I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol
Pros – Tons of training available, good OT too. In general, you are given significant flexibility to work independantly, you do need to be active though or else.
Cons – Terrible work hours as a trooper and sergeant. You will work nights or afternoon shifts for several years and holidays too. It takes about a decade to get a day shift.
Advice to Senior Management – Support supervisor's decisions and stop second guessing everything, you try to empower those to be leaders but rarely back anyone, too many times, supervisors don't make independant decisions because they know someone will be micromanaging what they do and decide.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2011-07-25 12:01 PDT
I worked at Ohio State Highway Patrol
Pros – The OHP is a well respected law enforcement organization. They do a very good job getting information to employees through online training and information posting. Organization is has a formal rank structure and most tasks have policy guidance associated with them. As a state employer, the benefits are good and the pay scale is standardized. The entry level pay for dispatchers is competitive and is a livable salary - you won't get rich, but the pay is fair.
Cons – As an entry level employee you will work a lot of nights, weekends and holidays. Schedules are determined based on seniority, so it is unlikley that you will work days for several years. Weekends and holidays are peak hours of operations for this law enforcement agency and you should expect to work quite of few of these, even after several years of employment. The dispatch training program is largely a hands-on training program and your trainer has considerable say in how you are trained. If you have a good trainer you will be in good shape - if you have a bad one, you will probably be miserable. Stress levels can be high in the Dispatch Center and I would not recommend this job to anyone who is unable to handle stress, rotating hours and few weekends or holidays off.
Advice to Senior Management – Don't focus entirely on the sworn officers - remember that you have support staff that also make up a key part of the organization.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-03-09 10:42 PST
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