Pros: good health insurance benefits compared to some private sector organizations, persi retirement participation.
Cons: lower wages compared to other local government & private sector entities, stressful work environment, lack of promotional opportunities within organization unless a commissioned deputy.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office is a decent organization if you have, or desire a career specifically in Law Enforcement and Public Safety. They do a good job of protecting the public, and running an efficient jail and other programs in the criminal justice and legal system.
However, if you do not wear a badge (non-commissioned) you are considered a 2nd class employee and very easily replaceable. Nearly half of the employees are non-commissioned. The organization as a whole does not practice the values they continually preach. They do not do the right thing both professionally and personally.
Employees are frequently told their work is appreciated, and to give feedback on improving areas of the organization, but those ideas are never implemented, rather those are disciplined and/or terminated for speaking up.
The management of several bureaus/divisions has been highly ineffective leading people. The executives of the organization are either unaware of what really goes on, or simply choose not to address and resolve issues as leaders should do.
There are good people working at this organization. I enjoyed several aspects of my job. Many are extremely stressed by their work environments and do their best to keep their job. To be successful in this organization you likely must become somebody you are not, by saying the right thing all the time & playing the political game with everyone around you.
Many of these elements are common in every organization. This organization does not treat its people well & continues to operate the same way expecting different results from it's employees. They do not value and reward your education, experience, or unique skills required for a given job role. Overall, it is not a desirable place to work or be involved with.