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Scottish Prison Service

Scottish Prison Service Employee Review

Good holidays, a lot of down time

Good holidays but can be a lot of time doing nothing. Most of the people are great to work with but others not so much. Has ups and downs


Good holidays and time off


Repetitive work and pay isn't really that great.

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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.0 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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Won't recommend for a black or coloured person over the age of 25...cause growth is slow there.

The job in the prison is basic and simple but they made it hard,scary and intimidating.That's why they have high staff turnover,they need staffs yet they relief people of thier jobs for a basic and easy job function as working in the prison is something I will never understand.


The college


Very pretentious staffs and managers, 8when there's little issues it's when you realise how fast they want to get rid of you.
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basic training and poor mentoring of new staff

Following a 6 weeks course at the SPS college you are returned to the establishment you will work at. You have the basic knowledge of the role but are then at the mercy of the more experienced staff to learn the individual posts. Some staff are very helpful but most resent the fact they have to assist new starts with learning the different posts and their role. Management seem to only value staff who are prepared to constantly work every shift going including working double shifts and rest days!


Job security


Long hours, very poor shift patterns for Operational Officers.
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Poor toxic work environment, Senior management more interested in the happiness of prisoners than the safety of their staff. FLMs more interested in impressing young attractive staff than doing their job properly. Anyone who speaks out against the wrongdoing is branded a troublemaker and gotten rid of. Typical day at work from start to finish usually involves dealing with and sorting out false promises that the inexperienced cowardly staff make and leave the confident staff to deal with. Only enjoyable part of the job is some of the good staff you meet. Nepotism is rife, with promotion favoured to those related through marriage, family or relationships, If you are a strong confident and intelligent member of staff who is not afraid to speak up, then management will be out to get you.
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Based on 92 reviews

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3.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.5 out of 5 stars for Management
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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