Officer (Former Employee) – London SE, Greater London – 6 May 2018
This job is very interesting, you will meet people from all backgrounds and from all nationalities with all different needs. It can be a very rewarding job but aslo very stressful because you will witness things you would not normally see.
Overall the prison service has been a very good experience for me, promoting teamwork but also allowing you to express yourself and work with minimum supervision. The work is routine based, however, you never know what is going to happen from day to day. It can be a very challenging but at the same time very rewarding with a great deal of job satisfaction.
I enjoy working within a team but can also work with minimum supervision. Workplace culture is something I would think that can be alien to most people but that feeling of helping someone and a job well done is very satisfying.
Senior Officer (Former Employee) – All Over – 9 April 2018
I worked at various HMP’s over many years. At first it was ok but at a certain prison in Redditch the bullying towards one member of staff was off the scale. She was brilliant at her job and I believe other staff resented it. No support from management, staff bully inmates and laugh about it then moan when the prisoners turn on them. Great if you’re a bully or a thug. But if you genuinely want to help someone you’d be in the wrong job.
Good place to work great team. As you rely on each other for support
Maintenance Operative (Current Employee) – Redditch – 27 February 2018
I joined the service in 1993 as a prison officer which I did for the first 12 months before moving into the works department which I found I was more suited to. I learnt a lot of new skills and became trained as a locksmith. I always imagined I would be there until I retired but our department was put in the hands of a private sector company who have no experience of prison maintenance. Which has lead to many long serving experienced staff leaving. As I will be
Great bunch of staff members
Working in a sometimes disturbing and scary environment
I worked as a prison officer for just over 13 years. As you can imagine I have seen it all. Nowadays the bad days overrule the good days. Prisoners are running the houseblocks. New staff are generally 18-23 with very little life experience, new staff are learning the job from staff with less than 12 months experience. The amount of serious assaults against staff has risen 10 fold, with honestly very little consequence to the offenders. I certainly would not recommend this job to anybody. Very few supportive governors, most governors are out to further their own career by stepping on the shop floor staff. The service needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. Prison officers are being promoted to senior officers after just coming out of 12 months probation. Think would you want to go home every single night worrying what you had to walk back into the next day? Whether you were going to get seriously assaulted, covered in human excrement, slashed across the face with a razor melted into a toothbrush, find a prisoner hanging, dead! Is it worth it for just over £20k??
Commaradrie, overtime payments.
Daily assaults, high stress rates, inept governors
A failing organisation which puts nepotism and appeasement above the basic point of the Service. The remuneration for the demands of the job fails to recognise the complexity, danger and necessary skills. Underfunded, abysmally managed, in dire need of root and branch reform.
pay, working conditions, risk of assaults, no management support
Prison Officer (Current Employee) – Sutton, Greater London – 11 February 2018
Lots of commardie, no day is the same, continuous learning , only leaving as due to retire. Need to be compassionate, caring but stay in control. You have good days and bad days but the good outweigh the bad. Be prepared for the out ragous. Sometimes you can be mother, father, care worker.
Prison officer (Current Employee) – Hm prison service – 27 January 2018
violence and bullying on a daily basis. Management don't care about staff unless it's an issue that could go to Press. Daily assaults on staff- leading to high levels of sickness and stress levels. Officers commit to long hours, working understaffed, in dangerous surroundings, for absolutely no respect in return.
Training provides good transferable skills that other jobs may desire
Long hours, wage doesn't match the risk of the job, management don't care about staff
Proson officer (Former Employee) – HMP Liverpool – 24 January 2018
The prison service is a good career with lots of variety. It requires both team players and staff who can work as an individual. I have been lucky enough to have worked at Liverpool prison for 32 years.
Prison Officer (Former Employee) – Full Sutton, East Riding of Yorkshire – 23 January 2018
need time off due to serious illness or hospitalization? you will get the sack. management don't listen even when serious security issues are raised. extremely high incidents of staff bullying other members of staff. management ignore.
low staffing levels putting untrained support grades on wings pit officers at risk.
you definitely do not come out with what they advertise. more like 19k
Very demanding job just don't do it no support what so ever
Prison Officer (Current Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 20 December 2017
Very demanding job no need to mention stress 10 miles walk per shift 🤣 mostly no ones know what they are doing prisoners are like betari box some are bad. Money HMP pay is very low compare to what they ask you to do long process of job application then training then massive SHOCK when you start job but you'll be okay 😁
Big thing is you are no where near paid for what you go through and make a mistake and that it you could be facing bars your self good luck with it and you need a big one