antiquated. Technology within this field is changing very rapidly, and while the newer employees appear to embrace this change, management tends to resist it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this lab had a small group of scientists dedicated specifically to research and validation of new, cutting-edge protocols, I think this could easily become one of the top crime labs in the country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Typical Government Job

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job Security; sometimes it was fun to work with police officers; lay back environment when supervisor was not around; offered good benefits.

    Cons

    While there were promotional potential, but growth was limited by the City's budget. Lack of motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A good place to be a police officer.

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    Current Employee - Police Officer III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Police Officer III in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LAPD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    LAPD offers many different assignments and areas, and overall is a great organization to work for. For the most part, you are able to do what you want (as far as what type of police work you enjoy) whether it is gangs, traffic, motors, flying helicopters, narcotics, vice, recruiting, swat, etc.

    Cons

    The worst part is that the Chief answers to the mayor, and personal agendas of the mayor can get in the way. Also, it would be nice if we promoted people based on merit and not as much on demographics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, the job had good benefits because of all the unhealthy work conditions and practices they expose you to. Hard.

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    Former Employee - Police Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Police Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, as far as health, educational reimbursement, or training that was related to your job title. Open 24 hours, so any shift was available. Met some very nice co-workers.

    Cons

    invasion of privacy, rules, regulations, mental overload, treacherous supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create rules that don't force your employees to choose between their family and friends, or being employed. Develop policy that doesn't invade another's personal privacy, if it is not affecting their job or job performance directly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A great job, but beware

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    Former Employee - Police Officer III in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer III in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best cops you'll ever meet work in the city of Los Angeles. The possible career directions are endless and the job can be a lot of fun if you are cut out for it.

    Cons

    This is an organization that has chewed up and spit out a lot of people. It is on one hand a very professional organization, with high standards for its officers, and that's fine. On the other hand, it is run by management that operates based on the mind over matter principle. As in "we don't mind, because you don't matter." The lack of standards for how management behaves with in their dealings with officers is an issue that comes up frequently. The union helps, but conflict still occurs. This adds to a naturally stressful work situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating police officers like crap. It doesn't do anyone any good. Management needs to expect more of themselves than of their subordinates, not give themselves more latitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding and fun but management,not the criminal element, is detrimental to officer's health.

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Pay and benefits.
    - Interaction with diverse cultures and people.
    - THE DANGER!!! WHAT A RUSH!!!
    - Satisfaction of helping others.
    - Every day is different even if your assignment is not.

    Cons

    - Politics !!!!
    - 3/12 shifts can be brutal. Especially if you live outside of city limits and commute to work.
    - Management "eats it's own". Job security not a sure thing; especially if you don't kiss ass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rank and file officers and non-management civilians are people too and people make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are due to ignorance or a simple "mistake of the heart".
    Management should investigate and where warranted TEACH the employee and give them a second chance instead of seeking immediate termination and in some cases prosecution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stressful occupation, good training . Your attitude is vital.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LAPD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Medical, Dental and Counseling for family.

    Cons

    Personal safety issues. You face Internal Affairs for any mistakes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Brutal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LAPD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be many but its gotten worse every year for last 20yrs....

    Cons

    Thankless job. Management does not care about its employees. Politics. Company eats its own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop destroying your own from the inside. Treat Ofcrs with the same discretion that the management gets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LAPD

    Pros

    Flexibility, job satisfaction, the people

    Cons

    Not a career if you always want to be popular

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Inside look at LAPD

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    Former Employee - Police Officer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer II in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LAPD

    Pros

    advancement opportunities, multiple divisions to work, numerous assignments, 2 people per car, the name says it all.

    Cons

    Pay is low for the most dangerous police department to work for, most captains and up are not realistic, benefits are not very good compared to almost all police departments, vehicles are dirty and not well kept, communication and computers go down, the department has a passive view which limit officers ability to perform their duties, and the department has a lot of supervisors that couldn't cut it on the street so they promote and take a desk job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the streets and earn your time on before promoting. Realize that the streets need more officers on the street and remove certain details with get paid ridiculous amounts of money like RACR division which is a pointless division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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