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What is the best part of working at the company?Indigenous programming specializing in therapeutic correctional care lowering recidivism rates.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Correctional Service Staff lack of indigenous cultural understanding and support of indigenous healing practices.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Conflicting for minority indigenous staff.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Great with those supportive with an open mind and desire to see change in how corrections facilitates disciplinary action.
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New skills

Great place to work. Worked during COVID so was all work from home but good pay and great place to learn new skills. Budget allowed for new skill development and was encouraged to learn
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Absolutely terrible and back stabbing work place.

What is the best part of working at the company?Benefits are good. Only thing that is good with them. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Backstabbing from your co-workersWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?The worst place to work. Lie Lie and Lie some moreWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Go to work wearing a knife proof vest.
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Things are covered up, not inclusive, not about the actual work

Typical Day - basically ask if I can work due to it being the norm that people don’t work often. Have some ethical issue that you have to keep silent about because nothing will be done about it and you’ll likely be punished psychologically. What I’ve Learnt - there are pockets of safety but when your workplace is overcome by a clique it seems hopeless, that confidence can be eroded. Management - will hide flaws, stand up for corruption clearly against values, generally incompetent. Hardest part of the job - not being valued for doing a good job. The less you do the better. Most enjoyable part of the job - some people who are professional and care.


Salary, job security, some great staff (few and far between)


incompetence, issues won’t be listened to/acted on, hiring friends, culture of silence, unprofessionalism, bullying, cliquey
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Most rewarding career, proud to serve my country

What is the best part of working at the company?Challenging but worth it everydayWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Work overload. Stress from the clients. Always worrying about public safety. But rewarding at the same time.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Supportive, professional and rewardingWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Fast pace, never the same, always a new challenge, multi tasking
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Valuable experience working with incarcerated population

I had a great experience as a student nurse completing my last placement. Many of the staff have worked there for a long time, are experienced, professional, and attempt to provide health care services to the best of their ability. I learned medication administration, providing health care for a marginalized population, mental health assessments, and related administrative duties. Hardest part of the job is riding the fine balance between nursing care and organizational policies regarding safety.
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Great career

Lots of learning and opportunity for movement within the organization. Good work-life balance, benefits, pension, and salary. Your workplace culture and typical day at work experience will vary on the institution.
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Some bosses are really good, but they’re far and few between. Lots of bullying towards staff and inmates.

What is the best part of working at the company?Learning a lot. Experiencing a part of life that most people never see, but gaining more respect for front line police, health care workers.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Middle-management. A lot come straight out of university with a big degree. It should be mandatory that anybody working there have at least 1 to 5 years experience working for the private sector. They have too much power and authority to be thrown into these positions without appreciating other people, whether they’re inmates or their staff. They really need to experience having more for someone else prior to starting at CSC.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Stressful, busy, lots of worker-bees. Really great people in admin areas and working with inmates. Unfortunately, middle management does not appreciate the people working under them.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Very busy. Days go by fast. Lots of interaction with inmates, so you have to be very cognizant of what’s going on around you at all times.
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Environnement de travail assez difficile

Travail difficile mais avantages sociaux et salaire intéressant.


Avantages sociaux


Environnement difficile
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Horrific Organization. Spews discrimination and severe harassment problems

Never work for CSC. They do not care about you as a person Management is spineless and will do anything to cover for each other. Some jobs are not worth the money and benefits and this is one of them
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Productive and energetic where all members are collaboratively working togther

What is the best part of working at the company?Pension, benefits, stability, routine shift work, career with government What is the most stressful part about working at the company?watching the justice system decline What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Supportive and busy, safety and security is number 1What is a typical day like for you at the company?Busy monitoring, moving and facilitating rehabilitation in an institution
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Ok place to work

Pay is good for amount of work, but bad things can happen…. Can be stressful at times, but the companionship is the best part, lots of good people work there…
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Gestionnaire ne respecte pas les tâches soumis au candidat.

le gestionnaire ne m,a pas fait faire du tout de tâche en finance, qui est mon expertise. Il ne m'a parlé de rien. Il s'agissait d'un contrat de travail, alors j'ai fais le contrat et je n'ai rien dit.


Collègues très agréables


Gestionnaires ne respectent pas les tâches mentionnées en entrevue.
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It's a prison

You have to be okay with going into a prison everyday, it's not for everyone. You have to be unbiased and non judgemental. You facilitate change, but can't force it. It's a big place, so there's always workplace drama, but if you stay quiet and do your job, you'll be fine.
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Corrections Canada will ruin you .

They are trying to change the culture but it’s systemic and they have no accountability so they do whatever they want. They bring in flunky EX’s from other agencies , pay them 150 k plus to sit in an office and take orders from people in Ottawa that have never entered a prison . The incompetent get promoted and there is no rehabilitation for the offenders. Management goes to great lengths to hide all of the incidents the staff are expected to tolerate.


If you are a good ol boy you will thrive


Pay, pension isn’t livable, life expectancy will be shortened, too many to list .
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If you want an employer who will treat you horrible in every step of the way then this is for you. You will be micromanaged and treated like a subpar human.
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Good place to work!

This job is ideal for nurses with 2 to 4 years of nursing experience. Good head to toe assessment skills, wound care and emergency treatment skills would be an asset.
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Negative work environment

If you want job satisfaction, and a pat on the back in a positive work environment, this is not the job for you. If you want decent pay, and a decent pension and benefits plan. Sign up.


Good pay, decent benefits, lots of time off


Negative work environment, management, vendetta, no support, thankless job.
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Personnel compétent, gestionnaires de confiance, bonne conditions d'emploi.

Plusieurs parleraient de la grande famille correctionnelle, au niveau des opérations.


Stabilité d'emploi, possibilités d'avancement.


Des horaires sur les quarts de travail.
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Unhealthy environment

Decent benefits and pay. Job itself isn’t bad. But management makes this a nightmare place to work. Terrible communication, throwing people under the bus, nepotism, and promoting incompetence. Do not follow their own values and ethics mandates.




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Could not recommend in good conscience to anyone.

I would not recommend working for this department to anyone I truly care about. That is the main takeaway from my time here. There is a still a lack of inclusivity and equity. I wonder what staff retention rate is within this department and in each position. I get the overall sense that there is a lot of movement in and around the department overall. Working in this department has been one of the most stressful, disorganized and disorienting experiences.
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Based on 263 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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