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Updated March 31, 2017
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  • Split shift work hours or very long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Pay is not awful but not as much as private sector (you don't go into this profession for the (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Sometimes amazing, usually very frustrating."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    purpose, people, travel, flexibility, training

    Cons

    bureaucracy, people, conservative, IT, infrastructure


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Definitely a roller coaster"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent FBI in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent FBI in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is your main pro here along with the hard working agents, analysts, and support personnel that do the work we are here to do.

    Cons

    Leadership. And by that I mean the managers. No career path for growth other than kissing up and moving frequently. The best leaders never get promoted or recognized because they ruffled too many inept management feathers. Unfortunately the high performers are the people that agents look to in crisis or clutch time. Coordinators with made up jobs but a lot of executive management face time are the ones rewarded with promotions. Management likes to take credit for others successes and lay blame. The golden handcuffs of the pension is what keeps most of us here but more and more great people are popping smoke early as they are fed up.

    Advice to Management

    You aren't going to retain top talent with the way you treat the talent. Your Leadership Development Program is a nice start but it is only window dressing. Unfortunately there are still a lot of fat to cut. Problems are merely promoted or unaddressed.

  3. "Investigative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FBI full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and fast paced

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and not always easy to get promoted.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Intelligence Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FBI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - The ability to do positive work that helps the American people.
    - Good health benefits.
    - Training opportunities.
    - Ability to work with other LE and intelligence agencies.

    Cons

    - Analysts still considered second-class citizens.
    - VERY FEW if any, senior executive job opportunities for non-agents (aka Intelligence Analysts)
    - NEEDS more DIVERSITY. Director Comey makes a point this is an issue... it still is and needs to be fixed. New perspectives/fresh ideas/different life experiences will only make the FBI stronger.
    - Senior managers DO NOT seriously act on internal employee leadership climate surveys. (lots of CYA)
    - Older senior managers and employees used to doing things "a certain way" make it hard to adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Take the climate surveys seriously. Diversify your racial and gender pool of employees. If you're not attracting diversity, ask yourself "why?" and, "what can we do to change this?"


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Intelligence Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start out for an analyst. Intersting mission and provide the ablity to learn both the law enforcement and intelligence sides of things

    Cons

    They are still working out the kinks for their intelligence program and analysts are still considered second class citizens. There are not as many opportunities there as there are in other organizations.


  6. "SOS"

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    Current Employee - Staff Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are lots of training opportunities available to FBI employees. I've met a lot of intelligent and amazing people here.

    Cons

    Too many politics. Most people have to brown nose their way up the career ladder. Many people are not open to change. People with lots of ideas and ready to make a change get bored easily.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity- don't talk about it, be about it! Provide better training to those in leadership positions. Carefully read climate surveys and take action as needed.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It's what YOU make of it. Don't waste a minute! Watch out for incompetent, retalitory managers."

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Agent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Supervisory Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly rewarding serving the public and helping victims, local police and other organizations structure solutions to criminal justice and yes, sometimes even societal issues.

    Cons

    You are on a highwire. The Bureaucracy allows for thousands of safe harbors where agents and intell analysts hide as "subject matter experts" (when they have only read books or the internet) or hide as "coordinators" for worthless, meaningless programs that have nothing to do with the mission. Then those people network with FBI bosses around the country all day through email and video conference while you are out on the street trying to get the real mission accomplished (arresting major criminals, hunting down spies, figuring out who the next jihadist will be). After about 7 years you have a tremendous amount of real world experience but somehow those coordinators, who know NOTHING, are your boss through connections!
    IMPORTANTLY, we ask young professionals to give up very promising careers to become agents. You will forgo a lot of money and at the age of 50-55 when you retire you will not be able to pick up where you left off. The FBI is extremely rewarding. I would do it again, hell yes. But think about the financial consequences, they are significant and an additional sacrifice you and your family will incur if you accept the challenge of being an FBI agent.

    Advice to Management

    When the really great agents and analysts suggest improvements, come up with a way that the managers don't attack them and destroy their careers. You have a significant increase in really great young agents resigning in disgust over the vicious way management goes after hard working agents who are simply reporting waste, fraud, and abuse.

  8. "MPA"

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    Former Employee - Management & Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management & Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FBI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    FBI has up and down with security requirements and excellent benefits with high pay.

    Cons

    It sometimes requires applicants to prove their self in a background process and management hard on employees.

    Advice to Management

    Higher employee willing to do an excellent job.


  9. "FBI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid people but big bureacracy

    Cons

    Difficult to move into the senior service


  10. "Electronic Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to start a career, I worked there 35 + years. (Retired)

    Cons

    It was an ever changing network environment.

    Advice to Management

    None


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