Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "law enforcement" Reviews | Glassdoor

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

Updated Feb 24, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

4.2
87%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
Approve of CEO
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)

  • "Best law enforcement agency in the world(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours; sometimes dangerous assignments(in 15 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

Reviews about "law enforcement"

Return to all Reviews
  1. "Greatest Job in the World"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSA in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Premier law enforcement agency in the world.

    Cons

    none at this time, thanks

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2019-02-24
  2. "Investigative Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Investigations Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Best law enforcement agency in the world.

    Cons

    Work load can be very demanding.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2018-11-15
  3. Helpful (2)

    "FBI Special Agent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Often requires relocation. Long hours.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2018-09-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Section Chief"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Section Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Premier Law Enforcement; Travel; Job Security; Pension

    Cons

    Salary Cap; no overtime; mobility

    Advice to Management

    Needs Diversity in Senior Executive Positions

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2018-01-26
  5. Helpful (1)

    "SSA"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSA 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

    Premier law enforcement and national security agency worldwide.

    Cons

    The FBI can verge on the bureaucratic but is working to change that.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2017-10-01
  6. "Special Agent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Buffalo, 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

    Finest law enforcement agency in the world. Get paid relatively good money to wear a badge and a gun and catch really bad people.

    Cons

    It's the federal government and all the bureaucracy that goes with it.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2017-06-18
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Bureaucratic, poor front line leadership without seasoned case experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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).

    Show More

    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.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Leadership makes or breaks an organization. Hire competent leaders who have been accomplished field agents that can lead through example, knowledge expertise.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2016-11-20
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected from the Premier Law Enforcement Agency"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Software Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than a year

    Pros

    Good part of DC close to restaurants and the metro station. Secure building and facilities.

    Cons

    Not what I expected from a premier law enforcement agency. Very antiquated mentality, old systems and ways of thinking.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2016-11-10
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Intelligence Analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    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.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2016-10-26
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Special Agent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Your pay is way more than any other law enforcement professional.

    Cons

    If you are expecting to see what is presented on TV you will be sorely disappointed. Most agents do not have action packed careers (unless sitting behind a desk is exciting to you). The FBI is dependent of out of date technology and local law enforcement partnerships in order to get anything done. If want you want is the prestige of being able to tell people you work for the FBI and collect a meaningless paycheck... then by all means join the Bureau but if your desire is to make a change in the world or protect people then you will feel more fulfilled by joining the red cross, becoming a teacher or being a local police officer.

    Show More
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)2016-11-12
Found 23 reviews