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GEO Group Reviews

Updated May 26, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay due to federal contract (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Substance Abuse Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Graceville, FL
    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Counselor in Graceville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Prison environment is a major challenge.


  2. "Instructor"

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

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    Easy job for the most part.

    Cons

    Leadership is non-existent, no room for advancement, constant turnover, and poor benefits for a correctional facility.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make your salaries comparable to the state. State employees in exact same position make 150% of wages and receive far better benefits.

  3. "Corrections Officer"

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

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    Is in a convenient location.

    Cons

    Work 12 hour shifts by yourself with up to 128 inmates with no lunch break or any breaks at all. Minimum support from mid-management. The place is hell to work at. Pay sucks. To prove that look at their vision statement. To be the biggest and the best. Nothing about the people being the backbone of the organization. They only care about the shareholders and executives receiving big bonuses off the back of their employees.. Their retirement package is 2 1/2% matchup of pay. Medical is expensive. They feed the same slop to officers that the inmates get on weekends. Retaliation is rife there..

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and benefits. Train mid- management. Corrections Officers need breaks like anyone else.


  4. "Correctional Officer"

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

    I worked at GEO Group full-time

    Pros

    There always have positions available.

    Cons

    Your only a warm body to them.

    Advice to Management

    Attend training on how to be ome an effective Manager


  5. "vocational instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    constant change in management


  6. "Family Service Director"

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    Former Employee - Family Service in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Family Service in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GEO Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good pay , flexible, professionalism

    Cons

    everybody is always trying to figure out your business

    Advice to Management

    keep hiring goo qualified people that wanna work


  7. "What planet am I working on?"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Florence, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Florence, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There’s so much overtime that if u like $, this is the job for u. Up to 21 hours of mandatory overtime weekly. I’m not a fan of being forced but u agree to it in the beginning so like it or not....

    Cons

    I’m currently employed but leaving soon and I’ve moved past the alarmed and disgruntled stage into the “give me a break stage.” Morale is the worst I have ever seen in any company I’ve worked with, employees from management gossip and talk about others (in hurtful way. very much like high school, r u popular or not?) Definitely not my goal in the workforce but it takes a certain type of person to work in Corrections and if u can’t handle the daily drama and poor and uninformed management team (mostly 20 somethings) - steer clear of Geo. I’ve never seen or talked to so many coworkers EVER who are leaving or have already quit. Management can’t cover the posts because of it and it’s daily chaos and anger.

    Advice to Management

    Step down.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Canon City, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Canon City, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, fast paced work with youth. Steady year round. Overtime available.

    Cons

    Programs, schedules can change rapidly. High risk of burnout.


  9. "Decent, but Short-Term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities, fast paced environment, good pay, decent benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Insanely high turnover, lots of unsurety (especially from Corporate), hard to use intranet, very inappropriate relations between employees of all levels

    Advice to Management

    Push for higher pay for officers to get a better workforce, be clear about expectations


  10. "Human Resources Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a Criminal Justice major trying to break into the corrections field, this is a place where you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Very mysterious about everything.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to feel more valued and appreciated. Please improve your company culture and morale will be better.


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