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Job on it's own is not bad. Slightly different ideas of how to do the job from management and from people working around you. Best advice would be: do just your job, what are you train for. Anything you do on top is suspicious...
Easy booking holidays/ swapping shifts
Irregular working shift pattern
A secure rewarding career, with good pension benefits, good annual holiday entitlement, good salary to support a mortgage, challenging environment, but rewarding if you can handle it. Plenty of promotion opportunity. Great workmates.
Salary, promotion, team mates
Shift work inc nights
Management are very poor and severly lack interpersonal skills, sometimes they border bullying behaviour. The job is stressful as you might imagine but little support is offered and the training isn't fit for purpose. You can get on but it's very much an organisation of cliques, your face has to fit.
Decent pension, lots of overtime if you want it.
Poor unsupportive management, cynical staff in the job for all the wrong reasons.
Avoid at all cost. Where I used to work, I would not put the management in charge of a circus. As well as being totally incompetent, they think that the best way to motivate staff is by bullying. Nowhere near enough staff, but a multitude of managers. Most of the staff are good, but there are some with whom you have to watch your back, Huge numbers of staff sick due to stress .Most of this is created by the management..It used to be a job for life, but no longer due to the large staff turnover.
The role of the job included: cleaning, general house keeping and packing tea packs for other inmates. I learned how to pack required items sufficiently and clean to the required standard. I did not find a hard part of the job as i enjoyed the workplace environment and being hands on.
Officer for 6+ years, This place has a bad staff work ethic culture, with diabolical unsupportive management structure who are only out for themselves. The staff are treated unfairly and the prisoners get more respect than officers. The hours of work do not suit a work life balance,and staff are expected to cover all shifts even working areas where they have no expertise. The officers do not have equipment to defend themselves and There is little support from management in all areas
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Only Management Level was supported an further education in drug and alcohol. i wanted to have the support to have training in Counselling but it was not to be. To further my career as a Counselor to support others in the Community is something that I am still looking in to do.
It is a stressful place to work and not safe environment. Before the shifts would be better to get proper briefings as to know what happened,what to expect. The safety of the officers should be looked in to as it is not safe to work there. New staff is not properly trained and you don't get enough support from them.
This job will keep you on your toes as everyday is different but the massive risk to your own personal safety makes it a stressful environment in which to work. The shifts are all over the place so work life balance is all but non-existent and you never know if you will even finish your shift at the stated times due to alarms etc. The job salary when you take into consideration all of the roles and responsibilities you are expected to take on is not even close to worth it and that is without dealing with the potential of getting assaulted at anytime or breathing substances that inmates have been smoking. There is a serious lack of experience within the service due to the large number of cut backs a few years ago and the subsequent recruitment of large numbers of new staff who after a very short time in the job are helping train staff when they are still learning themselves (I shadowed a member of staff who was only a few weeks in the job before I joined). There is a serious lack of training within mental health which is seriously problematic as you are often dealing with individuals in crisis and managing these situations can go south fast. I would recommend anyone considering the service to speak with staff and get an honest opinion on how things are at those establishments and do a bit of research to avoid walking in blind......however, nothing will really prepare you for the things you will witness and see until you are already in.
Thoroughly enjoyed my time as a prison officer. Would recommend to anyone. It can be stressful, but with commonse you will see the benefits. The work is tough but rewarding, you get plenty of holidays after qualifying time. The pay is good, with plenty of overtime if you want it
stressful environment but if you find a good bunch of colleagues, its still a great job. I only left for a payrise. The job can be dangerous but find a good mentor and you will be fine and also, learn to say no to prisoners and dont be afraid to go where angels fear to tread
Fast paced job, can be stressful at times. Feels like management does not always have your interest at heart. Ground level staff have your back. Prisoners can be manipulating and disrespectful towards staff.
Free lunch, onsite parking
This is not a job for everyone. It involves violence on a daily basis and incident management skills that no other job will ask of you. Not the Police, Fire or Paramedics service will ask more of you than being a prison officer does. If thats for you... good.