Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
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Pros
  • It is a law enforcement position and has a 20 year (in 5 reviews)

  • Pay is good depending on where you live and institution you work at (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Shift work and dealing with some really nasty inmates (in 3 reviews)

  • Admin needs to care more about the officers than the inmates (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Federal Bureau of Prisons

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and co workers. Really supportive of military reservists. Job security. Extra pay for working nights and sunday/holidays. Union representation

    Cons

    Working nights and weekends can suck sometimes but the pros outweigh the cons.


  2. Correctional Officer

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Government jobs are very professional and to a large extent very secure especially in the law enforcement departments. Excellent opportunities everywhere and opportunities to cross train to other jobs and departments.

    Cons

    Like any other job,could get boring and at times will feel like dead end job. The bureaucracy can get crazy at times especially during the beginning of the fiscal year when congress is working a the budget.

    Advice to Management

    Micro managing employees will takes its toll on dedicated employees. Focus on the problem child employees instead which include lazy, untrustworthy, undependable, disgruntle and other similar types. Don't fix what is not broken, if lower end employees can see those kind of employees then by golly, management can as well. Kiss A__ employees are a dime a dozen and should be ignored, unless of course the boss is trying to get information from other employees which is deceitful.


  3. Let's be very honest

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Safety Compliance Administrator in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Environmental Safety Compliance Administrator in Waterbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work for the Bureau of prisons were 24 years. It has unlimited growth potential. If you desire it. Endless overtime, continuous training, mentorship, for those who want to move forward. If all you want to do is show up for work for a paycheck, then there is not much growth for you. If you are lazy. There is no world for you.

    Cons

    the Bureau is a paramilitary operations has to be when dealing with the most dangerous felons, so they must be some form of structure in order to keep them in line. If you have no work ethic, then this would be a negative place for you to work you get what you put into it. Let's be honest, you know exactly what your job entails. prior, to accepting the job so either mature up global find something else.

    Advice to Management

    continue to diversify your management capabilities


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  5. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warden in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Warden in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This was a place where I completed a career. Great benefits, phenomenal career opportunities and exceptional engagement across the organization.

    Cons

    It was a place where we had differences among the genders but working hard and building relationships was a great way to overcome the challenges. I would recommend the company to anyone looking for a career.

    Advice to Management

    Get a good Director - that will make a big difference. Leadership is key and we will profit greatly from that.


  6. Cook Foreman

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cook Foreman in Bastrop, TX
    Current Employee - Cook Foreman in Bastrop, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good job with great benefits

    Cons

    Should make more money due to the cost of living in the area


  7. Growing Pains

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good retirement, and competitive salary for public sector. Incredibly talented and experienced middle management corps. Potential to make a great long term career for the right individual with strong character.

    Cons

    Overarching political interference from third parties. Lack of professionalism by a unionized workforce. Senior Executive Management are severely lacking in leadership and experience. Was once the greatest workforce in all the federal government. Today is merely a shadow of former greatness.

    Advice to Management

    Back to basics. When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. No room for union in a professional law enforcement agency. Take away law enforcement status from all support personnel regardless of whether or not they work in the institution.


  8. Staff

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is like being a goalie. Most of the time, it is boring, and then a few seconds of intense exhilaration when you have to respond to Body Alarm, i.e. inmates fighting or emergency situations.

    Cons

    Horrible Mid-level Managers. There is a tendency of promotion to get rid of the unwanted staffs, and you will run into these horrible mid-level managers in Institution where no one want to come.

    Advice to Management

    GOD helps us all. Please do not pass the buck. Deal with your trouble makers and don't pass them on the the next institution by promoting them. It will give them delusion of adequacy, and make the rest of staffs miserable. PLEASE!!!


  9. HVAC FOREMAN

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HVAC Foreman in Butner, NC
    Current Employee - HVAC Foreman in Butner, NC

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time

    Pros

    Benefits , PAY , LOCAL AND PROFESSIONAL

    Cons

    inmates , Stress , locked in , fence, danger


  10. Pathways Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of opportunities to relocate country wide

    Cons

    Hiring process can be quite extensive


  11. Senior officer special

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Office in Jonesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Office in Jonesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security Financially secure freedom

    Cons

    Supervising inmates Different people to meet

    Advice to Management

    Treating people better than what they desearve



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