DEA Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2020

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4.2
93%
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68%
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DEA Acting Administrator Robert W Patterson
Robert W Patterson
12 Ratings
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  • "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. "Great Career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The world is your investigative canvas

    Cons

    Mandatory Retirement and rotation to HQ

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  2. "DEA"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people and a great place to work

    Cons

    Hard demanding work and very long hours

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  3. "What it is like in DEA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are working in a positive environment with good people.

    Cons

    Retirement planning is on you. The retirement pay is low. You have to invest a good portion of your money to have a decent retirement.

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  4. "Great career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging, rewarding, you get out of it what you put in to it.

    Cons

    Long hours; need to be able to prioritize work-life while trying to maintain a family life; might have to work with people who are not committed to true law enforcement and who shouldn't be in the job.

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  5. "Supervisory Special Agent"

    5.0
    Current Employee - FLORIDA in Miami, FL

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    International Cases; Exciting Work; Teamwork; Service to the Community; Opportunity to Travel; Great Training

    Cons

    Administrative Work; Long Hours; Dangerous; Family Life; Relocation

  6. "Great place to work - will definitely continue within it"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Aide in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DEA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone feels like they belong to the same family

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

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  7. "Great mission, committed workforce, but poor executive leadership"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Special Agent In Charge in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mission, dedicated workforce, diverse workforce

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, self-serving agendas

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great job!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Special Agent 

    I have been working at DEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    rewarding, exciting, every day is different, good people

    Cons

    Pay cap after reaching GS-15 level

  9. "It's a great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unit Chief in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Senior management needs to change

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  10. "Yeah"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst 

    I have been working at DEA full-time

    Pros

    Its chill and good work

    Cons

    People always reshuffling to other positions

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