Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Employee Reviews about "law enforcement"

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  • "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
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Greatest Job in the World

      Feb 24, 2019 - SSA in Newark, NJ
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      Pros

      Premier law enforcement agency in the world.

      Cons

      none at this time, thanks

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Mid-level Intelligence Analyst

      Nov 4, 2020 - Intelligence Analyst in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Hard to find more meaningful work. Can have a significant impact on local, regional, national, and global law enforcement efforts. Protect people.

      Cons

      Limited growth potential. Limited options for movement/transfers.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      The Best When It Counts

      Jan 15, 2020 - Field Office EM 
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      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.

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Investigative Specialist

      Nov 15, 2018 - Investigations Specialist in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Best law enforcement agency in the world.

      Cons

      Work load can be very demanding.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      FBI Special Agent

      Sep 9, 2018 - Supervisory Special Agent in New Orleans, LA
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      Pros

      Highly professional law enforcement agency. Diverse opportunity. Excellent training. High morale and comradery.

      Cons

      Often requires relocation. Long hours.

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Bureaucratic, poor front line leadership without seasoned case experience

      Nov 20, 2016 - Special Agent in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits, interesting mission at times, talented motivated field agents protecting the country (the majority of of front line supervisory agents do not fall in this category). I've worked in the field on both the national security and criminal fronts have served with some inspiring Agents; however, one thing most Agents can agree on and can be overheard venting their frustrations at is the poor front line management (not executive level).

      Cons

      Full disclosure, this job is nothing like the movies. Lots of paperwork. Lots of workplace gossip and rumors. Lots of restrictions. Additionally, a bad supervisor can turn a great assignment into an awful one and there's a disturbing trend that the Agents that can't hack it in the field or are just lazy, seek administrative supervisory leadership roles. This directly impacts you as the Agent because they rate you, review your cases, and are your initial approval authority. As someone who served in the military and local law enforcement, the FBI has some of the worst front line supervisors I have ever seen. I've seen motivated, talented, and experienced Field Agents get side-lined or worse have a supervisor seek to undermine their reputation because they didn't align with their boss. If you have are independent hard charging motivated individual, this is not the organization for you. Stay in the private sector, local law enforcement, or military.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Disillusioning Reality of working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

      Jan 4, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Individuals are wowed when you state you've worked for the FBI, but it's not the organization the general public is lead to believe.

      Cons

      - Widespread discrimination and unchecked abuse of authority from upper management law enforcement and supervisors. - Upward mobility is predominantly granted to family members and friends rather than those most qualified for the promotions. - Promotional Fidelity is granted to family members and friends of upper management and supervisors. - Bravery is endured by employees who are wrongfully accused and undergo years of the FBI's Disciplinary Internal Investigation Process, as a result of false accusations from upper management law enforcement and supervisors. - Integrity, strong moral principles, honesty, and rectitude are not synonymous with this agency. - Intimidation, abuse of power, violence at the workplace, sexual harassment, and unsafe working environment are prevalent within the organization. - Upper management law enforcement agents are allowed to lie under oath and non-punitive actions are taken in comparison to support employees. - Promotions, awards, and recognition's are granted predominantly to family and friends of upper management and supervisors who lack proper training and education. - Hard working productive employees are penalized with more work in comparison with employees who do the bare minimum and get away with it due to favoritism.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Special Agent

      May 9, 2015 - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Excellent position, outstanding work. You will feel like you are contributing to the security of the nation, and that's because you do. The FBI is the best mixture of an intelligence and law enforcement agency. You can literally pick your path and your job.

      Cons

      I genuinely cannot think of many cons. You have to be willing to move and to travel, some people find that to be a hardship, but I do not.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Duration of the Application Process for the FBI

      Aug 6, 2015 - FBI Special Agent in Omaha, NE
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      Pros

      Director James B. Comey is a tremendous leader and is just what the FBI needed to restore agency moral and integrity. Mr Comey is NOT a politically driven leader but rather an unbiased, honorable leader of one of the most admired law enforcement agencies in the world. He has the respect and admiration of many FBI employees.

      Cons

      The duration required to complete all phases of the application process for the FBI is extensive, often taking months to complete. The FBI has lost a number of excellent Special Agent candidates due to the duration of the hiring process, from Navy Seals to Engineers. Folks who are in need of a job right out of college or leaving the military can't wait around for months to determine whether or not they are going to be hired.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      S.A.

      Nov 5, 2015 - Field Office Manager, Legal Advisor in Orlando, FL
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      Pros

      Good organization with deep ethical concepts that are not always implemented when dealing with organized crime and narcotics organizations. If you are seriously motivated in the fight against crime its a great place to be due to the resources and equipment that is at your disposition.

      Cons

      Task Force investigations do not have any participation of Intelligence agencies that are masterminding other goals and that are not necessarily in agreement with the fight against drugs and weapons. Said items are sold to keep other endeavors in existence in other parts of the world behind the back of Law Enforcement in existence in America.

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