US Postal Inspection Service

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US Postal Inspection Service Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postal Inspecvtor
    Current Employee - Postal Inspecvtor

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    award and recognize employees efforts based on their results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service

    Pros

    Their motivations are good, but the execution is sketchy.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy and groupthink stifles individual ideas and initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and *use* good ideas for progressive improvement,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good federal agency to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Postal Inspection Service

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, good training. Opportunity for advancement, after 15 years you are at 5 weeks vacation. Easy to transfer to another agency.

    Cons

    I don't see how the USPS, parent of the USPIS can survive another 20 years. It is a dying business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The newer PPO's want to get more involved, take on more responsibility. It will probably never happen so most of us are looking at other agencies.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great career with one of the lesser known federal law enforcement agencies

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - United States Postal Inspector
    Former Employee - United States Postal Inspector

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

    Pros

    Great training, allowed to work autonomously when necessary, can gain experience with both state and federal violations. Pay is excellent and those applying should know federal agents must work 50 hours a week, so figure that in accordingly.

    Cons

    10 hour days can take adjusting to, being on call 24/7 on a rotating basis (though in smaller cities, having to respond at night is not a typical thing). If you get a good manager and a hard working team, life is grand. If you have a micromanager who doesn't understand the work themselves, it can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask team members how their supervisor is doing, and actually make it an environment that encourages a truthful answer. There is no place for egos if it will stunt the improvement process. People want to see they are revered, and supported, that is more motivating than money or power ever was.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    200 years

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    Current Employee - Postal Inspector in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postal Inspector in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Not your typical government agency. Lots of opportunities to work great cases. Easy on the oversight vs. other law enforcement agencies.

    Cons

    They are killing us on the goals. Ton of paper and work and they mean nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on operations and the mission and stop trying to impress USPS. That will come with the accomplishments we Inspectors do every day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get off the sinking ship while you can!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - U S Postal Inspector
    Former Employee - U S Postal Inspector

    I worked at US Postal Inspection Service

    Pros

    Some of the cases worked on were interesting and rewarding. Many of my co-workers below management level were solid people and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is there is no upside. It's kind of like working at a buggy whip factory, or maybe Polaroid. The USPS is a dying organization, as is USPIS. They haven't hired in years, people are leaving in droves, and the management and goals change on a monthly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try communicating the truth to your employees. The top management for the last several years LIES about everything, and for no apparent reason. Among the rank and file employees, there is no faith in the leadership of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend

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