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New York Police Department Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  • Sometimes it is very hard to balance work with family obligations due to heavy work load and long hours (in 8 reviews)

  • If you can follow orders and you have bad work ethics, and bad habits in your personal life this is not the job for you (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Police officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Highly Decorated Police Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Highly Decorated Police Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can save lives. Doing something important. Develops desipline and experience u can utilize in retirement. Become a PI or Body Guard or armed guard.

    Cons

    Unbelievable level of both great cops doing great police work and lazy ones nearly doing none. Favoritism towards lazy cops often happens and a lot of desrimnation against great cops.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be so over on how to hire and train large segment of bosses. Only great cops should be promoted. Lazy ones should not be allowed as they will try to influence you to be a zero like them.


  2. "I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Detective in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Detective in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pension deferred compensation, overtime opportunities. You can retire in 22 years and start another career. If you are willing to study you can become a supervisor.

    Cons

    Toxic Leadership; supervisors will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat. Pressure to make arrests and write summonses; supervisors will not back you up but they expect you to be active.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your people and support them


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Police Communications Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, earn night differential if working "graveyard shift", good benefits, good retirement plan. A few supervisors are nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Not a very nice environment to work in. Most supervisors were always angry and on some kind of power trip, difficult to get any help or information from them. MANDATORY overtime, anywhere from 4 to 8 hours and you are usually told just as your tour (shift) ends and you're packing up to leave. They actually tell you"sit back down, your being held". Very tense, angry, extremely high-stress environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find a better way to decide who becomes a supervisor. Not just on the basis of longevity and a test. Some of these supervisors really seem to have intense personality disorders. They are the main reason calltakers are unhappy and do not want to report to work.


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  5. "Dont become an auxiliary officer"

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    Current Employee - Auxiliary Police Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Auxiliary Police Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    interacting with community, riding cop cars WAYYY LATER ON IN YOUR CAREER

    Cons

    you volunteer your work for FREE, and they have they nerve to say you're late, writing you up for stuff like wearing your uniform wrong, yelling at you etc... I mean you are giving your TIME for FREE, why you do treat it like we are paid 50k a year? I quit my time as a volunteer officer. You walk all around for 5 hours and break your back and get nothing in the end. Being in the auxiliary means nothing, you dont even get a bump in the police hire process.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "NYPD, every steroetype is true."

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    Current Employee - Sergeant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sergeant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The NYPD retirement package is hard to beat. Employees are given a defined benefit of 50% of their final salary or the best average of three consecutive years, all of which is payable if an employee retires on their 20 year anniversary.. Additionally, each year retirees are given a $12000 holiday check. Complimenting this is a well run defined contribution program consisting of 457h, 401k, and the ability to invest into the pension program which provides a guaranteed 8.25% return. Additionally, the NYPD allows for purchases of goverment EE and I bonds, directly withdrawn from bi-weekly pay. Medical and other health coverage is offered free to employees using GHI or HIP of NY health coverage. Employees are also granted a very nice vacation package consisting of 27 vacation days which is often, depending upon assignment, accompanied by up to 25 additional days, termed "chart" days. Although most police personnel work each holiday, they receive compensation annually whether you work these holidays or not. The NYPD provides its employee with free and unlimited access to mass transit (MTA, LIRR, MetroNorth).

    Cons

    Most employees work each holiday and often work overnight or part of their days off. Often, the needs of the Department come before an employees choice of work location which could mean assignment or unanticipated transfers to Precincts far from home, extending the daily commute. Department training is less than ideal and primarily consist of watching videos to familiarize officers with crime trends. There are few options to have hands-on training or work alongside an expert to gain valuable experience. There is no financial incentive to pursue education and the NYPD does not provide any compensation or choice assignment for individuals with advanced degrees. Moreover, senior management is primarily chosen from individuals with longevity or are part of the "good-ol' boys" club rather than technical or tactical competence. Do not expect the NYPD to resemble a meritocracy. Promotions are limited to the timing of the civil service exams. Lateral movement is quite limited and transfers between Bureaus (Transit, Housing, Patrol, Detective) is fairly difficult. Civil service law makes firing unproductive employees difficult and so many Officers are minimum-output employees. Most Officers are assigned to perform relatively easy tasks which do not challenge the employee or entail technical skills; something which can lead to boredom.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize the personnel transfer system to allow employees to seek employment in locations where they can provide the maximum benefit to the public. Provide incentives for higher education and reward such achievements. Mandate advanced degrees in order for promtion to senior management positions. Redesign training programs to include testing of the newly acquired skills and enforce the pass/fail standard. Currently, Officers rarely fail and their skills arent tested. Retraining individuals who fail, something which currently never happens, would be a good first step toward increasing the level of competence Department-wide.


  7. "glad that i got the experience but too stressful and draining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    helping nyc people in emergencies

    Cons

    soo many MANDATED overtime
    no social life
    overwhelming radio dispatching


  8. "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Our old commissioner Dr Friedan

    Cons

    Management and commissioner only worry about minority

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Police Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Steady Paycheck, Guaranteed Vacation, Health Benefits + Pension

    Cons

    Terrible Schedule, Mandatory Overtime, Lack of Family Personal Life, Endless hours of standing around not knowing when your shift will end, Pressure to issue summonses (quota), Miserable morale, Dealing with Society at its worst

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that management can/will do to save the job


  10. "Police Communication Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Having a union job so they can't fire you on a whim

    Cons

    Everything else. The atmosphere and management.

    Advice to Management

    None. You make suggestions you get brought up on charges.


  11. "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pension and benefits. The salary is great plus overtime is paid

    Cons

    Too many to list. There needs to be more training on how to treat other people better

    Advice to Management

    Needs to revise many things


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