US Postal Inspection Service

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Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Federal Law Enforcement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Oldest and greatest federal law enforcement agency. Great flexibility in working cases, very professional agency, and great working environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Does require long and irregular hours and considerable travel at times. Being a law enforcement position, you do have the potential to deal with dangerous situations and people.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make progress with new technology to assist with conducting quality investigations. Continue to focus on developing employees to become future leaders.


  2. Security Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Northeast, NY
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Northeast, NY

    I have been working at US Postal Inspection Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is often challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Create advancing P/T development scales.


  3. diverse workforce and really diverse investigations make this place interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - United States Postal Inspector in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - United States Postal Inspector in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    wide variety of investigations, lots of experience can be obtained with this agency. well-respected mostly by prosecutors in a lot of jurisdictions, and lots of networking opportunity. the work is interesting, and the people are generally really nice. training standards are high, and with the right mentorship you can really develop your skills.

    Cons

    very old-school in a lot of ways, can limit opportunities if you're not in the right place at the right time with open-minded leadership. not always well-respected by other law enforcement agencies. you can usually tell who was a postal employee before.

    Advice to Management

    take a good look around the field and you will find good people who work hard for their pay...and not so good people who don't work hard at all. learn to measure better, and offer equality and balance. some offices don't have that.


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    Part law enforcement part corporate security

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

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Rich history that not a lot of people know about. The pay is ok, some would say great but it has to be based on a minimum mandatory 50 hour work week. But I am enjoying my retirement no so that is nice.

    Cons

    Not a true 1811 and a lot of corporate security work. Cut throat agency that places a hiring emphasis on people currently working for the Post Office. Meaning your clerk or mailman would get hired to be a federal law enforcement officer with the Inspection Service before someone with actual experience or even an advanced degree. Don't trust anyone is more than a motto there, it's a way of life.

    Advice to Management

    When I was there the majority of managers were prior postal employees that had no concept of family and believed work should always come first. Fix LEAP to be what it says it is or don't put people on call if they are required to work their LEAP daily.


  6. Excellent experience working with great people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very welcoming and professional work environment.

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons while employed here.


  7. The United States Postal Inspection Service is one of the best employers I have had.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspection Service Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inspection Service Technician in Chicago, IL

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The employee benefits are excellent and management, and co-workers are good. The job environment is friendly and safe. The different aspects of the job assignments were interesting and helpful to the general public

    Cons

    The opportunities for advancement in the same office were limited. Most of the higher level job opportunities were outside of the area where I wanted to live and that can be difficult when raising a family, because you are required to move out of state and the changes can be disruptive for growing children.

    Advice to Management

    Management are already the best they can to keep a pleasant and safe environment. The creation of new positions at higher clerical levels can contribute to raise the morale of the employees.


  8. Great cohesiveness among the agents and received full support from middle mamgement on day to day basis

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postal Inspecvtor
    Current Employee - Postal Inspecvtor

    I have been working at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Given autonomy to investigate cases, provided all needed equipment and personnel support to investigate, sufficient training opportunities, good verical communication from management

    Cons

    too slow in developing changes in national policy in any given area

    Advice to Management

    award and recognize employees efforts based on their results.


  9. Nice people and well-intended, but the bureaucracy reigns.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Their motivations are good, but the execution is sketchy.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy and groupthink stifles individual ideas and initiative.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and *use* good ideas for progressive improvement,


  10. Very rewarding as I was afforded the opportunity to meet executives for around the world.

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

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are interested in law enforcement opportunities then this is a great place to work because you can learn all avenues of the profession.

    Cons

    You sometimes are arresting your peers who have committed a crime.

    Advice to Management

    Take the job serious but learn to relax in the position as well.


  11. It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reputation, Investiagive Skill, Public Image

    Cons

    Unethical; makes verbal and written promises it has no intent of honoring. I was recruited from a promising job with a verbal understanding the USPIS position would involve more responsibility, less oversight and internal growth opportunities. The position would be Supervisory, but would not include law enforcement responsibilities. Position included a $5,000 recruitment bonus, which although was a written contract, contained terms which were NOT included in the verbal agreement. Once aboard, the terms of employment were unilaterally altered by the Inspector in Charge. In speaking with other USPIS non-law enforcement employees, it is quite clear the USPIS has a history of unilaterally changing the terms of employment AFTER a recruited applicant has commenced employment with the USPIS. Teamwork does exist in the USPIS...but only if you are a Postal Inspector. Otherwise, you are expected to be seen but not heard. If you value being treated as a second-class citizen day in and day out, then the USPIS is for you! If you are motivated by continously sacraficing your dignity "for the good of the Service"...the USPIS is for you! According to the USPIS, Benjamin Franklin was the founder of the USPIS...if you truly value sacraficing your liberty for security then the USPIS will richly reward you for your "teamwork." In the end you will come to realize the USPIS is a culture of, by and for Postal Inspectors...and if you don't carry a gun or wear a badge, then you really deserve all of tremendous opportunities the USPIS makes available to you. If you are contemplating employment with the USPIS you should SERIOUSLY examine the issues most valuable to you foremost...knowing of course you WILL be expected to make sacrafices Postal Inspectors are not...and never will...be asked to make "for the good of the Service." The USPIS has so much to offer you...much more than you ever dreamed...but be careful what you ask for...you just may get it...and so much more!

    Advice to Management

    The USPIS is much more than just Postal Inspectors...make sure promises made are promises kept. The faith and trust extended will be worth the investment. Monitor your Inspectors-in-Charge...actions speak louder than words. Stop the rampant practice of monitoring employee email exchanges for no other reason than simply because the USPIS can (ask Inspector-in-Charge "Sam"at USPIS IT about this). Become the embodiment of the USPIS founder Benjamin Franklin.



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