Washington State Patrol

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Washington State Patrol Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
6 Reviews
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    An agency that I loved

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The working environment, the staff was delightful

    Cons

    Promotions where done but who they like and not by skills

    Recommends
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    Knowledgeable, fun, challenging.

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    Former Employee - Receptionist  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people and the company offers constant classes to improve your skills free

    Cons

    None. I had no problems or issues.

    Recommends
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    At first, good to work in the crime lab, but it became a huge bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Former Employee - Forensic Scientist III

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Important work-helping to solve crimes and process evidence. Even if you are just doing one type of case, the cases themselves are still varied and often interesting.

    Cons

    In the Crime Lab, there is almost no chance for advancement or more pay. Experience and education count for nothing-people who have just become qualified to analyze a type of evidence are considered just as knowledgeable as someone who has decades of experience. Since moving to ISO compliance, emphasis is on pretty paperwork and case files, rather than the number or difficulty of the cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current trend is towards mediocrity, both for the employees and for the labs. Anyone who does something differently or disagrees with the majority, right or wrong, is punished. The current management seems to be actively trying to get rid of the brightest people and hardest workers.

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    Interesting work, decent pay, great people.

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    Current Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Current Employee - Forensic Scientist III

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    WSP hires great people who care a lot about their work and have a lot of integrity. People genuinely care about each other. The work is interesting, different every day, and it's a good blend of working on your own projects and working collaborativey with others. For the person who is interested in science, but likes working with people, this may be the perfect fit. The medical benefits, pension program, and holiday/vacation/sick pay are also pluses.

    Cons

    Work can be stressful, involving high- profile caes, sometimes with particularly disturbing scenarios. Court testimony is an important part of the job and can be stressful as well. While it is nice to have the structure of a state agency at times, at others, it can be frustrating that there are no bonuses, few raises, and a cap to how high you can go as a scientist before most of your potential promotion options are management.

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    Outstanding

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    Former Employee - Trooper  in  Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Trooper in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Washington State Patrol

    Pros

    Team work with other troopers.

    Cons

    Working holidays, nights and weekends.

    Recommends
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    WSP, Why Not?

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    Current Employee - ITS  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - ITS in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol

    Pros

    Because the people, for the most part, are great to be around!! You get to travel at times. Most of the people are friendly and accommodating.

    Cons

    There are people that do nothing and still collect a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to have the latest and greatest technology out in the field to the troopers sop that they can be more efficient in their duties.

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