Overall Reviews at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
SOS | New York, NY | Aug 25, 2018
FBI Analyst vs SOS
I am currently an FBI SOS (Staff Operations Specialist). I was offered the IA (Intelligence Analyst) but turned it down to keep my SOS position. The difference is that a SOS does TACTICAL analysis and research, whereas an IA reviews trends and other reporting in their Area of Responsibility (AOR). I am glad I chose the SOS position. (As a side note, I know of two other SOSs who declined the IA spot and chose to keep their SOS position).
The IA on my squad reads reporting all day and then compiles a report based on those reports. Snooze....zzzz....I would hate that. Now when you want a deep dive into a subject (where you get paid to be a cyber sleuth/stalker) you ask the SOS. The SOS is your social media researcher and general all purpose analyst.
Sadly, the SOS only goes to a grade 12 and an IA goes to a grade 13. There is talk of eventually moving the SOS up an additional grade, but that can be a ways off. The FBI field offices love the SOS position and collectively the FBI is asking for an additional 500 SOS positions to grow the SOS cadre. Its tough for some IAs, who thought they would be doing tactical analysis, to watch all the tactical inquiries being handed off to the SOS.
In the beginning, the intel positions were created post 9/11 to address the urgent need for organized intelligence collection with a structure that assured sharing with other law enforcement bodies. The SOS position was thought of as an entry level position, aka a stepping stone to the I...more
Special Agent | United States | Jul 27, 2018
Not a Job but a Career Choice
I was a Special Agent for over 27 years. I found the Bureau to be everything I could have asked for in a law enforcement career. It was often times stressful filled with long work hours and I was transferred 5 times all around the country. As a Special Agent who worked primarily criminal investigations, I really felt that I was able to help protect people and make a positive contribution to our country. Almost everyday was exciting and different. As long as you demonstrate you are competent, a self-starter, and are able to obtain results, management for the most part stays out of your way. There are downsides to the job which cannot be overlooked. The job can be very stressful from having so much responsibility and you can potentially get into a lot of trouble based on what you did or didn't do in an investigation. If you work criminal matters, you at some point will find yourself in a life threatening situation. You will work long hours and be on call every day dependent on what is happening in your investigations or in the investigations being conducted by your peers. More than likely you will be transferred at least 2x in your career. Mine included varied places like New Mexico, Michigan, Texas, and FBIHQ. Although tough on the family, I found being transferred to be one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. In conclusion, the Bureau is a great place to work and there is a niche for everyone from criminal investigators, intelligence agents, HRT operators, to pilots et...more
ProsExciting Work, Challenging Work, Meaningful Work
ConsLong Work Hours, Transfers, Dangerous Situations, Stressful
salary and funding scapegoat | San Juan, PR | Sep 18, 2018
the police state praetorians
full of paranoid often abusive of national security letters agents,the FBI is perfect for personalities that lack a sense of own personality,sense of self and accomplishment.most of the agents feel an adrenaline rush of superiority investigating cases that never lead to any conviction. color of law is common and group thinking while investigating potential "threats". the FBI agent lacks a sense of individuality regarding ethical issues dealing with a civilians privacy or civil rights. a common joke is this one " you gotta crack some eggs to make an omelette" most of the "preventive" surveillance done on "lone wolf" profiles are highly antagonistic and at the end,they criminalize this character trait that in essence may be just lonely people who have done nothing wrong but having a traumatic life that these privileged agents have never experienced. if you just graduated college and are looking for a place where "justice" is dealt with,the FBI is note the place!, study law and specialize in injury law,that practice is more ethical and fair that these band of "hero and action" guys.or better yet,start a small business,there is more honor in that that working for this ever watchful in paranoia, ego trippers!
Prosyou get a shiny badge to show off to mom and pops and your friends
Consyou get to work with stupid guys with a lot of power, sounds temptinmg right? you may be the one!
Examiner | Clarksburg, WV | Mar 26, 2019
Horrible place to work
If you were not an back side kisser you did not advance . I mean as in pay raise or anything. It wasn't based on your performance it was based on who ya know and other things. And God for bid if you have to use FMLA for a family member who is ill or yourself. That is an Act that was put in play by the President of the United States. But if you even invoke it one time. You are blackballed at the FBI. And eventually they try to find a way to terminate you even if it is for Wrongful Termination or Discrimination against an illness. They are famous for terminating sick people unless you're in that back side kissing group or you have cancer and your hair is falling out then they have proof you're really sick. Otherwise, they think they're all doctors. Wouldn't recommend somebody I hated to work there. Management is not trained AT ALL , talks to people awful (even cussed them, lies, steals government property, gets DUIs in Government vehicles, comes to work drunk and still has a job. They fire sick people and keep people who commit terrorist threats on the employees and the FBI Police .
