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Christopher Wray
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "Best law enforcement agency in the world(in 18 reviews)

  • "Protecting the American people and the Constitution is a great mission(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours; sometimes dangerous assignments(in 14 reviews)

  • "NSA pays their scientists a STEM bonus to keep them from leaving to private sector(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (6)

    "An amazing place to work with the best, most focused people, and a unique mission"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Make a difference and understand how the world really works.

    Cons

    Intense experience, can be hard to balance personal and professional lives.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2018-07-22
  2. "Serve your country"

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      Former Employee - Supervisory Special Agent 

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

      Pros

      Awesome team to work with!

      Cons

      Political agenda cancer has entered into the esteemed agency.

      Advice to Management

      Go back to old school truth and justice and win back the hearts of Americans who depend on the FBI to always do it right.

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-05-13
    • "Special Agent"

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      Current Employee - Special Agent in Florence, SC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Awesome, challenging and rewarding career with a great salary and benefits.

      Cons

      Nothing negative to report. You would not regret working for the FBI!

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-05-12
    • "IT Basics"

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      Current Employee - IT Specialist 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Learn good overview of Network management

      Cons

      Centralized Network management. Few opportunities to work in higher tiers of network management roles

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-05-10
    • "Life as an Analyst"

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      Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst 

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time

      Pros

      Resume booster for sure.

      Cons

      Hard to leave. The private sector pays much more and is very competitive money wise. Anyone can get in the FBI as long as they can pass a polygraph and background check. The Analyst role is ok but can really suck depending what squad and threats you are assigned. Also what office makes a huge difference. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re fresh out of college or older And have a rich spouse.

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-05-03
    • "FBI Senior Agent"

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      Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Very rewarding from a professional point of view.

      Cons

      Can be very stressful due to type of work.

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-04-30
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Place to Work"

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      Current Employee - Computer Forensic Examiner 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Wonderful place to work with a lot of job satisfaction

      Cons

      Limited options for advancement unless you are an Agent. Other agencies have more opportunities for their professional staf

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-04-08
    • "Great Career"

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      Current Employee - Special Agent 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      You have a chance to make a difference

      Cons

      It is a large government organization so it is political

      Advice to Management

      Believe in your employees and encourage creativeity

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-04-12
    • Helpful (3)

      "FBI Computer Scientist is a Dream Job"

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      Current Employee - Computer Scientist 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      - Computer Scientist (CS) is far and away the best job in the Bureau. - Unlike Agents, CS's can choose their office, aren't forced to retire early, get to work on every type of case in the office, receive the best technical training out of any job in the entire Bureau (even better than Agents), and because there are so few per office and almost no one who can do what they do, they are usually treated like a precious...

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      Cons

      - 7yr up or out for line supervisors is stupid. More often than not, the best supervisors ride out until theyre demoted while the average or below average ones move up. Leadership / climate surveys seem to have no effect on promotion potential and bad leaders are never demoted. - NSA pays their scientists a STEM bonus to keep them from leaving to private sector. FBI has been authorized this bonus for years but hasn't...

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      Advice to Management

      - More civilian Unit Chief positions. - Less OST's. - GS14 for civilian supervisors (many are 13 unless in a huge office with large span of control, but an SSA of 0-3 people is still a 14+25% ). - Get off your butts with the STEM pay. - Reclass all non-senior FE's as DOS, and they are embedded with squads doing imaging and low-level analysis. Anyone who wants to become CART must meet the senior FE requirements,...

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      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-04-04
    • "Do work"

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      Current Employee - Staff Operations Specialist in Seattle, WA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Travel, learning the insides of the bureau, being involved with cases that make an impact

      Cons

      lots of paperwork, poor leadership

      Advice to Management

      LEAD.... don't just manage.

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-04-07
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