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Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    Its not bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 an 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
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (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
  11.  

    -Not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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