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Washington State Patrol Reviews

Updated January 17, 2017
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  1. "Generally speaking A good place for work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    Good family and work balance. Decent co-workers. Decent pay. Great state Benefits. The managers I work directly with are respectful and resourceful.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy you have to deal with sometimes. Other than that, I don't have anything negative to say about it.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. "Rewarding Career"

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

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    If you are looking for the most professional and best law enforcement agency in the United States look no further than a career with the Washington State Patrol. Employee input is sought and valued, salaries is on the increase, and there is a family first philosophy.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to private sector and other law enforcement agencies is a con but with recent legislation, pay is being raised over 24% in the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to commissioned and support staff, value differing opinions, and keep setting the standard for professionalism.


  3. "Good pay, good organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Washington State Patrol (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work as a civil service employee. (1) My personal pay was great (especially given the low cost of living near headquarters, and the fact that there's no income tax). (2) Tons of intelligent and hard-working people there. (3) Interesting work. Police/fire/communications officer jobs are all very interesting, which makes your work more interesting. (4) Washington is beautiful. (5) The fact that you're working with police culture means that you have very clear directions, and almost no ambiguity about your job (this is a really great thing).

    Cons

    The biggest con was that commissioned police officers were appointed to lead some of the civil service divisions. Most of the commissioned leaders don't have experience in civil service functions, so they are being asked to lead civil service departments without any experience in that department. Most of the commissioned leaders are incredible smart, which is the only reason this works out most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire civil service leaders to lead civil service divisions (don't have your commissioned staff lead a civil service division when they don't have any background in that area). Even though they are all smart enough to do it, it causes a lot of unforeseen headaches.


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  5. "A good agency."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    This agency is known for its professionalism and smokey bear hats. I like the hats and french blue uniforms.
    The training is top notch and you get a take home car! Benefits are great and the people that you work with are some of the best human beings in Washington State.

    Cons

    Pay is abysmal compared to other agencies. Very political structure. Academy was hell on earth, but thats not an entirely bad thing. As a cadet, you are the lowest form of scum in the entire professional world and senior Troopers don't let you forget it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Respect them more and push for a raise. Too many troopers are switching to other agencies because pay is higher.


  6. "Trooper"

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    Current Employee - State Trooper in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - State Trooper in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, take home car. Good equipment

    Cons

    Poor management and non-competitive pay.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people.


  7. "MOP Tech."

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    Former Employee - MOP Tech in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - MOP Tech in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Patrol (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working with Patrol Officers.

    Cons

    The job was a boring and restrictive.


  8. "An agency that I loved"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working environment, the staff was delightful

    Cons

    Promotions where done but who they like and not by skills


  9. "Knowledgeable, fun, challenging."

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and the company offers constant classes to improve your skills free

    Cons

    None. I had no problems or issues.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "At first, good to work in the crime lab, but it became a huge bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Former Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Important work-helping to solve crimes and process evidence. Even if you are just doing one type of case, the cases themselves are still varied and often interesting.

    Cons

    In the Crime Lab, there is almost no chance for advancement or more pay. Experience and education count for nothing-people who have just become qualified to analyze a type of evidence are considered just as knowledgeable as someone who has decades of experience. Since moving to ISO compliance, emphasis is on pretty paperwork and case files, rather than the number or difficulty of the cases.

    Advice to Management

    The current trend is towards mediocrity, both for the employees and for the labs. Anyone who does something differently or disagrees with the majority, right or wrong, is punished. The current management seems to be actively trying to get rid of the brightest people and hardest workers.


  11. "Interesting work, decent pay, great people."

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    Current Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Current Employee - Forensic Scientist III
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    WSP hires great people who care a lot about their work and have a lot of integrity. People genuinely care about each other. The work is interesting, different every day, and it's a good blend of working on your own projects and working collaborativey with others. For the person who is interested in science, but likes working with people, this may be the perfect fit. The medical benefits, pension program, and holiday/vacation/sick pay are also pluses.

    Cons

    Work can be stressful, involving high- profile caes, sometimes with particularly disturbing scenarios. Court testimony is an important part of the job and can be stressful as well. While it is nice to have the structure of a state agency at times, at others, it can be frustrating that there are no bonuses, few raises, and a cap to how high you can go as a scientist before most of your potential promotion options are management.



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