Federal Bureau of Prisons

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
36 Reviews
3.7
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Its not bad

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Lewis Run, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Lewis Run, PA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, stability, retirement and locations of prisons

    Cons

    No weekends off for up to two years if you are a rookie, very clique, a majority of older staff have negative attitudes and treat you like you are the lowest scum on earth, HR department can be unreliable at times. If you want to apply for an open job you can, but its pointless because they give it to the person they put in their to work there until the position is filled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take turns rotating newer staff out for weekends off, because if not, my generation will not stay and work, they will look for something else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Depending on the institution you work at, determines the satisfaction of your work experience.

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    Former Employee - Health Services Orderly  in  Bastrop, TX
    Former Employee - Health Services Orderly in Bastrop, TX

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

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits after you give 25 years of your life away.

    Cons

    You are around negativity all day with the inmates. You have to learn to be another person while working, which usually carries over to your life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're in the business of keeping inmates safe and orderly, which goals have been accomplished. There needs to be more programs for inmates to actually improve themselves so they have a better opportunity to not recidivate. Screw the favorite line: "Inmates coming back is job security". There's always going to be enough inmates to keep federal staff employed, and you're not working against the company's wishes by assisting inmates not to recidivate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Good work environment

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    A quiet place to work and rewarding. Interesting days. Always a challenge.

    Cons

    Some clients were a little hard to get along with but the compensation was well worth the minor mental stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely on the people below you because in the long run they are the ones that make upper management shine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    -Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Very hard to get fired.
    -Great benefits, vacation, and pay is good, too (depends on the job).

    Cons

    -Promoting is possible but you have to move around.
    -Management promotes who they want.....a degree will only get you so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -None.......different managers operate differently. Therefore, if I did have advice, it would be different depending on the person who I was giving it to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Happy its over-----Not a bad ride

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    Former Employee - Senior Officer Specialist  in  Atwater, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Officer Specialist in Atwater, CA

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, just remember to be yourself when dealing with inmates. If you can't do something for them(out of your job description) Just be good on your word. Probably the most important is treat them like you'd want them too treat you. It's a good career just remember where your at, and enjoy. Time goes fast. Watch your buddies back

    Cons

    Getting along with ever changing management; whose real goals are very self centered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your suppose to be the example

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Bureau has provided great opportunities during my 20 year career. I have earned multiple promotions and received an excellent retirement.

    Cons

    Limited on the ability to deal with sub par employees which puts a burden on those that try to do a good job. Lack of funding to perform jobs that you are hired for.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent. Promotions available, met great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Pros

    Guaranteed job unless you mess up. Mobility, promotions, $$$

    Cons

    Working with inmate-take it for what it's worth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Lakewood, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Lakewood, PA

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Promotion potential of you want to move.

    Cons

    the system itself is flawed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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