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Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

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3.5
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68%
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71%
Approve of CEO
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
75 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great Benefits and excellent pay structure(in 27 reviews)

  • "lots of over time good pay for correctional officer(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Shift work and sometimes you have to transfer for promotion opportunities(in 17 reviews)

  • "BOP staff are considered to be the lowest form of Federal law enforcement for good reason(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "An employer with pros and cons!!!"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator and Education Specialist in Coleman, FL

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The BOP is a reliable and consistent employer with competitive pay when compared to other area companies.

    Cons

    The BOP is sometimes difficult place to work because of the personalities involved both on staff and inmate population. It is often a dangerous place to work but is nevertheless a job that can be done by following rules and regulation that govern standard operating procedures.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-02-28
  2. "There are better places to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Benefits, early retirement as a Law Enforcement Officer, many different locations to work at and job opportunities

    Cons

    Down turn to what was once a great agency has been the lowering of the hiring standards over the last 10 years. Despite the merit promotion system, it's now agenda based promotions and if your able to move. Therefore, those staff that would make great supervisor or managers are over looked and less qualified people are selected.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people and remove those that cannot perform and stop putting all the work on the few people who do the work. Lobby to get rid of the Unions so progress can be made.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-05-08
  3. "Good Steady Job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Correctional Officer in East Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Working for the Bureau of Prisons was a steady income for 25 years.

    Cons

    The work hours are difficult on your family sometimes.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-04-16
  4. "Only if you have to"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Pennington Gap, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good way to get your foot in the federal door if you want to go to a different agency. Steady pay and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Miserable at many institutions. The stress kills you slowly, life expectancy for correctional officers is about 57

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-04-18
  5. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Unit Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Stability organized 20 years to retire

    Cons

    Political good old boys system

    Advice to Management

    Stop showing favoritism to promote

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-04-12
  6. "Okay jib"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    A lot of overtime to do

    Cons

    No communication from supervisor about what's going on day to day

    Advice to Management

    More communication with your staff members

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-04-09
  7. "Manhattan Correctional Center"

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    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful, challenging place to work. Employees were all professionals with a work ethic. The medical director was especially patient, kind, and an extraordinary teacher.

    Cons

    As a contractor was not allowed to go unescorted to the housing units. Was very inefficient in that some responsibilities could not be relegated to us. Had to certified with NCCPA. There are many many jobs that do not require this and since I have been a PA for 33 years felt it was not necessary because of my level of knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Be responsible and provide for the needs of your co-workers. Be truthful and forthright and not evasive.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-03-23
  8. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliceville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    This place is awesome to work at.

    Cons

    The location is far away from a big city.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-03-13
  9. "Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager in Seagoville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great work environment and job stability

    Cons

    Goes by Seniority when bidding for shifts

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-02-17
  10. "Great place of work; Job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Camaraderie with staff and the ability of staff to work together during conflict with inmates

    Cons

    Miscommunication between staff and management

    Federal Bureau of Prisons2019-02-15
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