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Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very professional and get staff to work with!! Would love an opportunity of a career in this field.

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    Former Employee - Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities, professional based minded, and quality control and cleanliness is a great factor for running a sufficient facility.

    Cons

    none at the moment that is considered negative to me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Disappointing experience: poor management and unqualified personnel

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, job stability, work/life balance

    Cons

    Unqualified and lazy personnel, hands-off management, toxic work environment, no promotion potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend to managers that they actually supervise employees and hold them accountable for their work and actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The agency has been on the brink of failure every day for 22 years in my experience.

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    Current Employee - Senior Officer Specialist in Leavenworth, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Officer Specialist in Leavenworth, KS

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits. Supervisors & managers treat line employees with a minimal measure of courtesy due to fear of union grievances.

    Cons

    "Policy is only a guideline" say management. But it's the Word of God when management wants to use it against an employee. No consistency in applying standards between employees. Performance evaluations are completely useless. Policies are outdated and post orders are completely useless. The physical facility is allowed to fall down, literally. Nothing ever gets repaired. Inmates have to pay other inmates to get their cell plumbing or lights fixed in a reasonable amount of time.

    Inmate housing units resemble public housing projects on the bad side of town. Inmates are allowed to run businesses, gamble, and tattoo with impunity as long as it doesn't go on during business hours when management might have to actually look at it. The administration uses gang leaders to manage their members since the authority of staff to manage inmates was undermined by the agency itself two decades ago. Investigators pay informants for their services with contraband that was seized from other inmates. Most inmate misconduct is ignored because it's easier to ignore it than to deal with it.

    Training, especially use of force training is useless. Staff have no concept of their legal authority or responsibilities. It's all about flying by the seat of your pants and getting through another day. Although most agency policies are available on the public website, staff have little knowledge of them because they are never tested on them and rarely are actual policies used during annual training.

    Line staff are more willing to belittle & back stab each other than to concern themselves with what the inmates are doing. Staff are not trained well enough to intelligently respond to inmate requests and issues. This causes them to give out inaccurate information which is then perceived by inmates as dishonesty. The agency is plagued with supervisors and managers who are more interested in climbing ladders than dedicating themselves to their jobs. There is absolutely zero training on how to use the database which is critical to maintaining inmate accountability. What an employee learns about it is learned in the heat of battle and it nearly always gets screwed up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will require strong, honest leadership to make this an agency one that a person can be proud to dedicate most of their working life to. Most of you will never be that. The best thing that you can do is retire as soon as you are able so that the younger generation can have a chance at fixing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Served as a Administrative Official and began my career as an entry level Correctional Officer.

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    Former Employee - Corrections-Captain in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Corrections-Captain in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working as a Corrections Official provided an opportunity to serve the community by protecting society for convicted offenders. The career provided numerous opportunities to interact with inmates and provide a positive example prior to their return into society.

    Cons

    Although the field was rewarding there were times in which I responded to emergency situations which resulted in injuries to both staff and inmates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The career of security has numerous benefits. It is a growing field with plenty of upward mobility and chance for individual growth. The trend of self education can be used to prepare individuals for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    a good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    good pay and good people

    Cons

    human resources is not good at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should care more about their employees than their inmates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Health Services

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    Former Employee - Heath Technician in Victorville, CA
    Former Employee - Heath Technician in Victorville, CA

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a federal position. There are tons of opportunity to grow within the organization as well as movement throughout the federal prison system. There is a tremendous amount of Veterans that are able to assist you with a ton of Veteran benefits that alot of transitioning military personnel may not be aware of. Law enforcement Retirement is a definite plus. The health benefits are satisfactory.

    Cons

    From a medical standpoint, the pay is relatively low comparative to the outside. If you are making more on the outside, do not take the first offer thrown your way. Be sure to provide your last few pay stubs to support that you make more than the offer that they are trying to give you. They will normally attempt to at least match what you were making.
    Due to the limited number of qualified applicants for medical personnel, you tend to get overran. The limited personnel with formal medical education tends to overwhelm the medical personnel with frivolous calls.
    Due to the limited amount of medical personnel management will often try to guilt you into working copious amounts of overtime. When the place goes on lock-down everyone gets a pseudo break expect for the Health Technicians and Registered Nurses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more embracing of change and solutions, rather than rolling your eyes and assuming that you are without fault. Be more embracing of the mission statement: "One complex, One team, One mission". Unfortunately there is a lack of solidarity amongst the ASHA's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, dangerous admin

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    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Florence, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Florence, CO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers looked out for each other for the most part.

    Cons

    Admin needs to care more about the officers than the inmates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about your next promotion, and stop getting staff hurt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bureau of Prisons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers were always willing to answer all of my questions. Learned a great deal about the United State federal prison system. No over time was necessary.

    Cons

    It should come as no surprise, that the federal government is rife with bureaucracy. I often felt that I was just signing off on a matter so that it could continue up the chain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for a excellent career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    Lots of overtime during the holiday seasons

    Cons

    Shift work and working holidays, weekends and being on a sixteen hour shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Endless opportunity as long as you are willing to become mobile.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Initial Thoughts

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Seagoville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Seagoville, TX

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Guranteed pay check every two weeks unless the government shuts down. Pay is good depending on where you live and institution you work at. Also, there is plenty of opportunity to work overtime. However, the only things that can get you fired is having sex with an inmate or bringing in contraband. Furthermore, it pretty much takes an act of God to get fired from the BOP after you complete you probationary year. Overall, the hardest part of the job is just driving to work.

    Cons

    The standards are not really high. Some employees come to work with uniforms looking like trash. Also, co-workers are quick to throw you under the bus. Supervisors really don't hold employees accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the standards needs to be higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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