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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Reviews

Updated Feb 12, 2020

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4.3
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director  Christopher Wray  (no image)
Christopher Wray
51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, very dedicated to making sure you feel a part of their community(in 20 reviews)

  • "Highly professional law enforcement agency(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours; sometimes dangerous assignments(in 16 reviews)

  • "NSA pays their scientists a STEM bonus to keep them from leaving to private sector(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Agent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly Respected, Great Pay, Excellent Benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-08-26
  2. "Great Career"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, challenging, satisfying, and rewarding

    Cons

    Administrative burdens and long hours

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2020-02-12
  3. "Salaris"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Its a great opportunity to see another world.

    Cons

    Not a lot at home.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2020-02-04
  4. "The Best When It Counts"

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    Former Employee - Field Office EM 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most impressive Law Enforcement agency on the planet. Capable of doing serious and deep investigations. Capable of immense resources and response to those investigations that matter to the organization.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy, sometimes things won't change for a variety of reasons most of which are outside of your realm of control.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2020-01-15
  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Important mission and a fulfilling career

    Cons

    Sometimes there are long and unpredictable hiurs

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-11-30
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great career"

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    Current Employee - SSA 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Is there anything better than the mission?

    Cons

    Low ceiling for salary potential

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-11-17
  7. "strong employeer"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, salary and secured job

    Cons

    furloughs; glass ceilings; hard to move from job to job or agency to agency

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-11-09
  8. "People you work with makes all the difference"

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Counsel 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Travel, benefits, prestige, salary, important mission

    Cons

    Para military, managerial variance, little performance feedback, training deficiencies, political pressure

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-11-18
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Special Agent"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Opportunity to be part of high-profile investigations, kind of matters that you read on the front page of a newspaper. * Opportunity to use cool techniques/technologies to gather information to further your cases.

    Cons

    * Mediocre management (especially mid-level) at best. Part of the issue is that most mid-to-high level supervisors have little or no private sector experience or proper management training. Most are career government (civilian or former military). And government is not known for churning out good business leaders. Bureau is a government organization, but it is not much different than a big corporate behemoth. Issues at the team/squad-level are not much different than a those experienced within a corporate team. But supervisors have no clue how to deal with them. * Poor technology infrastructure. It is 2019. Everything runs on a tech backend. You can’t further investigations without using a tech. Bureau has the tools. But they are poorly built/maintained. If you want to remember what tech was like back in 2000, join the Bureau. * Poor and burdensome internal processes. Agents or other investigators shouldn’t spend hours dealing with unnecessary admin matters. Even something as simple as a travel request takes an unnecessary amount of time. Learn something from the private sector. * 80/20 rule - 20% of the workforce does the real work while the rest don’t contribute at best or slow you down at worst.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-11-06
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great for agents, but Analyst should look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time

    Pros

    Mission is great and working for the FBI has some prestige.

    Cons

    Analysts were mostly former secretaries and viewed as support. Good for a year for the experience, but other agencies offer better opportunities.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-10-07

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