My last day as an investigator
Welp, the time has come, my last day as an investigator. Sideshowbob’s saga has come to and end.
Crazy to think that it’s already been almost 3 years since I started scouring this forum seeking answers to my questions about being an investigator.
That is why I’m writing this post, so I could share my experiences with those who are looking to get into this field eventually.
It’s been a unique experience, this is one of the jobs where you’re given some training and then just cut loose into the wild.
No office to go to, no set schedule, spending an entire afternoon in your undies, or on the road, every day has been different.
I’m currently staring at a rather large stack of business cards that I’ve accrued over the last 2 and a half years. Each one a little trophy of sorts.
It’s just crazy to think about all the people I’ve interviewed, from rocket scientists to actual delta force dudes and everything in between, I definitely learned a lot.
What I liked about the job:
Work from home/Setting your own schedule (no brainer)
Travel (I’ve been on quite a few TDY assignments in other states and I’ve been able to catch up with old friends and family that I haven’t seen in 10+ years).
Meeting really interesting people, some of them not so interesting.
Management was good (at least for me).
Pay and expense reimbursements were always on time.
What I disliked about the job:
Case reopens. The bane of every investigators existence. The worst part is, there are times where I would submit a case, and months would go by and I’m sitting here thinking everything must have been good to go, then BAM, that case gets sent back to me, 6 months after I sent it in.
Definitely annoying. It just sucked always feeling like you were doing something wrong.
On the few times I actually used vacation days, it was hard to relax knowing there would be reopens waiting for me as soon as I got back.
Why I’m leaving:
I haven’t had a raise in 2.5 years. I’ve been a level 1 this whole time. Even while producing at a level 2 - 3, I was never able to move up in levels because my “quality metric” was never good enough, I couldn’t get promoted unless I maintained quality above 85% for 3 consecutive months.
Even if I had two months above 85% and one at 84%, it still didn’t matter. I should have tried harder I guess.
I stopped caring and stressing about it after a while and just went back to producing the bare minimum for a level 1, especially after the bonus structure was modified and I went from receiving $1500 - $3000 per quarter to basically nothing.
Despite being a field trainer, completing numerous TDY assignments and working on 4 other contracts aside from DCSA, I still couldn’t land that level increase. I’m not trying to come off as disgruntled, I just really put in a lot work but couldn’t manage to get the pay to match.
Even before COVID-19 the workload was sparse, the future of this industry is too uncertain to consider staying.
The last two weeks there hasn’t been enough work, to the point where they have been forcing people to use PTO, just wasn’t worth worrying about.
I found a better opportunity in the security department for a local DoD contractor. Well, I don’t know if it will be better, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
I told myself that I would avoid an office job like the plague, but here we are. The new position pays a lot more than I’m making now, so I’ll suck it up and be grateful.
For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an investigator, I even loved it at times. I just couldn’t deal with the low pay anymore and the uncertainty regarding the future of the industry.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Best of luck to all the other investigators on here