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Dont do it!!
Corrections Officer (Former Employee) –  Shelton, WAJanuary 13, 2018
Spend your time in a job where you will appreciated. This place will ruin your mind and life. Bad hours and Low pay. Unintelligent people and very unsafe working environment.
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Fun place to work
Animal Caregiver - Prison Dog Training Program (Former Employee) –  Belfair, WADecember 28, 2017
Animal care, write reports, educate new employees. The people I woked with were great. Management was fair and east to get along with. The actual work itself was very rewarding.
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positive
Correctional Officer 2 (Former Employee) –  Federal Way, WA 98003November 16, 2017
it was good, easy treated well Lo pay but a good place to start a corrections career. I would recommended it to someone young starting out. it was good to work there.
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Good benefits but toxic work environment
RN (Former Employee) –  Shelton, WANovember 14, 2017
Most of the nurses that work here are great but I felt the supervisors had an alterior motive when it came to how they treat their nurses. One long standing LPN nurse gets preferential treatment possibly because she is a shop stewart for the union and also contributes to creating a toxic environment for the rest of the nursing team by spreading rumors and constantly complaining to supervisors about other nurses. I found dealing with the supervisors and this one LPN nurse in particular more stressful than giving nursing care to dangerous offenders so had to leave.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Toxic work environment, nurse bullying
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Fine place to work
Community Corrections Officer (Former Employee) –  Olympia, WAJuly 8, 2017
Policies are clear. Community safety is priority number 1. People are friendly, benefits are good. No real complaints. Things are good////.........
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Really bad managment
RN Staff Nurse (Former Employee) –  Shelton, WAMay 30, 2017
This place is always looking for nurses mainly because it is so dysfunctional. The RN 3's create a toxic environment and treat agency nurses like trash so they don't stay either. The work is good but when the inmates treat you better than the managers and a couple of troublemaker floor nurses that are protected by the dysfunctional managers, you understand why they can't keep good nurses. Also, very poor relationship between custody and medical.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Toxic working environment. Dysfunctional
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Working in a prison can be challenging.
Correctional Sergeant (Former Employee) –  Shelton, WAApril 26, 2017
Staff were pretty solid. Prison environment tends to be negative. Lots of overtime. Advancement opportunities available if you do well on state exam.
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Nursing jobs
Nurse (Current Employee) –  Monroe, WAFebruary 18, 2017
Majority of coworkers are great but some are toxic but can't be fired. Supervisors are truly terrible. No advancement for RNs. LPNs do same job as RNs with less pay. All are underpaid. Custody is especially underpaid for this dangerous job so turnover makes everyone less safe. Most nurses never get a weekend off. Never praised for job well done but only criticized. Inmates harm themselves and others. A lot of mental health problems and lies and manipulation. That applies to management too!
Pros
Job security. Variety of experiences. Pension if you don't die early due to stress.
Cons
Power and control of Management. Schedules. Underpaid. Prison issues!
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Best Job of my life!
Practicum Student - Psychology (Former Employee) –  Belfair, WashingtonSeptember 13, 2016
Typical work days are flexible and management staff are always looking for ways to build work relationships and improve atmosphere. Co-workers were always helpful and happy. The hardest part of the job is being in a prison. The most enjoyable part is being there with the inmates and co-workers.
Pros
The staff is amazing
Cons
Learning to navigate prison
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Interesting and Rewarding Work
HR Consultant (Current Employee) –  Lacey, WAAugust 11, 2016
I have found WA State DOC to be an extremely interesting place to work. Dedicated staff working hard to fulfill a challenging mission. DOC does so many great things in our communities, I have really enjoyed being a part of this organization.
Pros
Interesting, challenging work, outstanding benefits, great people
Cons
Public perception
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Doc
Community Corrections Specialist (Current Employee) –  Everett, WAJuly 16, 2016
Good salary and benefits. Good work schedule. Some good coworkers. Some incompetent coworkers. Public safety driven employees at lower levels.
Poor and incompetent management who poorly pretend to care about their staff who do the hard work on a daily basis.
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Great officers and leadership to work with and for.
Sergeant (Former Employee) –  Monroe, WAMay 11, 2016
Loved working here it was a great experience to be had. The fellow officers were great always looking out for each other.
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avoid doc
Office Assistant 2 (Former Employee) –  Tumwater, WAApril 5, 2016
dealing with the most difficult situations and people has consequences. The people are bitter and jaded, the work is repetitive and unsatisfying
Pros
benefits
Cons
doc workforce
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Great people
Correction and Custody Officer (Former Employee) –  Tumwater, WAJanuary 25, 2016
Great people to work with always concerned about one another, very knowledgeable and giving. However I was always around inmates and safety was a concern. State budget did not allow for extra safety measures or training.
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Excellent Benefits
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) –  Monroe, WAJanuary 9, 2016
A very professional place to work where emphasis on safety and security is not a day to day requirement but is in fact a minute to minute requirement.
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Rewarding Place of Work
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Aberdeen, WASeptember 25, 2015
Overall good place to work. Although unsteady work in the beginning worth the wait for a Full Time positions. Great benifits and pay.
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High stress level environment
Secretary Senior (Current Employee) –  Toppenish Field OfficeJune 29, 2015
The Dept. of Corrections on any given day can be a day of seeing 6 offenders to 35 offenders on a report day and daily. It can be very stressful dealing with upset offenders or family members due to a loved one being placed in jail. I have learned to keep my self in check and that my body language and my words can change a situation very fast.
My co-workers and myself work as a team a very good support unit so we are able to keep open communication throughout the office.
The hardest part of my job I would say, is not having control of dangerous situations. The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to work in an office with staff that are open and are proactive.
Pros
Positive work environment with effective communication
Cons
Added on job duties with no compensation but an expectation
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Different learning experience
Food Services Specialist / Cook (Former Employee) –  Stilicoom,WAMay 23, 2015
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.
Pros
The staff cool to work with each day.
Cons
Nervouse with inmates.
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exciting, challenging and fast paced situation
Community Corrections Officer (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAMay 9, 2015
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 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.
Pros
learning, supportive envir
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Great Benefits and people
Washington State Correctional Officer II/Sergeant (Former Employee) –  Airway Heights, WAApril 22, 2015
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 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.
Pros
Tight Group of co-workers and Mid-Level Supervisors
Cons
Manipulation of female staff by inmates.
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