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Updated Jul 22, 2021

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Found 96 of over 105 reviews

3.8
76%
Recommend to a Friend
69%
Approve of CEO
DEA Acting Administrator Robert W Patterson
Robert W Patterson
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and a great place to work(in 5 reviews)

  • "The world is your investigative canvas(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Sometimes have to work long hours, weekends, holidays(in 7 reviews)

  • "Major challenge: if you are not a Special Agent, your career aspirations may be limited(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Run While it Lasted

      Apr 19, 2021 - Special Agent in Columbia, SC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Usually something new everyday. Excellent training.

      Cons

      Long hours and some danger.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Small Agency

      Jul 22, 2021 - Supervisory Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Opportunity to promote and travel

      Cons

      Poor senior leadership in some areas

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      DEA

      Jun 3, 2021 - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Rewarding in doing the job itself. Public safety.

      Cons

      Long working hours and subject to after hour calls

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Would not recommend

      Jun 20, 2021 - Diversion Investigator in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Rewarding work, government work is flexible in terms of time off and scheduling.

      Cons

      Diversion Investigators treated like second class citizens compared to 1811 staff Poor, retaliatory management

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      True Remarks of GOVT job.

      Jun 1, 2021 - Supervisory Special Agent in Fairfield, NJ
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good Mission. and good career.

      Cons

      Poor hiring practices. Culture of Politically correct.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Pretty good place to work

      Apr 17, 2021 - Contract Specialist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      A very forward-thinking organization, flexible, and open to learning/growing.

      Cons

      Room for growth with bringing on employees new to this type of work.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great employer

      Apr 19, 2021 - Retired in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Team focused with a common goal

      Cons

      Can not think of any cons.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Special Agent

      May 6, 2021 - Special Agent in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Salary is most you will make in law enforcmenet

      Cons

      The hours are very long.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Friendly Office

      Mar 15, 2021 - Judicial Clerkship in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good work life balance and friendly people to work with.

      Cons

      Not particularly exciting work. Uneven workload comes in waves.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work

      Feb 14, 2021 - Investigative Analyst in Dover, DE
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      People are great to work with. The work is always interesting. Plenty of room for advancement.

      Cons

      Some processes can take longer than I'd like, but that's the government for you.

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