Chicago Police Department Employee Reviews about "salary"
39% would recommend to a friend
(13 total reviews)
David O. Brown
20% approve of CEO
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- "Challenged by horrible current leadership that does not care about the overall well" (in 3 reviews)
- "Upper management is not chosen based on being the 'best candidate' for the job or promoted based on experience and leadership; rather they are selected based on political allegiances and loyalty." (in 3 reviews)
- "Long hours due to shortage of man power" (in 3 reviews)
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Updated Nov 2, 2023
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- 5.0Nov 24, 2008Police OfficerCurrent EmployeeChicago, IL
The salary offered by the police department is very competitive. It is difficult to find a job matching our salary without requiring at least a masters degree. Currently, only 2 years of college or 4 years of active duty military are required. The department also has tuition reimbursement for ALL college classes taken while employed by the city, even those not remotely related to law enforcement. For example, a final grade of an A is 100% reimbursement, B 80%, C 70%. The schedule can be tough on those that are used to working a 9-5 schedule, but the hours are not bad
As in any industry, sometimes those that get promoted are not the best candidates for the position. This is because promotions are given through testing and merit. Both have their drawbacks. Those who may score high on a test may be very book smart but possess no "street smarts," which is needed to work on the streets. Those that are promoted by merit are sometimes people who don't deserve a promotion, but have many connections to higher ups and clout that. Also, we do work crazy hours, weekends and holidays. New Year eve will almost always be spent at work2
- 4.0Jan 25, 2009DetectiveCurrent EmployeeChicago, IL
Having job stability is an important part of my career. In this time of economic crisis, it is reasurring that I will not be laid off.The benefits are pretty good. I can retire with a full pension at 29years with 75% of my salary. I don't think you will find that in private industry.
The department is very political. A significant amount a promotions are Merit (political).1
- 4.0Nov 30, 2021Police OfficerCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
Good medical insurance Lots of over time opportunities Starting salary is good Many different units Promotional opportunities Vacation/comp time / personal days can be valuable
Days off getting cancelled Poor leadership from the city Days off get cancelled frequently= forced OT 🤷♂️ Pension is being depleted Must live within Chicago Constant low morale Can be cliquish.
- 1.0Jan 10, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Very good starting salary which advances quickly. Benefits are good too. Many opportunities for advancement due to many retirements of aging work force. But you must test well.
Bad work conditions and public perception. Several policy changes that are making the job almost impossible and very unsafe. City does not support the Department and is constantly trying to deminish retirement benefits.1
- 1.0Jun 21, 2023Police OfficerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsChicago, IL
high salary compared to starting corporate salaries
very negative work culture. No incentive to work hard or over achieve
- 1.0May 21, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeChicago, IL
Offers great benefits and decent salary. Thankless but fulfilling job. Endless opportunities for lateral and upward advancement.
Difficult to build relationships in this day of age. Like with any job bad management and supervisors can lead to bad morale.
- 2.0Apr 3, 2021Police DetectiveCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsChicago, IL
Salary, Job Security, Ability to move to different units
Politics (On Job & Off), Residency Restrictions, Lack of Promotional Opportunities
- 4.0May 16, 2015Sergeant of PoliceCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsChicago, IL
freedom great benefits salary various locations to work the chance to make over time
not enough time off steady shifts more transparency in testing process.
- 3.0Jan 22, 2020LieutenantCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsChicago, IL
Able to help those in need. Good salary and Benefits.
High stress, politically motivated policies and promotions, media scrutiny