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Updated February 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay due to federal contract (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits, lots of vacation time (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Geo correctional"

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    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Karnes City, TX
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Karnes City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Geo pays its employees good.

    Cons

    No overtime and under appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees.


  2. "Vocational Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of vacation time

    Cons

    Management could have been better

  3. "TRAINING ADMINISTRATOR"

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    Current Employee - Training Administrator
    Current Employee - Training Administrator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Supervisors are hit or miss. Most employees are great, and are the backbone of the facilities.

    Cons

    Lots of hours. No support from upper management. Do as I say, not as I do mentality. Nothing is a priority until an audit is coming up, especially when it comes to spending money. Uniformed staff only get 3 uniforms to work 5-12 hour days, not good. Turn-over is high.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites. Support your staff. Make time for them when they need to talk about issues. Listen to their concerns. Your staff make the Company.


  4. "very Political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    If you come to work and do what you are suppose to do without worrying, it is actually a good place to work.

    Cons

    Dont Look for rewards or recommendations, they want you to do just the bare minimal

    Advice to Management

    Hire within


  5. "Ops counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GEO Group part-time

    Pros

    Application process short & simple

    Cons

    No OT. No Breaks.


  6. "Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GEO Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have a job and I am grateful for it.

    Cons

    All jobs have con's I prefer to look at the Pros,

    Advice to Management

    The employees at the base of your business are the foundation of the business.


  7. "Good O.T. , poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trenton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They don't have a problem with O.T.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. Nobody enforces policies, people call out all the time and they dress however they want.

  8. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many job opportunities in company

    Cons

    Poor Management , Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your unfprofessional managers who are not doing their jobs as they are very disrespectful and dont treat line staff with professionalism and they don't care about the safety of staff and prisoners, and finally eliminate the favoritism.


  9. "Wants Yes Men and Women Only. Those Who Try to Speak Their Mind Will be Quickly Squashed and Fired"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They close for every holiday, give you a day off for your birthday and if Christmas and New Years falls on a Monday you'll have the preceding Friday off. If you are a yes person who is able to shut up and do as your told you can go far in the company. They hire older people. No ageism.

    Cons

    People here including managers will throw you under the bus to save their own skin. There are places in the Western Region Office that have a hostile work environment toward employees that aren't yes men and women. If you question the way something is done or try to present a case for trying a new way of doing things they will accuse you of being defensive and combative. There are managers in the western region that constantly contradict themselves and then blame you when you didn't do your work according to their expectations. They will tell you one thing one week and they deny it the next. They don't give exit interviews or employee evaluations. They claim that they do but I've never been given one. I know others who weren't either. Instead if you make an error, which is very easy to do because you won't be given all the information you need to preform your job they will serve you with a disciplinary action over very small minor errors. Instead of giving you all the information you need to perform your job correctly at the beginning, They will give vague, contradictory directions and wait till you make an error then they write you up for it. Employees are spoken to in a very rude and condescending way. If you try to defend yourself or explain why you made those errors, you will not be allowed to do so. There is no new employee orientation or cohesive training at the western region office. There is a lot of favoritism towards employees that don't rock the boat, basically those that say "yes sir, yes ma'am" and shut up and do as their told even if they know what their being told to doesn't make any sense. This company is very rigid, ultra conservative and old fashioned and not open to new ideas. The turnover is extremely high. Correctional Officers are paid very low wages and are overworked. Funds are available to pay higher wages but those at the top don't care about employees, they'd rather line their own pockets.
    If you're looking for a company where employees are treated with respect, and allowed to voice their opinions then this is not the place for you. The office environment is the most toxic I've ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Treat subordinates with respect. Give people clear and concise instructions and stop contradicting yourselves and them blaming employees when they didn't do what you expected them to do. They can't read your mind. Take responsibility for your own mistakes and stop throwing people under the bus. Pay your workers a decent wage.


  10. "It’s a facility transitioning from LCS to geo group."

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    Former Employee - Lieutenant in La Villa, TX
    Former Employee - Lieutenant in La Villa, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GEO Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rotating schedule that gives you Friday,Saturday, Sunday twice a month. It’s a pre release so it’s supposed to be easier to deal with inmate but it isn’t always the case. Use of force is rare that it occurs

    Cons

    Trying to work with staff shortage and follow policy. Required to do 20 min rounds. Low pay and mandatory overtime for CO

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay on all levels. Severely under paid compared to all geo facility’s


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