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GEO Group Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, while I worked there they since they had pay and benefits under Service Contract Act (in 9 reviews)

  • Friendly environment good pay ,great benefits and a chance for advancement (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay for the amount of work you have (in 13 reviews)

  • The more money the save, the larger the bonuses for upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Worked as a C O for 3 years"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Offfier in Folkston, GA
    Former Employee - Correctional Offfier in Folkston, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GEO Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good start up to get into law enforcement and pay is good

    Cons

    High turn over rate and no respect from management - Don't get stuck there get the experience and leave

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget who turn the wheels


  2. "Detention Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good company.

    Cons

    Alot of the long term employees have a very high opinion of themselves and are actually worthless.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Counselor in Karnes City, TX
    Former Employee - Mental Health Counselor in Karnes City, TX

    Pros

    Awesome salary. Great training.

    Cons

    The position I applied for was completely different than I expected. What we were required to do and what was written on paper were contradictions of each other. HR staff is unprofessional and non-informative. There is also a huge turn-over rate.


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  5. "Plenty Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Graceville, FL
    Current Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Graceville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GEO Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary starting off it better than any state job with that same title, you're more prone to get a raise and they will allow you to grow with the company and you have limitless opportunities to promote and make really good money. It does have a lot of job security because they want people to stay with the company.

    Cons

    They tend to change a lot just to find ways to get more inmates in seats for money. A lot of the time staff is put into dangerous situations, with watching 2 or 3 classrooms at one time alone.

    Advice to Management

    Take more thought about the employee's safety rather than the amount of inmates that can squeeze into a certain space.


  6. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in McFarland, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in McFarland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GEO Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady Job, Full Time Schedule, Close to Home

    Cons

    GEO has absolutely zero respect for their instructors. They constantly harass their instructors, who are attempting to do the best job with very few resources provided. Considering what they pay for instructors, and the requirements, you would think they would have a little bit of respect. The moral in the programs department is at an all time low, and they are 3 instructors short, and the ones who remain talk about leaving all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Have some respect for what your instructors are trying to do. Get off of riding them, and understand that they are salaried professional employees.


  7. "Shady Company"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Plainfield, IN
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Plainfield, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    This job pays the bills.

    Cons

    If you're a dorm officer and not on the good side of the Yard Officers, if there is a fight in your dorm the Yard Officers take their sweet time responding. But if you are on good terms, then they respond much faster.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "horrible"

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Adelanto, CA
    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Adelanto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GEO Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From the detention side, you meet some cool people and become family with them. You can gain SOME valuable knowledge and experience. Kinda easy to promote if that's what you're looking for.

    Cons

    Again, from the detention side, nothing is taken seriously. Rules are set, but never truly enforced. A lot of politics go on around there. If experience is what you're looking for, then start here, but don't waste more than a year here!


  9. "Case Manager"

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in Atlantic City, NJ
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Atlantic City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    No real pros that I can think of.

    Cons

    Manager had no prior experience in law enforcement or case management. Minimal training. Too much paperwork to assist clients. Cass mangers also run groups (about 4-5 groups/day.) poor pay for the work required...little more than $30.000/yr.

    Worked in close proximity with parole officers who wanted nothing to do with case managers. No team atmosphere.

    Didn't see much benefits for clients. I guess that's the idea since they get paid every time a client signs in to the center. Great for recidivism.


  10. "corrections"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in La Villa, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in La Villa, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GEO Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, fast paced

    Cons

    long hours, but worth it

    Advice to Management

    none at the moment


  11. "A job that requires a certain kind of person with a solid level of self driven moral compass and integrity"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Lawton, OK
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Lawton, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GEO Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job gives you a sense of purpose. When you leave it you either never look back because it wasn't for you or you feel a calling back to your duty. You will get more out of this job if it is your goal to work in a field where you are responsible for others and have self driven pride in the work you do and your ability to maintain morality.

    Eventually you will find your place in the machine that is this place, and when you do you will know that you can trust your team to be at your side through every incident.

    This is a job that requires you to have patience, but can be very personally rewarding, and if you are not a special cupcake, you will eventually get a chance to move up in time.

    Cons

    Pay is not amazing, but for the areas housing coat, it's alright.

    You will get sprayed with pepper spray, in training, on the job, it's going to happen. Learn to accept it and don't let fear cause you to second guess deployment of your own chemical agents.

    You will be forced to work with people you don't like, people you know are dirty but can't prove it. Stick it out, the dirty always get caught in the end, it's only a matter of time.

    Advice to Management

    Warden Rios was an exception all warden whom I have nothing but respect for. If nobody else, that man cared 100% about each and every employee.

    New supervisors should take more time to understand why officers do what they do instead of jumping the gun and telling them what they are doing is wrong. Officers' habits are a learned thing. This means if they are doing something wrong, half the time it's because they were ordered to do so and there is a conflict of orders.

    Some supervisors are bad apples, but EVERY supervisor should back up an officer in the immediate moment, this was not always the case and should be a focus of supervisory training. Yes de-escalation is top priority. But at the very least always give the image of supporting your officers in front of inmates.

    Give more credit where credit is due where they go above and beyond to get the job done. Acknowledge hard work. Again this is a half and half thing, some supervisors do, some don't.

    All in all, I would focus every supervisor's training around supporting officers no matter how miniscule and ridiculous their problem is, because they are the supervisors of tomorrow.


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