Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
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Pros
  • You also qualify for Federal Law Enforcement retirement (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)

  • If you work in corrections your going to have to work some nights and weekends (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Review , verify and dispensed medications

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    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable schedule, holiday and weekend off

    Cons

    so busy and shortage staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire more staffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Long Term Benefits - Work Life Balance!

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    Current Employee - Career Employee
    Current Employee - Career Employee

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

    Pros

    25 years with the agency. Career opportunities, 120 BOP facilities throughout the US. Retirement. Benefits. Stick it out. Work hard and maintain a positive attitude.

    Cons

    Federal application process is challenging. Need to streamline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue support of in-house promotions, professional acknowledgment of hardworking, dedicated employees. They stand out and shine above all others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. High stress and underappreciated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Retirement after 20 years. Training always available.

    Cons

    Administration plays favorites and retaliates if you voice concerns about anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your Staff more and promote fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    money was not enough to feed my family

    Cons

    time off was limited at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. ok to work at.good teamwork. bad management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good correctional officers. team work. good pay.

    Cons

    shift work. bad management. well, government agency is same everywhere...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please give people the time off that they request. it was too hard to get vacation approved

  7. Good solid employer that does meaningful work

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    Former Employee - Ged Instructor in Milan, MI
    Former Employee - Ged Instructor in Milan, MI

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    Even paced - very little drama

    Cons

    Not really any negatives, as with most jobs - it's what you make of it. Working at this institution can be very satisfying work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an excellent place to work - do not accept less than good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good pay and benefits, but a lot of crap

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    salary, benefits, flexible schedule, ease of work

    Cons

    growth potential, nepotism, failure to follow union agreements and policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While many think the government is the best place to work, this is not for everyone. The pay and benefits are great, but you are stuck on growth potential because this is a "who you know, not what you know" atmosphere, where the best qualified rarely are selected. The government also is horrible about ensuring every minority and woman is promoted out of fear of reprisal or lawsuit--further hurting any potential employees that would stay long term. OH and they love to use policy against staff--while breaking it ten fold, as well as violating the Union agreement. And if you are a staff member that has fallen victim to their disregard for these policies, good luck getting anyone to do a damn thing about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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