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If your face doesn't fit you won't get along, no support from governors or line management, slow progression. Staff cliquey and will stab you in the back for their own gain. Unfair pay, old staff on different contracts same job but 10k more a year than new staff, money is not worth the stress and threat level you have to face every day.
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The job
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If your a yes person and your face fits then the management are ok with you. If you say No then they try to get rid of you making up stories. Stay well away you have been warned.
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Non
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Long Hours /Week Ends/ Night Shifts
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i worked here for 22 years, when i first started i thought it the best job, i had ever had. we were treated as and worked hard to be professional and make a difference. However as time went by, the government started to make cuts cuts and more cuts. It all became about money and saving it, first cutting resource's, then staff .By the time I retired, it had become a very dangerous place to work. Providing nothing to the inmates and staff are treated only as units, to be moved or dropped , as the government see fit. no longer treated as human.
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none
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to many to list
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loved working there ..Staff were great to work with. Hard to progress. Work is varied with different departments. Pay not to bad but has been reduced by the gov
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pay not bad
Cons
hard to progress
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I had an overall good experience. It is what you make it here and although you will have bad days the pay is great and you can literally make your own salary if you want to put the hours in
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Working in a prison is different every day. Every day there a 'new' people coming into prison with their own individual concerns and problems. For many they have no real concept as to what is going to happen to them and are very fearful. It is up to us to help them adjust and 'get through' the initial time period in custody and to then help towards rehabilitation programmes for their release. Of course, there are those that are 'career' criminals. These people it is matter of keeping safe during their time in custody and to hopefully manage to change their viewpoint towards crime and society as a whole. It is a strange job, because the only time you think you have really made a difference is when you don't receive feedback, i.e. they don't come back
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Not a particularly safe environment
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Prisons are a strange place to work. Alternates between long periods of inactivity and relative normality, to utter chaos. Teaches you how to deal with difficult people in potentially very dangerous situations. Job progression is readily available though stressful further up the chain. Can have severe mental health impacts due to the nature of the job. Military experience is treasured as it will help significantly.
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Very dangerous with no support from your peers Your droped straight on to a wing with no clue of what to do It always feels that long term staff want to get you in trouble and belittle you
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Challenging and sometimes rewarding, confrontational and fun. Close relationships with colleagues and decent team ethic. Poor pay and shifts compared to other similar roles and certainly doesn't reflect the dangers faced daily. Poor management support in terms of promotion.
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Working as a Prison officer is very stressful, mentally draining. it does not pay to be a hard nut wanting to pick fights with prisoners, this is a type of job of listening to problems and finding solutions to help fix them, The job contains seing a lot of Mental Health prisoners, so seeing people self-hard is a regular occurance.
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Half days, great friends
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long shift patterns, draining, mentally challenging
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The role is a very demanding one, and there are never two days the same. We have a duty of care for the men in our charge and our paramount aim is to keep in custody the men the courts have given a custodial sentence to.
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Fast paced
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Long Hours
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I wouldn't take permanent role in any prison as pay is really bad like everywhere else as a permanent pharm tech. its not all rosy working in HMPS,you will be taking lot of abuses from prisoners but end of the day its worth it for the money you get paid.
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You really have to have a solid shell to not let this job get to you. Extremely dangerous, surrounded by the worst of the worst all day, constantly under threat of assault and under staffed
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Initially this job was exciting and productive and the staff and management were very professional and experienced and I enjoyed the first 18 years of this job. However, the job has changed completely beyond all recognition due to government policies and poor management.
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Organising parole hearings, dealing with professional body's and the general public.Working to deadlines.creating dossiers that can run up to 1000 pages. I have been doing this job for the last 9 years and indeed it is very challenging, there are approximately 650 prisoners who are all due a parole hearing at some point during there sentence.
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Loved my time (29 years) at HMP Coldingley in Surrey. A really good job with a lot of prospects and promotion opportunities. Only left as my Wife took medical retirement from the same company.
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I thoroughly enjoyed working as a prison officer.. this is why I am joining up again. The thrill of each day not knowing what it would bring.. the danger element was exciting
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A very negative environment for forward thinkers. Not a job for everyone due to the environment and culture. Very political in nature with limited back-up and support.
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No two days are the same at HMPS, you get to meet a range of people and help individuals develop to rehabilitation upon leaving custody. There is a lot you can use to support and help shape an individuals life. It is a challenging job to do but helping someone overcome their previous bad life experiences makes it worth it.
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Government organisations Varied position possibility of overtime stressful jo. Good pension reasonable rates of pay long term benefits overall not a bad employer
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Can be mentally and physically demanding, can put strain on relationships and multiple job role into one job title. Salary does not reflect responsibilities and job role involved.
Pros
Excellent work colleagues
Cons
lots of them.
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