Washington State Department of Corrections Employee Reviews

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Different learning experience
Food Services Specialist / Cook (Former Employee), Stilicoom,WAMay 23, 2015
Pros: The staff cool to work with each day.
Cons: Nervouse with inmates.
Each day was different working at an Correctional facility. The staff were good to work with I learned a lot sad they had shut it down because of budget cuts.
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exciting, challenging and fast paced situation
Community Corrections Officer (Current Employee), Vancouver, WAMay 9, 2015
Pros: learning, supportive envir
I was a student involved in Criminal Justice doing an internship for the Department of Justice, under the direction of the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Washington Sate University.
The hardest – more... part of the job was juggling single parenthood at the time, while attending full time at the University. The most enjoyable part of the situation was that I relished learning new and exciting facts, and then actually putting them to work. – less
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Great Benefits and people
Washington State Correctional Officer II/Sergeant (Former Employee), Airway Heights, WAApril 22, 2015
Pros: Tight Group of co-workers and Mid-Level Supervisors
Cons: Manipulation of female staff by inmates.
Long hours for those willing to put them in, lower management are exceptional people who are always willing to help. Just as with any department or organization that has to deal with inmates, manipulation – more... of staff causes many to lose their jobs. Qualified in every position as Correctional Officer II and Sergeant. Had some issues with some co-workers and higher echelon with their interpretations, however, prior to being able to resolve all issues, had to leave to care for father in law for his health and who eventually passed away recently. – less
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Positive work environment that promotes unity and diversity
Intern Project Manager (Former Employee), Spokane, WAMarch 9, 2015
Pros: positive & unified work environment; training
Cons: budget cuts at this time
The environment of DOC HR department is a respectable, creating a family type environment. The HR Director and Managers strive to provide education and information to its employees that assist the front line DOC workers. In return, front line workers are able to perform their jobs knowing that the Human Resource department to looking out for the employees best interest.
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Classified
Office Assistant (Former Employee), Monroe, WAJanuary 13, 2015
A good place to work, no advancement available. Have fun. There is not more to tell about this job. It was too long ago.
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High Speed Low Drag, Very Stressful
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Olympia, WADecember 29, 2014
You never know what to expect when you enter a penal institution. Every day provides a new challenge.

I learned how to effectively communicate with a very diverse population of people that come from all – more... walks of life. I can typically diffuse hostile situations utilizing my training in "Communication" which places an emphasis on the individual actively and constructively thinking about what they are upset about. Listen to the person, and hear their issue. Ask them what outcome they feel is appropriate. Depending on their answer, provide the least desirable outcome and how it will affect them first. Then follow up with one or two more positive / constructive resolutions. This deescalation technique often allows a very hostile person to calm down on their own without further incident. Any job within the Law Enforcement community is highly stressful and it takes a unique individual to weather that storm day after day.

As an Officer I often felt like the middle man. On one hand the inmates were always upset about something, and on the other hand management was always questioning the day to day decisions that we (as Officers) were forced to make. The one and only thing that I will miss about law enforcement is the camaraderie felt between my fellow brothers and sisters in blue.

The most enjoyable part of the job is very rare. However, occasionally you feel that you've made a positive difference in someones life. Sometimes it can be in the form of a lecture, a life lesson, or simply leading by example. It is an amazing feeling when a person tells you that they chose to take the right path, or make a positive decision based on a previous interaction that they had with me. It has only happened a handful of times in over 7 years, but it's a feeling that I'll never forget. – less
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Loved this place
Correction Officer (Former Employee), Washington StateOctober 21, 2014
I was enrolled in the Correction Officer Academy; learned pat searches, cuffing, defensive skills, paper work etc.
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Correctional Officer
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Medical Lake, WASeptember 8, 2014
Pros: pay, benefits, possibility of overtime
Cons: disgruntled officers and government politics
Work can become routine. Dealing with offender population can be tough. You need to have thick skin and be prepared to be called in at anytime when starting off. Like many employers, supervision can be – more... tough. There are some amazing supervisors and there are some horrible ones. Politics and union contracts protect seasoned officers who should be moved into another state position or retire. Shift work. – less
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Specialist with the Department of Corrections
Family Services Specialist (Current Employee), Tumwater, WashingtonApril 29, 2014
Pros: flexibility in work hours, self satisfaction for doing your job well.
Cons: limited promotional opportunities
The best aspect of my job is helping others and feeling like you are appreciated for the work that you do. Each day is different no two days are alike. Co-workers are great to work with and possess the same team goals. My colleagues are fantastic people,
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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 – more... 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 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 – more... dangerous and stressful situations which may arise throughout any given shift.

Due to potential personal safety concerns, co-workers are generally 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