US Capitol Police

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US Capitol Police Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
Updated May 12, 2014
7 Reviews
3.0
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work on most days

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In such small agency, a civilian employee can learn a lot and get lots of varied experience.

    Cons

    Management is bit schizophrenic. The answer today may not be the answer tomorrow for the same situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer employees time off awards or annual bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher pay than most companies
    Lots of overtime
    Awesome health benefits
    Lots of Leave

    Cons

    Lots of MANDATORY overtime
    Pressure to get to work on time (you get written up for being a minute late. more than three times and there are serious repercussions)
    No career growth unless you are an officer

  3.  

    US Capitol Police

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overtime is abundant and available

    Cons

    Management is short sighted and inept

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Go DC Metro, Park Police, Pentagon, Federal protective services, FBI, Secret Service, etc

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Capitol Police full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money. This is it. Take into consideration cost of living and you're not doing that good, but in terms of police/security, they pay.

    Cons

    Zero job satisfaction, zero opportunity for advancement (unless you have major connections). This applies to intel, swat, threats, bomb squad, firearms, promotion, k9, patrol, everything. 1600 officers, intel, bomb squad, firearms, etc, take 2-4 new people every 5 years. If eventually you want day work with weekends off, you literally need 15 years on. Management (sgts, lts, captains, etc) are power-trip maniacs, have no people skills.
    I could go on all day, it's a horrible place to work. Go anywhere else. No joke, I did my best to warn you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and let someone else run things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    From Heaven to Earth!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relationship with co-workers is great, though not always the best, compared of that of your first line supervisors who find themselves caught between senior leadership and subordinates, however they do make a difference trying to improve morale, when allowed by their seniors.

    Cons

    senior leadership seemed to have forgotten, they too were officers once. Lack of knowledge and disconnect from officer's morale and "needs of the department" do not concern the need of the officers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A much needed sensing survey or sensing session from an outside agency reporting to the managing agencies or members. This department can be as great as it was just a few years back, with minor changes and lowering the up and coming exodus of good employees to another agency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't be the one to demonstrate or suggest how change might be beneficial.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police

    Pros

    It's the Capitol of the United States of America! The commute is great and access to the buildings , special events and tourist sights is awesome. There is a fair amount of prestige associated with working on the Hill. The retirement package is better than the executive branch.

    Cons

    Very little accountability on the part of management. Problems are pushed aside until the next chief of police is appointed. Then the issues are brought up again and fussed over for awhile...until a new chief is appointed.

    There is no Title 5, therefore no General Schedule employees. It is next to impossible to transfer out and into the Executive Branch. Everyone is hired by appointment and can be terminated at any time for little or no reason. There are no cash awards such as incentive, on-the-spot, or performance awards.

    Four to five oversight (congressional) committees - dependant upon what political part is in the majority in the House - makes it exceedingly difficult to make the necessary changes for improvement. Plus the oversight of the Capitol Police Board. Plus the Chief of Police. Too many cooks. The Chief cannot lead as effectively as a Cheif of Police in the civilian, or even a similar federal LE agency can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the civilian deadwood. Do desk audits. Check the suitability of the incumbent employees against their position descriptions. Stop the hiring of friends and friends of friends. The Office of Financial Management needs to be completely over-hauled.

    Better due diligence on new hires. The background checks are fine, but how about making inquiries of former co-workers and subordinates before hiring mid and upper level management personnel. Require all personnel that carry firearms to maintain a TS clearance. If they do that, they can't belong to the FOP. That alone would eliminate quite a few problems.

    Establish Title 5 with the three year probation period like the Executive Branch.

    Find out why the last two CAOs, CFOs, numerous directors and a Diversity Officer have resigned and correct the situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civilian in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Civilian in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Capitol Police

    Pros

    job security is ok also

    Cons

    no opportunities to advance also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ok ometmes message is not down to others

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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