Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Pathways Intern

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

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of opportunities to relocate country wide

    Cons

    Hiring process can be quite extensive


  2. Senior officer special

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Office in Jonesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Office in Jonesville, VA

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  3. Corrections Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    Good employer, good advancement and salary

    Cons

    Long hours, nasty inmates, shift work


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  5. GED Instructor

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    Former Employee - GED Instructor & Tutor in Bellevue, MI
    Former Employee - GED Instructor & Tutor in Bellevue, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Preparing adult education in prison was very meaningful work

    Cons

    Some of the staff had sour attitudes

    Advice to Management

    Don't


  6. Correctional Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time

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

    Pros

    The pay considering the work you do Some good camaraderie among co-workers (which is pretty much limited to who you started with) A monkey can be trained to do this job.

    Cons

    Incompetence of Direct Supervisors (not all) Over-concern about potential liability that it blinds their decision making process Unqualified people are promoted (based solely on whether they are liked) over the qualified because they lie on their applications Rude and unprofessional coworkers are placed in high contact positions Unrelenting mandated overtime Scheduling admin LT does not care that you may have familial responsibilities -- very unforgiving

    Advice to Management

    A little more concern for the employee's time constraints and responsibilities outside of the prison will go a long way with employee morale and turnover rate.


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    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - friendly and respectful company culture - transparent leadership - good benefits

    Cons

    - There are times when there is lots of turnover in staff which can make it difficult for other team members/departments while they wait for staff to be trained

    Advice to Management

    - ensure there are processes in place to account for staff turnover so that new team members can be trained appropriately and efficiently


  8. safety specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefit package and retirement package. Lots of training with others in your field throughout the year able to perfect your expertise and multitudes of policies and procedures concerning safety

    Cons

    this is a federal correctional institution, and you do have to deal with incarcerated felons. However, it can be rewarding if you set your mind towards accomplishing our mission at times. Overtime is required.

    Advice to Management

    at times management changes frequently when you get a new supervisor, you may at that supervisor for two or three years . Then they are gone, recommend that newly appointed supervisors have a better understanding of safety responsibilities


  9. Correctional Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beckley, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beckley, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay. Great benefits and ability to move upward.

    Cons

    Stressful dealing with both inmates and staff. Never get used to shift work. Not enough staff.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more Officers.


  10. Correctional Officer

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Florence, CO
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Florence, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ability to promote in a timely manner

    Cons

    sexist, unfair EEO practices, prejudiced, corruption exists at every level

    Advice to Management

    most of you should be behind bars your grey has turned to black. Seek therapy


  11. Correctional officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job to start out and move up. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Isolated and remote location, but not bad.



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