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New York Police Department Reviews

Updated February 9, 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)

  • Low pay compared to other jurisdictions; can be a thankless job (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "NYPD review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    decent salary, benefits, can be exciting work

    Cons

    hours are terrible, not enough time to have social life. forced overtime on days off. summers are ruined. can at times be miserable

    Advice to Management

    longer shifts, less work days


  2. "School safety Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience, Benefits, money, learning the job, training materials, meeting new people, goals,

    Cons

    no unlimited sick, same umbrella as police officers but different rules for school, when we get hurt we have to use our own time,

    Advice to Management

    you can do better with handling situations and have more information on our job description


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Civilian Attorney at Legal Bureau - Ok Starter Job but No Future and Not a Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a good starter job (Agency Attorney) that with get you some basic legal experience out of law school. It has a standard government employee beginner salary and has very good medical benefits and paid vacation. It's a good starter position to get some legal experience. But it is a dead end job with no future if you stay.

    Cons

    This is essentially a dead end job. There is no future and once you get some experience you should be looking to leave and go somewhere else where there is potential to advance. The NYPD Legal Bureau is a political patronage factory where cronyism rules. Pretty much all the supervisors are related to either high ranking police officials, city officials, or each other. They create fake supervisory positions to give their friends and family jobs where these people do no work. No matter how hard you work or how much you know, you will never move up in this organization unless you have the political connections.

    Advice to Management

    Take some actual interest in doing your job and developing some basic competence. The Legal Bureau is filled with "managers" who know nothing about practicing law or their role as an attorney for the NYPD and essentially sit in their offices all day doing nothing and having the new attorneys do all the work for them. They have no interest in their work or anything other than getting over.


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  5. "Criminalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and paid time off compared to some other companies and there is generally overtime available.

    Cons

    Stressful and often hostile work environment. Very difficult to maintain a decent work/life balance. Extremely limited career advancement opportunities.


  6. "Staff Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Staff Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work in various departments.

    Cons

    Most promotions are only by citywide testing, not by merit.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect WHILE YOU HAMMER THE PUBLIC."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Police Officer
    Former Employee - Senior Police Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Police Department full-time

    Pros

    Great vacation days after 5 years. Room for advancement by testing your way up the chain. A job that truly is never the same day to day and will always keep you on your feet. Opportunity to make a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Forced/Threatened into meeting their quota system or punished with unfavorable assignments and negative evaluations if you resist their "performance goals". Favoritism and rewards to cops that probably shouldn't even be wearing the shield to begin with because they go out and hammer everyone they see with tickets and/or arrests. The stress of being a cop 24/7 and having your life under the microscope of internal affairs / inspections / Integrity Control Officer / Federal Probing / DA's office and now I believe Department of Investigations get's a pick at us too. Being thrown to the wolves (Suspended/Modified Assignment or maybe even termination) for doing your job in good faith. Negative all around atmosphere in the street for the Police. Lack of appreciation from management and the public for the job cops do out on the street.

    Advice to Management

    Stop scraping the bottom of the barrel. Raise New York's Finest salary to a competitive one so that you can recruit and retain quality officers that want to do Police work and are in it for the right reasons. PUNISH your SGT's, LT's, CPT's and INSPECTORS as hard as you like to punish cops for violating laws in relations to QUOTA'S in summonses and arrests. Stop and take a look at all the good cops leaving your department because of your broken COMPSTAT which couldn't compute actual crime and or real arrests if it hit it in the face. Stop trying to replace good old fashion policing with computers and cell phones and put your money into the salaries that are needed to retain good cops. Look at the integrity of your supervisors and they way they rate their subordinates. You want to promote community relations? Give cops back their discretion and stop awarding those that should be reprimanded and terminated. Back up your cops when they act in good faith and don't throw them to the wolves because of political pressure from the top. God Bless the NYPD.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sergeant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary is high considering the educational requirements are 60 credits for entry-level police officers.
    Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
    Zero cost health insurance for certain plans.

    Cons

    Holiday and weekend work
    Little structure for talent or career management.
    Nepotism
    Hostile management and political structure.
    Patrol work in unsafe work conditions and scant resources allocated to patrol.
    Rampant cheating on promotional exams due to Saturday test day exemptions religious or military excusals.

    Advice to Management

    Use better HR/Talent Management Systems to better utilize police officers with advanced experience. (I.E. I knew an Army Ranger who was doing patrol in the Bronx, why not use his skill in ESU? )
    End quotas.
    End nepotism/cronyism that puts unqualified people in "details."
    Rotate "inside" people back out to the street every 2 years so that they understand street policing.


  9. "Admin ops"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and a stepping stone for becoming a pilice officer.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work if you have a probl with followimg rules.

    Advice to Management

    Managment is a position where you have to remember 2 things 1 you become a leader and all eyes are on you. And 2 what goes up must come down so dont ever forget where you came from and how you treat people because the people you meet when walking up the ladder may be the same ones you need when walking back down.


  10. "Criminalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience--you will see many cases. The volume is there

    Cons

    Short-sighted leadership at times and it is difficult to advance because it is a big lab.

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to develop their own work strategies


  11. "Detective, Investigator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pension, good benefits, great co-workers, and an opportunity to excel and advance your career with hard work and determination. I am proud to be a member of this agency.

    Cons

    It is not always easy to move up, this agency is all about who you know to advance your career. Become a supervisor, take tests and move up the ranks via civil service exams. There is lots of nepotism in the NYPD, but if you have a good personality, work with others well, and have a good work ethic you can still excel. Sometimes it is very hard to balance work with family obligations due to heavy work load and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Defend your employees, they put their lives on the line everyday. Positive management methods works better than negative methods. Morale is not very good right now across the entire agency.



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