Retired Police Officer (Former Employee), Atlanta, GA – March 2, 2013
Pros: the ability to earn extra income
Cons: always being evaluated in the public eye
A typical day as a supervisor started with marking work assignment for your employees, inspecting employees uniforms and equipment, communicating information to employees and managing employees. The hardest part of the personatilies in a professional manner. The most enjoyable part of the job was leading by example.
Police Officer (Former Employee), Atlanta ga – November 28, 2012
Cons: easy to get complained on
A typical work day consist of 20 911 calls a day but you will get alot of experience. Your co-workers make a difference because they are very fun to be around. The down fall of the job is the citizens making complaints and internal affairs investigating, but the most enjoyable part is your co-workers and the friends you find.
not the place to work if you want to make a difference
support service (Current Employee), Atlanta, GA – July 21, 2012
Cons: intimidating or hostile work environment, low pay, no pay for performance.
Despite all the p.r. APD has their recruiting unit spread, there is no denying this is a miserable place to work. Management works to advance its on goals, employees be damned. Lack of communication is rampant throughout the organization, it is common practice to hear information through the grape vine or local news rather than superiors. In fighting – more... is used to control employees, keeping civilians fighting against sworn, officers against Sargent and so on. Discipline is only handed out to those that bring outside scrutiny. As long as bad behavior goes unnoticed outside the units or department as a whole. When disciplinary action is taken it is spread evenly amongst the innocent and guilty. As anyone can image this is a great moral builder. Do not expected good work to go unpunished, for those that excel in their job function their is no promotion. Employees that are considered assets are kept on a short leash and blocked from promotion. Those that excel at doing lack luster work or shriek their duties can expect promotion up the ranks. Expected to have another job to make ends meet,most employees work "extra jobs " simply out of necessity. Base pay is quickly chipped away by inflated pension contributions 14%+, healthcare expense 50% contribution, and your regular federal taxes. We do not contribute to social security. If you come here to work except to spend more time in uniform and away from your family and friends than any other department. APD considers not the life nor health mental or physical, nor does it value its employees. As our current mayor has said on air police employees are replaceable in this economic climate. – less
Good Department with decent compensation and benefits
Presently Explosive Canine Handler (Current Employee), Atlanta, GA – May 14, 2012
Pros: great opportunity for advancement.
Cons: none too great to mention.
I have been able to move around the department to units that I desired. This is due to my work ethic and their faith in me to get the job done. I have worked with great people and had an outstanding career.
911 dispatcher (Former Employee), atlanta, ga – December 27, 2011
Pros: great starting pay and benefits
Cons: hours, stress
Pay and benefits are excellent. The only downfall is that pay raises dont come often as they are supposed to due to mismanagement of government funds. Lets just say at 22 years old I bought my first house and car when my own parents did not have one. Worked there for many years, built great relationships. Just be prepared for crazy hours and a heavy – more... workload. The employees care about each other and treat each other as family. Not a perfect place, but it was a blessing while I had it and I am forever greatful for the opportunity. – less