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Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated July 6, 2017
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Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
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Pros
  • Great benefits, promotion potential, competitive salaries (in 18 reviews)

  • Possible to retire after 20- 25 years with good benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of shift work, must bid on new post every 3 months (in 13 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance is weighted towards work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I enjoy working for the BOP. The pay and my co workers are what keeps me here."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recreation Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Recreation Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The money's good and you connect with co workers for a good work environment. The work is challenging but rewarding.

    Cons

    Some of the work is challenging at times, and you feel like management does not have your best interest at heart.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and work closer with line staff to be more productive.


  2. "Lieutenant"

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    Current Employee - Security Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, great staff, training, tons of opportunity, especially if your mobile.
    Great Pay and retirement benefits, retire at 50 with 20 years.

    Cons

    Deal with society's worst people in stressful situations often times understaffed, dangerous situations and always locked in with just you verbal training and skill.

  3. "FBOP Facility Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Oakdale, LA
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Oakdale, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Good benefits, Advancement potential,

    Cons

    Can be stressful
    Can be dangerous


  4. "Bureau of Prisons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Psychologist/Drug Abuse Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clinical Psychologist/Drug Abuse Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Federal employment with benefits, good pay for low education, union representation for line staff

    Cons

    poorly educated staff, para-military structure, physical safety concerns, furlows

    Advice to Management

    Remember: people work to live, not live to work.


  5. "Human Resource Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment , very friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement


  6. "Lieutenant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good co workers, room to advance

    Cons

    Prisoners and staff shortages, furlough

    Advice to Management

    Listen to middle management, in house more


  7. "Work-Life Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, leadership, management, and staff are very professional and effective in carrying out the agency's mission. This agency also provides excellent training opportunities for its employees, including cross-development and leadership training. Although somewhat slow to embrace work-life programs (ie, alternate work scheduling, teleworking, educational assistance, etc...) that help attract new employees and keep current ones, the agency does now offer some of these programs (mostly in the non-correctional environment). In comparison to many other Federal agencies, this agency was very slow to embrace these programs. This agency provided me with an outstanding career experience... with many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Career advancement often involves having to transfer to new locations.

    Advice to Management

    Become more proactive at timely identifying and implementing work-life programs that will assist with attracting and keeping the Bureau's talent pool on pace with other Federal agencies and the private corporate world, wherever possible.

  8. "Great PLace to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons (More than a year)

    Pros

    Set Schedule every quarter.
    Opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible for what we do everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your Custody staff better


  9. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Springfield, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits...unlimited overtime. Depending on location/ability to move lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is weighted towards work...unlimited overtime

    Advice to Management

    needs to go to a compressed schedule


  10. "great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    excellent work enviorment
    friendly staff
    like a second family
    pay/benefits

    Cons

    commuting in traffic is the only con


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