ProsWork you do is easy, good benefits
ConsToo many to list
Telecommunications Manager | Indianapolis, IN | Jan 11, 2019
A typical day at work
The Day started with a short meeting with all technicians and high priority work was reassigned top of work day list.
Each technician was assigned job tasks for the whole week along with any high prority added each day.
Types of tasks of work assigned.
1) Alarm systems installation and repair, to include PIRs, contacts, panels and keypads and connections to networks
2) CCTV cameras, cabling, and tied to recorders and montors to include connection to networks
3) radio programming to include P-25 narrowbandind and trucking
4) Base station, moblie and portable radio, repeaters systems. To include antennas, repeater installation and site repair. Was a state wide system connected to network which connected all sites to backroom equipment, which then connected to the dispatch console.
5) mantained, installed, repaired the. WAN and Lan networks for all FBI building in the state
ProsYou get to work for a company the keeps america safe
ConsCan be high stress a times and to have to have great people skills
Special Agent | Richmond, VA | Jan 13, 2019
Interesting, rewarding, fast paced protection for the country
There is no typical day. One moment you could be checking backgrounds on subjects and the next, heading 4 hours away to assist with a kidnapping.
I've learned there are more applications to a college degree than most people ever realize.
Management is an evolving and interactive process. Most of the management has been great. The managers that are not supportive are identified quickly and reassigned to a non-management position.
Most personnel are proud of their job and contributions to protect the country. The work ethic is top notch.
The hardest part of the job is keeping personal emotions out of the professional performance.
The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing your team helped someone that needed justice, received justice, and most likely will never know how many people and resources were employed to see the job done.
ProsThe FBI is a globally recognized law enforcement organization of excellence.
ConsNot everyone is a friend of law enforcement.
Special Agent | United States | Apr 23, 2019
Not all it's cracked up to be.
Being a special agent is mostly an administrative job. The organization places stronger emphasis on reports than performing investigative tasks. Nothing happens without the authorization of 3 or 4 supervisors leading to missed opportunities. Taking initiative on investigative duties is not something promoted by the organization. Those that take initiative, ask questions, or question supervisors are marginalized and immediately isolated leading to a cowed worforce. Your cases are not really yours to investigate. The political climate, especially now, is very fragile so be prepared to play the politics game. Speaking out is frowned upon. Some leaders are great to work with, some are horrible with no in between.
ProsThe mission is extremely important.
ConsBad leadership, lack or transparency, too political, organization cares more about itself than its employees.
Unit Assistant | Washington, DC | Jun 8, 2018
Fast-paced and hurried approach in problem-solving
Strategic planning to resolve space management issues for workforce to workspace or workplace.
Learning how to adapt and align with the culture to meet the mission requirements.
Management is reactive to the needs versus master planning based on past precedence or quantitative knowledge.
The workplace culture appears to thrive organizationally by communicative and collaborative efforts. It also proves to know the right people to move successfully in your personal career advancement.
Non-communications from senior executive management and leadership in addressing how the mission addresses the long-term vision of the enterprise.
ProsThe prestige of the FBI and the Professionalism
ConsAgent personnel having the Professional staff not equipped to meet the support requirement
Analyst | Washington, DC | Jan 20, 2020
Lack of Diversity and Advancement
The FBI lacks diversity in management. People have expressed concerns about this but nothing has changed. The FBI fully represents the "good old boys club" ie old white men. Executive management is full of old white men. After a couple of years working at the FBI there is a ceiling you will hit and its hard to get past. Its also hard to break into a new career path in the FBI. Hard to get experience in other things when they won't even give you the opportunity to do so. The climate of the FBI is also changing. Majority of the FBI is moving to Huntsville. Alot of people are quitting and retiring due to this. The FBI has plans to move more and more people down to the Huntsville over the next couple of years. Therefore, no job is safe to stay in the Washington DC area.
Senior Resident Engineer | Providence, RI | Mar 9, 2019
Greatest place I've ever worked. Extremely challenging and fulfilling.
No day is every the same. Very dynamic environment with many variables and time sensitive demands that require decisiveness and effective decision making and coordination of limited and shared resources with external partners. Great culture that promotes team work and strong comradery. The hardest part of the job is trying to be involved with all the great work being done by good people, there's just too many. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with so many good people doing great work and being part of something bigger that has such a significant impact on national security and on the quality of life in the communities that are in our jurisdiction.