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Hard stressful job
Control Room Operator (Former Employee) –  Bridgend14 May 2018
I personally found it unfriendly, harsh with long hours and constant criticism. Would have excelled at job if workplace culture was less critical and managers were more supportive rather than out to get new people for making mistakes after only 12 weeks training.
Pros
interesting
Cons
Poor support from collegues or managers
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Excellent
Switchboard Operator (Current Employee) –  Bridgend, Bridgend23 April 2018
Excellent company to work for but they can’t give me extra hours and this is something I am looking for, although on a part time basis only

Thank you
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Friendly staff
Work Experience Student (Former Employee) –  Bridgend, Bridgend27 February 2018
Enjoyed working with the dogs and horses and getting to learn about how they are trained and where they go on duty . It was a fun experience and I would like to do it again
Pros
Being with animals
Cons
Not getting to ride the horses
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work experience
Secondary Education Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Cardiff20 January 2018
work experience, able to interact with staff, understand procedures and gain information from all personnel levels of the department and gain experience of working hours in a thriving environment. Due to confidential information and sensitive material provided I am unable to elaborate on finer details.
Pros
good
Cons
good
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Excellent place
HR Business Partner (Current Employee) –  Brdigedn20 October 2017
great colleagues, unfortunately not enough hours in the day to complete everything to a brilliant solution. Also due to govt cuts not enough staff to complete everything
Pros
Colleagues
Cons
not enough hours and staff to do the best role
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Rewarding Career
Police Community Support Officer (Current Employee) –  Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff13 October 2017
Dealing with members of the public daily

Gained A1 Assessor qualification

Strong Management

Fun, rewarding, fast paced

dealing with deaths

helping
Pros
Helping people in need. Meeting different people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Cons
Long hours that impacts on your family.
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Good place to work and find new friends
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  South Wales Police. UK29 September 2017
Long hours and you are under pressure all of the time. Good pay. Have to work longer now to get your pensions. Have to work well into your 60s, which is not too good.
Pros
Meet good people
Cons
Long hours
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Very supportive colleagues
Police Community Support Officer (Current Employee) –  Neath, Neath Port Talbot6 September 2017
Working for the police is like having a second family everyone is there to help and support you . There are lots of different areas you branch off to and specialise in.
Pros
Good shift pattern.
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An excellent career
Police Officer (Current Employee) –  Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff29 August 2017
Everyday was different working for SWP as a police officer there were fresh challenges and it became a vocation in life.

I learnt true values of working as a team and I was able to work alongside some great people
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Great work knowledge and skills
Special Constable (Former Employee) –  Townhill and Sketty, Swansea25 August 2017
This is the perfect job to build your knowledge and work skills for future jobs. It will teach you about the laws, your customer service skills, how to handle difficult and hard situations. It will also teach you who you are as a person, to show compassion towards other people. It helps the community and it makes you feel you're doing something different.
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Modern Policing?
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Bridgend, Bridgend9 August 2017
From a 'frontline' perspective, police management have gone far too much toward pleasing everyone except their own staff. Today's Political Correctness is stretched to include idiotic matters which reduce the effectiveness of those tasked with keeping law and order.
Pros
Comradery
Cons
Modern managers
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active and rewarding
Special Constable (Former Employee) –  Swansea24 July 2017
As a special constable the duties differ slightly to those of a regular officer. Variety of duties. No time to get bored as one day is never the same as another.
Pros
satisfaction
Cons
stress
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Great career prospects/room to grow
Call Handler (Former Employee) –  Cardiff7 July 2017
Whilst often working in a high pressured environment due to the nature of business, the opportunities to further your career are endless.
Work life balance can sometimes be compromised but this can be resolved with the right management team on board.
Pros
Great pay scale
Cons
Long hours/often stressful demanding tasks
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enjoyed working here
Personal Assistant/Administrator (Former Employee) –  Bridgend28 June 2017
Enjoyed working at South Wales Police, opportunities to progress if you so wish to. Lots of training to go on if you were interested in progressing yourself.
Pros
good pension
Cons
hard to get into different departments
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Detective/Police Constable (Former Employee) –  Swansea9 May 2017
Mostly a fun workplace with great camaraderie. However a very high pressure job where everyone carried huge workloads and appeared to receive little thanks from many victims as well as other agencies who were supposed to be working with us. We were also required to work overtime, sometimes 20 hour shifts without argument.
Pros
Good camaraderie, and job satisfaction when a good result acchieved.
Cons
Sometimes very long hours, lack of gratitude from some victims and outside agencies, massive work pressures and workloads.
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An excellent employer.
Detective Inspector (Current Employee) –  Bridgend, Bridgend17 April 2017
An excellent employer which provides great career opportunities supported by the ethos of the Police family and the support networks in place. This is a challenging opportunity for someone who is driven and motivated to serve the public. South Wales Police will do the rest and provide training and equimement enabling you to deliver quality a quality service to the public.
Pros
Great Police family environment
Cons
Heavy workloads and long hours.
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Poor working environment
Clerical/admin assistant (Current Employee) –  Cardiff Police Staion9 March 2017
Two ters, Police and civilians,not good work ethic, a great deal of harassment and poor recognition,

No chance of promotion, as ex police officers always have better jobs
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Reliable employer
Civil Controller (Former Employee) –  Bridgend9 March 2017
i enjoyed time with SWP, especially the camaraderie of the staff. Exciting job with fairly good prospects and job security. Fun atmosphere with fellow colleagues.
Pros
Good salary
Cons
Shift work
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Poor management and lack of respect for personal life
Police Constable (Current Employee) –  South Wales police10 January 2017
Difficult job not very rewarding due to dealing with so many savoury characters the balance is all wrong and there's never any gratitude for good work. Management are very restricting and there is no officer discretion. The police cancel many of your rest days to suit shortages in staff and there is no consideration for plans already made. If your called for court it will most often be your only rest days before going straight back into your normal six days on.
Pros
Steedy income
Cons
Long hours never finish on time don't get paid for working on.
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Rewarding and varied career
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Cardiff City28 December 2016
A demanding career which is not for many but it brings out many character traits which you think you did not have, abili6to think on your feet to problem solved and to support other.
To be assertive when required..ultimately a rewarding career.
Pros
Pension and wages
Cons
Long hours and unsociable hours of employment
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