Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Pros
  • "Upward mobility, historic organization with the ability to meet great people from around the world(in 23 reviews)

  • "Great Mission, Vast Majority of People are exceptional(in 21 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Administrative burdens and long hours(in 21 reviews)

  • "NSA pays their scientists a STEM bonus to keep them from leaving to private sector(in 15 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years
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      Sep 2, 2020 - N/A 
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      Pros

      Great place to work and to build a career.

      Cons

      Be ready to be on your A game at all times

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Career Opportunities

      May 10, 2021 - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Almost all employees have strong devotion to the mission, work in teams, plenty of training, federal benefits including pension, most offices are diverse.

      Cons

      Hours can be long and hard to predict, requires relocation usually to rise into mid-level and senior management.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Loved to Serve my Neighbors

      Mar 26, 2021 - IT Specialist 
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      Pros

      I loved my career. Loved to assist those who I came in contact with. Felt like I made a positive difference all areas that I worked, locations I was assigned and a valuable team member for majority of my career.

      Cons

      The new management style is no longer what it was when I first started. It seems that the FBI Core Values that you are requested to uphold does not seem to be enforced with those in management positions. Management use to be so much better with home/work life balance then it is today. They do home/work life balance but it is not the same "family" oriented work life like it use to be when Director Free and Director Mueller to name a few that were serving the FBI.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Mission vs Culture

      Apr 17, 2021 - Professional Staff 
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      Pros

      The mission - no where else can you do this type of work. It's amazing! If you find a good group to work with, you'll really feel like a team working towards a 'common good' goal.

      Cons

      Still a white male dominated organization. It claims it is changing, but it really isn't...maybe it is, but at the current pace your career will be over by the time any real change occurs. They promote and reassign bad employees, which means the problems continue and now affect more employees . They spend more time and energy trying to discredit employees who report problems than they do actually trying to fix the problem. It's definitely a dog eat dog environment when it comes to careers and taking credit for good things.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Career

      Apr 5, 2021 - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      Great career if your motivated to work hard and put in the time. College degree is the minimum requirement but it helps to have a masters degree. Entry level jobs can be challenging but if you networks with employees in the area you want to move it's really going to help you in the long term.

      Cons

      If your coming here to make a lot of money this will probably not be the right place for you. Movement in certain areas is harder then others.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Fantastic place to build a career!

      Apr 20, 2021 - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Phenomenal people, amazing mission, ability to make an impact

      Cons

      Occasionally a little too bureaucratic

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I'm doing this for research

      Apr 21, 2021 - Fbi in Huntsville, AL
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      Pros

      Don't actually pay attention to this

      Cons

      There are no cons here

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

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      Apr 15, 2021 - FBI Special Agent in Orlando, FL
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      Pros

      An amazing career and opportunities.

      Cons

      A job I worked hard to get and only wished I had 24 hours a day and a lifetime to work it.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      No Leadership Accountability for Hostile Work Environments

      Apr 29, 2021 - Professional Staff in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Worthwhile mission, interesting assignments, many selfless and dedicated people

      Cons

      Rampantly abusive, discriminatory treatment of professional staff and female/minority agents

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Still the premiere Law Enforcement agency

      Jan 27, 2021 - Special Agent in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Professional Federal Law Enforcement agency with domestic and global reach. The FBI investigates more than 400 different violations of US law and is also the primary domestic counterintelligence agency for the country.

      Cons

      It is a Bureaucracy first. The commitment to diversity and professional development is severely lacking and exists in print, not in practice. The higher you look in the leadership structure, the harder it is to find competent, courageous and compassionate leaders. It is also very likely that the Bureaucracy is insulating a bad leader they cannot (or will not) fire. Good leaders exist, but they are the exception. However, your collection of bad leadership experiences will transform you and unlock your full potential, if you adapt and endure.

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