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Washington State Patrol Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Generally speaking A good place for work"

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    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. "Great people, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Patrol full-time

    Pros

    The job at the street level can be very fun and most troopers, sergeants and office staff are good people to work with. It is easy to build leave balances and use the PTO which is a plus. Since it is state-wide, there is a place for everyone to work depending on if you like busy urban locations or rural areas with few calls for service. They have some good training at the academy and the instructors are very dedicated to the program. When you go home, the time is yours and you do not have to worry about the job until you return the next day (unless you have court or get called out for a specialty unit/position in which case you get extra pay)

    Cons

    There is a distinct disconnect between those working the road and the upper administration (decision makers). While the chief seems to be a good guy personally, the culture his administration breeds within the WSP is clearly evident. Decisions are many times pre-maturely made. New tools and technology can be nice, but before deciding the agency must use them, more must be done to research so issues are not the result. (eg, implementation and subsequent loss of radio coverage, using VOIP for phones in patrol vehicles-does not work). The salary was decent (not nearly the best in the state but not horrible) Due to the state budget issues, WSP appears to have a grim outlook on openings for specialty positions so there is a limited number of career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The Chief and others in the upper administration need to make their staff (that means all commissioned and non-commissioned personnel) feel appreciated and genuinely heard. Those doing the actual work in the field are a great place to bounce ideas off of to get ideas for training, new equipment, etc. Listen to your people and make them feel valued.

  3. "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.


  4. "A good agency."

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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.


  5. "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.


  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.


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