Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
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Interesting place to work
There are many roles and many things to be constantly learning. There is some training. There is no typical day at work and it will be very stressful at times.
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Don't play with your life!
Your up against the staff in the jail more so then the convicts. Whether it be healthcare, kitchen, workshop staff or uniformed staff. Management like to create the powderkeg atmosphere within the place, won't be satisfied until you get assaulted, officers lifes are cheap, please reconsider. Officers lifes are as cheap as the uniform they provide you with.
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If you want a job for life- it's here
There countless roles within the probation service and the opportunity to progress is high. However even if you are currently doing that job as an act up/ TDA it is not guaranteed. I have seen countless staff apply for jobs they have been doing for over a year- and doing well. And they have been unsuccessful during a recruitment campaign
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Flexible working hours
Cons
Poor promotion structure
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Poor people management
No work/life balance.
Never finish work on time.

No real support.

Micro-managed.

No consistency .

Cant plan anything due to no definite finish.

Time off is hard to get even if you have TOIL to take.
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Prison Service
In the roles I have had at the above organisation I had a great experience. it focuses on work life balance which is very helpful and makes it comfortable to work and have your personal life too. The environment is a very friendly and supportive place to be in and people make you feel welcome and comfortable. The management are supportive and understanding when you need a day off to come in late or leave early for personal reasons. I had learned to manage a heavy caseload and to prioritise what was most important
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Flexible working pattern
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Initially I was incredibly excited to join HMPPS, and planned a long career within the organisation. Under staffing and under funding has blighted my experience so far, rendering the organisation a stressful and at times dangerous place to work.
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Great place to work
Great place of work if you like pressure. Can be so rewarding helping people getting there life back on track. Salary for the work you carry out is not as good as some people think.
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Stressful, unrewarding
Stressful days, unappreciated, not supported by management and those that want to support are none and in-between. Very little flexibility, salary does not even begin to match the job.
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I cannot complain about working here, the staff benefits are good such as flexible working and full holiday pay. Good managers who know their stuff. Great place
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Team work is essential
Loved it here however there are no progression opportunities available.People who I have worked with have been there for years and have been stuck in the same department with no opportunities to develop further.
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Hmpps
HMPS is a very different environment to work in. It is culturally diverse with many personalities working alongside like one big happy family. A person can get daily job satisfaction working in this environment, but it is not for everyone. I would recommend it.
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Poor managment
The management in hmpps is very poor and corrupt. The service crys out for staff but is happy to bully and under vaule all its staff when it suits.

As a Prison officer you don't get enough money or support for the life threatening situations you are made to face
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Special Work Place
Great team which is doing its best to work in a very difficult environment along with having a duty of care for those committed by the law to serve time in prison.
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interesting and exciting
this is not a job for the feint hearted but it gives you experiences that you can use in life and in work that money cant buy. I would recommend it highly.
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A very challenging enviroment
Every day is different and brings new challenges. The environment can be dangerous and is one you are constantly reviewing.
Management can be a constant challenge as you are managing two very different areas. You learn fast and develop very good interpersonal skills. I learnt a lot from working in this environment and still use a lot of the skills i learnt from this times.
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Challenging yet rewarding
Anything you wish to know about my time working for HMPPS you may do so in person, it is not something I have any issues with however due to the sensitive nature of the job it is not something I am comfortable discussing openly on here.
Pros
Strong pension and decent wage, excellent colleagues
Cons
Long Hours, no real shift pattern, mentally exhausting
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Cut throat nature
Backstabbing culture of bullying and gloating contest. everyone walks around as if they are the bee's knees. The management hasn't got a clue and no one is there to back you up 90 per cent of the time. the uniform doesn't meet the needs of the job and work using hand me down equipment from the police.
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Good if you like a scrap
Cons
everything else.
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good staff in general but disorganised and little structure
the job has it's moments and there is good team binding however there is little structure and it feels very disorganised most of the time.
you have very little time to be able to perform your duties which invariably causes conflict.
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Great job
Great job but poor management. Due to staff shortages due to a government incentive to split the probation service, it has destroyed a fantastic service which is now at breaking point.
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good job
good job but there are a few negatives particularly the prisoners, naturally stressful environment. The teams are excellent and there is a real team ethic
Pros
teams
Cons
wierd shifts
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