Federal Bureau of Prisons Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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3.1
63%
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Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. (no image)
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
89 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great Benefits and excellent pay structure(in 30 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good pay, great job security(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Shift work, law enforcement stressors, subject to the daily whims of the current administration(in 19 reviews)

  • "Advancement is not likely unless you move around to different bop(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "I spent 20 (+) years with the Bureau and had the best experience ever. (Retired 2019)"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist 

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time

    Pros

    Best Bosses; great environment; Great employees; great job for moving up

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of to submit.

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  2. "Low Pay Grade"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Butner, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good start for basic contracting.

    Cons

    Corrections first and foremost makes it hard to do your actual job effectively.


  3. "tough"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cook Supervisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    pay, make all you want with OT

    Cons

    changing times, possibly dying every day

  4. "Bop"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stability, pays decent, leave, retirement

    Cons

    Management, inmates, other staff, less pay than state

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  5. "Typical Bureaucratic Pros & Cons"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, job security, lots of opportunity for advancement across the country.

    Cons

    Shift work, law enforcement stressors, subject to the daily whims of the current administration.

  6. "Paramedic"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paramedic 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great job security.

    Cons

    Horrible management, it is all about politics when promoting, it can be boring depending on where you are.

  7. "Good agency"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -hardworking people -great place to work if interested in corrections -a lot of advancement

    Cons

    -must work in federal prisons in order to advance, which typically means a lot of moving around -can't go that far in central office if not having LEO background

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  8. "If your EXTREMELY interested in the C.J. Field this is for you."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recreation Specialist in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits and Salary and most staff

    Cons

    Unfortunately, everything else. No work/life balance. No real room for growth and improvement.

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  9. "No home life"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, vacation time, job security

    Cons

    Constantly calling for overtime, hire new staff that are incompetent, don't care about your home life

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  10. "Great agency to work for."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Lieutenant in Butner, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Bureau of Prisons full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of advancements opportunities if you are willing to be mobile. You can make an impact on a persons life.

    Cons

    You don't always get compensated for the risk of the job.

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