New York Police Department Reviews

Updated Jan 9, 2021

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New York Police Department Commisioner William J. Bratton
William J. Bratton
87 Ratings
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  • "Dangerous employment , sometimes long hours(in 17 reviews)

  • "The organizational culture of the NYPD leaves a lot to be desired(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Best Detectives in the World"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Detective in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong Salary over 100K per year. Camaraderie. overtime, many departments to choose from.

    Cons

    Stressful job, can work weekends, public scrutiny

  2. "No bueno"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Rockaway Beach, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Proud to wear the uniform

    Cons

    Pay sucks, morale is low, leadership is rare, almost no quality of life

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  3. "Fast pace"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    The Pros is Discipline and for filling

    Cons

    It can be overwhelming while working with a 24 hour job

  4. COVID-19

    "Condescending Leadership"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Communications Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    -always overtime - consistent pay that grows each year -fulfilling to be able to help in the process of saving lives

    Cons

    - Techs are expected to treat customers with the utmost “CPR :Courtesy Professionalism and Respect” but are berated joked on and humiliated by their senior coworkers and leadership on a daily basis. It’s one thing to have tough skin for the caller who curse you out-that’s normal ; but to be dealing with covid family losses struggling to travel to work and then be demeaned by supervisors and Admin staff is a depressing existence.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "NYPD Salary"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Health Insurance is great. Pay after 5.5 years is good.

    Cons

    Forced overtime, Unpredictable schedule. Higher ups don't care much. Pay before 5.5 years is terrible.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "NYPD Police Officer"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience (good and bad)

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, animosity, changing schedules, low pay

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    "Police Officer"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Police Officer 

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent stability and benefits throughout

    Cons

    Very dangerous poor pay and mistreated

  8. "N"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NYPD Police Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    Job is still great , with opportunities throughout the department to do amazing things.

    Cons

    Politics. Pay is low for the first 5 years with the current contract .

  9. "Not really worth it."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Early retirement program if you are lucky to be eligible.

    Cons

    Stress, bad people, low salary, public hate.

  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "You and your family dont deserve this"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pension AFTER 25 years of service, it's no longer 20 and minimum is 22.5. Health insurance isn't the worst. Unlimited sick leave is necessary due to injuries incurred in the job like getting cut and wrestling people into cuffs who have communicable diseases, being spit on, corona virus exposure due to ha dling of doa's, prisoners, public, etc. You will be out and on medications for a period of time. Also injuries incurred on or off duty, etc. Its

    Cons

    Too many too share. The ones that stick out most: Nepotism. You will have more time than others whose father/brother/cousin put a word in and now they're off the street while you were the clown who was stuck cleaning up their job every shift. Worst training for the budget I've ever witnessed. Every training you will go to is nothing more than a check box to screw you over in court at a later date. No development that will make you competitive at other agencies. Expect this job to only gain you respect in title alone. Work/life balance - see nepotism above. If you dont know anyone, kiss your twenties goodbye. You'll be on mids or 4 bys and will be rotating 5 on 2 and 5 on 3. Have fun meeting people or taking classes when you're schedule moves up a day every other week. You'll also only have weekend off every 3 to 4 months. If having a family later on is your plan then good luck, you wont be meeting girls or boys in a normal schedule 8 months out of the year. Oversight. You are overseen by numerous control options, iab, ccrb, ico, etc. Everything you do is up for interpretation post fact or complaint, and with body cameras they will be up for review indefinitely. You are a walking liability and the city will not defend you, even if you work in good faith. You may have joined this job to help people but you're only helping ambulance chasers. It's like they tell you, you are a number and you are not special. You will hear this from supervisors at the academy and in your command. Work environment. Hostile on the best of days, life threatening on your worst. You will have days where you realize you signed up for a paycheck where gossip and friend groups matter more than your tactics and efficiency on the street. Make no mistake, it's not what you know but who you know. You will also be put into dangerous situations where you have to ask if it's worth your freedom and life to become involved. Today's environment is especially difficult to work in as an officer, and it shows no sign of reversing course anytime soon. Expect that at some point in your career you will be dissapeared off of street work because you did your job, and expect that gap to be 1 to 2 years, minimum. Professional development is non existant, unless you invest a decade into this org. Before that expect to buy your own better gear, certs, instruction, etc. Much like teaching, people expect you to invest in yourself. So you wont be working out on job time nor getting any decent training, nor get any reimbursement towards either. Theres a reason cops on this job get fat. You dont have to be fast or fit to be good at your job working here in the city of New York. Community relations are at an all time low, and as much as they would lime to blame pd for their multitude of muktige operational issues, the community refuses to police itself or proffer help to properly police itself effectively. You will be met by hostile crowds for doing nothing more than trying to keep the community safe. Never forget, theres at most 200 to 300 of you for every 100,000 to 200,000 citizens in your command. Good luck. Tier 3 contract compensation is trash. You start at 42,300 in the academy base and will be paid 49,000 base by 4.5 years. At 5 and a half you jump to 85,000. But that's 5 and half years of living in one of the top 10 most expensive cities on planet earth. Your vacation is also only 2 weeks for your first 3 years. 3 weeks T 4. 4 weeks at 5. 5 at 5 and half years and up. You are working yourself to the bone and showing up to work for a city that will not lay you a respectable wage or let you have time off for a respectable period. Please dont take this job. Theres of course more. But do your research. If you want to join up, do so, I can't make up your mind for you. But before you do, call a command or speak with an officer about their opinion of this career, try a ride along in an 'A' House for a week and realize that what you saw for a week is some peoples career for 20 plus years. And once again, please, don't join this career.

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