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I've worked for two state agencies in WA state: DOC and DSHS. DOC was by far the most forward in providing opportunities for growth.
Corrections Record Specialist (Former Employee), Tacoma, WAApril 8, 2014
I've worked for two state agencies in WA state: DOC and DSHS. DOC was by far the most forward in providing opportunities for growth.
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A job like no other. Everyday brings in new and unique experiences.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Monroe, WAOctober 23, 2013
Pros: fun place to learn team work and be good at it.
Cons: no educational incentives.
A typical day at Washington State Department of Corrections is not only challenging but fun. As an officer, you get to interact with offenders on daily and nightly basis depending on the shift you are assigned to work. However, the fun part is really establishing a report on how you carry yourself around offenders and staff. Everyone is unique in their – more... own ways. The emphasis on team can never be forgotten. The most enjoyable part of the job is being exposed to something different every day. Offenders are just like small kids. They try at most to outsmart officers whether by trying to bend rules or trying to get what they want at the expense of the rules set by policy. The hardest part of the job is basically not coming to work. Every time you miss you work, you miss something new. – less
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On.ly left so wife could be with her family members
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Last one was the Purdy Correction Center for womenMay 28, 2013
Pros: great benefit, great locations
Cons: at the womens prison female staff had to leave assigned posts to search female inmates, not the same in mens prison
Was an excellent work environment. Srong union. Good management. Rarely had to use the union.
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Cooperative staff and supervisors assist to maintain a positive work setting
Corrections Officer II (Current Employee), Gig Harbor, WAJanuary 29, 2013
This occupation combines a very structured work schedule which involves mundane and routine assignments with unexpected emergent situations that at any moment have the potential to further escalate into dangerous and stressful situations which may arise throughout any given shift.

Due to potential personal safety concerns, co-workers are generally – more... very cooperative with other officers in completing assigned tasks and duties in a timely manner with minimal supervision..

Professionalism is generally very good and has generated an extremely positive work environment. – less