FBI - Hands down, the finest organization in the world. | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "This is a career where you can truly make a difference" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Protecting the American people and the Constitution is a great mission" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Split shift work hours or very long hours" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Can make more money in the private sector" (in 10 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

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"Hands down, the finest organization in the world."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at FBI full-time

Pros

You are working with the best of the best. The most intelligent, driven and accomplished Special Agents and Analysts the world over. These are people who have dedicated their lives in service of the nation, it's people and the constitution. Remember that the FBI doesn't take just anybody.

Cons

Long work hours in highly stressful and often dangerous situations. Not for the weak or fainthearted.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Management and Program Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FBI full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of the work, job security and good salary

    Cons

    Some technology is slow which slows down productivity at times.


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    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FBI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Important mission that is critical to the nation, a number of smart people who want to do the "right thing" legally and ethically, diverse career opportunities for agents (and increasingly intelligence analysts), work with an increasingly international dimension, employees are trustworthy and the 'rank and file' tend to support each other during difficult times (professionally/personally).

    Cons

    Lack of accountability for personnel results when spending taxpayer money on programs (process versus results); bureaucratic rigidity, culture is geared toward reactive thinking as opposed to strategic thinking, organizational culture where too many employees (particularly special agents at the mid-level) are more motivated to find their next job as opposed to making a substantive contribution where they work, little recognition and career mobility for professional staff who are neither Agents nor intelligence analysts, a lot of middle management in critical positions who lack leadership qualities

    Advice to Management

    1. You claim that all FBI employees are important as the FBI relies on a 'team culture' to accomplish its mission, but in practice you only create career ladders and developmental opportunities for the Agent population and increasingly Intelligence Analysts. Start treating employees like individuals with talent and potential through flexible career options and recognition, not as employees who are defined by their title (i.e. Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts etc..). Some employees don't feel like they're members of a team when certain career series are conspicuously supported and promoted over others.

    2. Stop the 18 month rotation program for Special Agents at HQ, creates too much turnover, costs too much taxpayer money, especially when the organization needs Agents in the field working cases and getting bad guys prosecuted. Special agent rotations to headquarters (HQ) should be because should be orientated toward making difference in the HQ environment through strategic-level contributions, not primarily motivated by TDY benefits and/or promotion incentives. This type of HR system creates an entitlement mentality and a level of self interest that is detrimental toward accomplishing the mission.

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