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FBI Reviews

Updated May 5, 2018
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  1. "Task Force Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Task Force Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Task Force Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FBI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Treated with great respect by supervisors and co-workers

    Cons

    Working on the weekend at times and possibly holidays depending on work load


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The job is changing...and not in a good way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FBI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good and interesting cases, putting bad guys in jail, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    For years, the FBI has been hiring "the smartest guy in the room" without regard for interpersonal skills, creativity, tenacity or common sense. Book smarts doesn't equate to good (or even competent) investigator. Never has. Used to be the weakest Agent on a squad could still put a case together. Not so much any more. The DIOG (you have to get in to understand).

    Advice to Management

    Get away from the de facto requirement for an advanced degree to be competitive in Agent hiring. Scale back on specialized hiring and pull more from the Diversified Program.

  3. "Special Agent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FBI full-time

    Pros

    It is a great work environment, the people you work with become your family. You receive a lot of respect working there

    Cons

    There is a possibility that when you go into the field that you might lose one of your friends that are like family, and or your own life


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work, Frustrating Environment"

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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Highly talented employees. Opportunities to travel. Ability to work various programs. Federal government pay and benefits. Job security.

    Cons

    Very rigid, bureaucratic organization that is reluctant to adapt to the 21st century in areas of technology, workforce policy, etc. Work hindered by abysmal IT systems. Upward mobility for non-agent personnel is limited. Lack of diversity. The work and environment can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    The mission alone will not attract and retain top talent in adequate numbers. Adapt or be left behind.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding Career"

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    Current Employee - SpecialAget in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SpecialAget in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FBI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sense of mission and fulfillment. This is a career where you can truly make a difference. You are able to work alongside some of the finest individuals this country has to offer.

    Cons

    You need a thick skin when it comes to criticism.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Anti-women/Discriminatory environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FBI full-time

    Pros

    The best thing about this place is the Exit door!

    Cons

    There is a corporate culture of anti-women
    One man referred to women in management as "trying to wear big boy pants"

    Advice to Management

    All the management should be replaced


  7. "Special Agent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FBI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people and important mission.

    Cons

    No room for mistakes. The stakes are way too high.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Have Thick Skin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBI full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Racist 'good ol' boy' system. Lack of diversity in management positions. It's an agent versus administrative personnel culture. Agents are protected even if inappropriate. Outdated technology. Bureaucratic. Too many egotistical people.


  9. "Review"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong sense of community and purpose

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a hindrance to one's professional development, depending on where you work


  10. "Management and Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FBI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are kind and helpful due to the shared mission of protecting the American people. Everyone goes out of their way to help you. It is nice to leave your work at work. My stress level decreased significantly once joining. I am also very fulfilled because I have lots of opportunities to share my voice and opinion towards growth.

    Cons

    When first joining it is sometimes unclear your role, just soak up all the information around and get acclimated to the culture and such a large organization .

    Advice to Management

    Clearer directions.


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