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Good work life balance
Investigator (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 18, 2019
Good place to work in the national Capital region. Great pay and benefits. There are many options for career progression for sworn and civilian positions.
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5.0
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great place to work
pfc (Former Employee) –  VirginiaFebruary 18, 2019
.spent almost 30 years on force. worked s-3, c2- comm-2 and retired out of patrol div . you will find people you do not like at any job but thats the way life rolls.got good retirement, health benefits and life insur..was under civil service.
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4.0
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Productive working environment
Workers' Compensation Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 5, 2018
While working as a contractor and being trained as a workers compensation assist I enjoyed the learning process and templates on what to do in the event you get hurt on the job. Very informative.
Pros
Excited about training
Cons
Not able to continue the training
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3.0
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Great Pay and Benefits, Difficult Schedules
Police Officer/Command Center Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 21, 2018
Good place to work if you are okay with difficult schedules. 8 hour shifts with a lot of overtime. Work most holidays. Lots of leave, but can be hard to get scheduled.
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3.0
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Great Department, Poorly Managed
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 13, 2018
Great department with plenty of room to advance for those ambitious enough to pursue it. However it quickly becomes evident that many of the other officers do not care about their job, and the chief does not put the best foot forward.
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5.0
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POLICE OFFICER-PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 10, 2018
You're a number on a piece a paper; not a name or person. But if you go in knowing that, you can make as much money as you want. Don't expect vacation time to get approved, and don't you dare call in sick...
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2.0
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Excellent salary and benefits, poor retirement and upper management
20+ yr officer/ supervisor, very happily retired. (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 14, 2018
Worked there over 20 years. Pros- Good salary. Had a lot of diverse assignments. The opportunities are there if you don't abuse your sick leave, apply yourself, do what you're supposed to do.
Cons- Bad retirement. Forget getting holidays off, you will be required to work the majority of them. Leave is hard to get. The whiners go to the union and the union does nothing but try to make all management look bad. Moving up in rank isn't worth it. Salary is the only benefit to it. Too many headaches and most upper level managers are not fair or have favorites who get special treatment. Most of them just want to get higher in rank and use you. They take credit for your work or discipline officers/lower officials to try and make themselves look good to upper management by being seen as strict disciplinarians, regardless of whether or not it is right/justified. Department never accepts blame/responsibility for their mistakes. Holds people accountable for things that aren't even in policy. No one in upper management really cares about making things better or the officers needs. Rather force overtime than hire enough people.
Pros
Salary, opportunity for specialty assignments
Cons
Getting leave, working most holidays and poor upper level managment
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1.0
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Terrible Department
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 11, 2018
Management was terrible
Get in trouble for using sick leave regardless of doctors note or not
Officer's only care about themselves, loads of negativity
Upper management is above the law, they cover their backs
No organization whatsoever, you'll never know what is going on
Decent money, you can work yourself dead
Pros
Pay
Cons
Manegement, getting time off, job satisfaction
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4.0
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Some issues with management
Hazardous Materials Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 14, 2018
There were some issues with management within my unit. Easy work. High turnover, at least in my unit. Great environment to work in - the US Capitol.
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1.0
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Disappointing culture
Police Officer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 24, 2018
The USCP's management culture leaves a lot to be desired. The money is fantastic, but is not enough to overcome some of the downsides associated with the job.
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5.0
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Productive work place
Temporary Assignment through NRI Staffing (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 23, 2018
A typical day at work you have to be alert and prepared for almost anything to happen. They treat you like family. There is a lot of training available if you are up to the challenge.
Pros
free lunches and outtings
Cons
not enough open jobs for the public most jobs are in house
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4.0
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Promtions
K9 Sergeant / Bomb Technician (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 14, 2018
The promotion system and equality do not exist. There is no fair treatment for loyalty. The management has no interest in senior people and push them to the side.
Pros
Long Hours hard work
Cons
Boredem
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5.0
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Fulfilling career
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCJanuary 17, 2018
Great career and rewarding protecting members of congress and their family. Be part of history by insuring our government is protected and continues to operate. A law enforcement career like no other.
Pros
Great rewarding career
Cons
Working in the outdoor elements
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5.0
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A great place to work.
Sergeant (Criminal Investigations Section) (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 23, 2017
This is a great place work. It is very diverse. Many areas of law enforcement at the US Capitol Police that you can pursue to advance your career. Excellent benefits.
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4.0
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Fearless Five
Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 29, 2017
The Fearless Five were officers that had the duty of protecting the members of congress that were entering the senate floor for there duties. This assignment came with the added knowledge that the officer at the assigned post had to use the knowledge that if a mistake was made in recognize any member of both the House or Senate members or the staff that ware permitted to enter the chamber floor that you would have a great chance to be terminated. This was why they called us the Fearless Five.
Pros
Being able to recognize every member of congress and there staff
Cons
Being responsible if you did not.
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Capitol Police
Security Control Operator (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 29, 2017
Monitors all alarms, access control, and video security systems in the USCP Communications Section. Operates and monitors the intrusion detection, access control, Members' duress, digital video, and associated CCTV system and assessment systems, and related security equipment to provide area and visitor surveillance assessments. Maintains a security watch and safeguards covered areas by viewing and operating the CCTV
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5.0
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Rewarding workplace
Federal Law Enforcement Officer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 30, 2017
The capitol police is a solid organization that allows you the freedom and opportunity to experience many different divisions and or aspects of law enforcement.
Pros
competitive, rewarding, salary
Cons
advancement, sometimes culture
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3.0
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Glorified security officer
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 7, 2017
two steps above Wackenhut or Pinkerton. You had to answer to 537 bosses, both congressmen and senators, the command staff cared more about their own butts than anything else
Pros
None
Cons
The job sucked
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4.0
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Productive place to learn and work
CAPTAIN/COMMANDER (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCMay 23, 2017
Every day there is something new and challenging. The hardest part is getting through traffic to arrive on time. The most enjoyable part is meeting people of different cultures and experiences.
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4.0
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You have to know what you are getting into.
Police Officer, Sergeant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 30, 2017
Overall, the Department is a great place to work. People applying for the job have to understand from the beginning is that this is not a traditional police department. Although you attend some great training, the Department is more geared towards security work. That being said, you are still a Police Officer, and you are required to take action if necessary. Upon graduation from the academy, new officers will spend a couple of weeks with a training officer. Afterwards, you will be assigned to one of the Uniformed Divisions. Expect to work an x-ray machine and magnetometer, conduct building patrols, answer alarm calls and stand post outside in all types of weather. The pay and benefits are second to none. The retirement program is good, but start putting money into the Thrift Savings Plan (Government's 401k) as soon as you are hired.

The best part of the job is being present as history occurs.
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Pay and Benefits
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Work Schedule
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