Transitional Specialist (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 20 April 2017
I was really young when I did this, and did not feel like I had an appropriate amount of training to be left with an inmate that was recently released into the community. I often felt like that duties I was responsible for were out of my reach and unsafe.
Staff Training Coordinator (Current Employee) – Kingston, ON – 26 January 2017
The atmosphere and environment are very negative as it's all about locking people away and removing their freedoms. It's occasionally an extremely rewarding place to work because you have the most profound degree to make a change in the lives of offenders. The majority of offenders are not bad people but people that have done bad things. They totally have the potential to become law abiding citizens and once again return to be contributing members of society.
Aboriginal Program Officer (Current Employee) – Innisfail, AB – 29 July 2016
Great job for work advancement, diversity and benefits. Very dynamic job as you have a different day every day! I learned about compassion and a better understanding of the human condition. My co-workers were wonderful and I enjoyed the team work. The hardest part of my job was not taking it home with me.
Benefits and a secure job
Sometimes getting personally attached to the outcome.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 16 June 2016
Work with the Correctional Service of Canada allowed me to expand my repertoire of skills to more than I could have imagined. I was given complete responsibility for numerous projects, both locally based projects at the Ottawa Parole Office and those with a national scope at National Headquarters. I received an award for my work on these projects.
Employees at CSC often devote themselves to a lifetime career in Corrections. Many have a personal passion for working in this field.
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Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Beaver Creek Insitution, Gravenhurst, ON – 23 May 2016
While the pay and benefits are second to none and the pension plan is considered the "gold" standard the job itself has very little rewards. In a typical day as a Correctional Officer you can be expected to conduct walks and counts of the Institution, conducting searches of physical spaces and offenders or in emergency situations responding to alarms. The work itself tends to get very boring and you will receive little help from Management who for the most part tend to be self serving and view Officers with disdain.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Warkworth, ON – 4 May 2016
a great job in terms of security. staff cohesion is mediocre at times. overall a toxic work environment in which you are constantly under stress and the threat of danger to your personal safety is a real and daily threat.
Excellent career if you can handle being around very dangerous people
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – 25 August 2014
Started in 1995, have worked all levels of security across western Canada. Very secure career and you will never be laid off. This career is for people that can deal with the worst in people, people that have no/little respect for you and would harm you if they could.
Unique work environment with a great group of co-workers.
Storeskeeper (Former Employee) – Grande Cache, AB – 15 March 2013
The experience I had at CSC was great overall. The people were awesome and the environment taught me a lot about how I handle stressful situations. A typical day at work included working with male offenders, a lot of collaboration with co-workers to ensure the same thing wasn't completed by different people (the environment in the warehouse was fast paced and required constant communication), and some work on the machines (forklift and other equipment). Management was excellent, I always felt like I could come to them with problems and they laid out what was expected of me in an easy to understand manner. They also allowed me to come up with my own ideas of how I thought certain things needed to be done; I wasn't babied all the time throughout the day. The co-workers were also excellent; in an environment like a prison, communication and safety are key at all times. Everyone was friendly and I didn't feel alienated in any way, it was a very stress free and comfortable environment. The hardest part of the job was definitely working with the male offenders. The first few months were difficult because I wasn't really sure what to expect and I wasn't sure how I should treat the offenders. Over time, I accepted the fact that I was the one in charge and learned how to exercise this right which increased my leadership skills. It was also uncomfortable for a month or two because it is a high risk work environment and it took a while to feel safe. I also gained my forklift license there so I learned how to operate a forklift. The most enjoyable part of the job was running the equipment.more... Once I learned how to do it properly I felt empowered. Many of the jobs that needed to be completed at the warehouse required the use of some come kind equipment, so once I gained the knowledge on how to use the equipment I felt like a more important of the team.less
work hours (8-4), free forklift operators lisence, invaluable experiance
Correctional Officer/Manager (Former Employee) – Mission, BC – 22 February 2013
managing staff offenders and visitors a lot about how people behave senior management and middle management worked well together very dependable and trustworthy seeing someone get injured and seeing the victims my staff