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Not like it used to be
Trooper (Former Employee), Tukwila, WADecember 8, 2014
Pros: great co workers
Cons: terrible command staff, low pay
WSP was a great organization to work for, WAS, great troopers, sergeants. But over the past 6 years it has progressively gotten worse. Command Staff is out of touch with the Troopers and actual line employees. The command staff holds an Us Vs Them mentality with the Troopers and Sergeants. There is a huge emphasis on numbers, the command staff has "goals" which is a PC word for quota. If you are not meeting their "goals" you are punished by not attending training or your part time specialty position. Unfortunately the agency does not value actual police work, but treats the job like a factory job demanding numbers. The command staff facilitated raises for themselves, but the Troopers continue to be well below average in compensation and benefits.
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Mismanagement and poor decision making
Manager (Former Employee), Olympia, WAMay 4, 2014
Pros: union
Cons: too strict, terrible management, and lack of growth opportunities.
A lot of office drama, politics, unnecessary spending, and poor decisions being made. I cannot see how this agency will grow because they lack the ability to see the long-term. They also are not willing to take input from lower-level employees.
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Rewarding Career
Sergeant (Current Employee), Spokane, WAFebruary 12, 2014
Pros: take home car, no commute time to get to work, opportunity for promotion, variety of different positions.
Cons: pay needs improving, work late nights, weekends and holidays, potentially dangerous job.
The Washington State Patrol is a State Law Enforcement agency. It's Troopers are engaged in law enforcement activities like traffic enforcement, collision investigations, criminal investigations, dignitary protection, aviation, detectives and SWAT to name a few. Another great thing about the WSP is the freedom which comes from the job. Troopers have the ability to transfer to any area of the State to do the job of a trooper. There are many opportunities available to troopers to pursue any of the above mentioned jobs within the agency. It provides great benefits but the pay compared to other agencies within the State of Washington falls well below the 50th percentile. Seems as though there is hope for pay raises in the near future. A great place to call your career and it becomes part of your family, and your identity.
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Washington State Patrol
Communications Officer (Current Employee), Bellevue, WAMarch 16, 2013
Pros: great benefits package, awesome co-workers, the satisfaction of successfully serving the public and law enforcement, each day is new and exciting.
Cons: little to no breaks or decompression time, high stress environment, constant change in schedule and disruption of sleep patterns, family and outside activities, the job becomes your life.
Controlled chaos.
A continuous learning process. You must keep current with policies, and procedures and there are so many in this agency. You are dealing with the lives of law enforcement, as well as, the public's safety. Therefore you must be able to perform the job at hand quickly and efficiently.
Management provides everything you need in order to succeed.
My co-workers never hesitate to help in any way possible. It is truly
a family.
The most difficult part of the job would be the schedule and the inability to plan outside activities. Our schedules constantly rotate, overtime is often necessary, and to keep abreast with current policies and procedure one must use personal time for study.
What I enjoy the most is that everyday presents its own set of challenges that you must work through. There is ever a dull moment with the State Patrol and I have been proud to serve.
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Not Fun
Trooper (Former Employee), Bellevue, WAFebruary 22, 2013
Get to work, make several peoples day bad. Clear collisions and arrest drunks.
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Great agency to work for overall!
Fingerprint Technician (Current Employee), Olympia, WASeptember 29, 2012
The jobs are secure, the people are nice and the employees are treated with respect.
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Criminal Justice Agency
Administrative Assistant III (Current Employee), Olympia, WASeptember 17, 2012
The WSP is a professional law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life of citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.
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Awesome company to work for
Office Assistant (Former Employee), Bellevue, WAJune 16, 2012
Pros: jeans on fridays
I learned a lot pertaining to law enforcement there as there is always a class being offered to teach you something. I enjoyed the people I worked with and I just loved this job. If I ever moved back to Washington state, I will go back there.
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Fun place to work
Secretary Senior (Former Employee), Olympia, WAJune 5, 2012
Pros: fun and family-like feel
Cons: not a lot of promotion potential
I loved working for State Patrol. In the administrative section is not any career growth. One would have to transfer throughout the agency for that. But the workload was sufficient and the leadership was awesome. This agency was like family.