Special Project Manager (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 26 September 2018
I loved my job at the Province of Manitoba and the challenges that came with it. I loved the various clients that I was assigned to and the fun of working out space problems for large and small works groups.
Management have a severe disconnect from front line staff. All employees are just numbers and are treated as such. Management tries to bully staff in similar ways they would inmates.
Poor morale due to poor leadership skills from supervisors and senior management.
Lots of gossip and can be a toxic work environment.
Corrections has a high rate of PTSD. MB government recently had a study into mental health in corrections and how they treat staff. The government got a very bad report back.
The MGEU is a weak union and does not properly represent correctional staff needs as the MGEU caters to other workers in the civil service.
Stress and mental health issues are very common in this career and the support and training to prepare you for it is minimal. EAFP is provided but the quality of councilors are very poor. Most staff will not return to see councilors at EAFP due to poor experience. Staff ends up seeking help from a private counselor service or from the bottom of a alcohol bottle.
Job security used to be good. But with the conservative government manipulating prison numbers with the courts giving out more promises to appears to dangerous offenders, probations not breaching inmates, etc... inmate numbers are low and the province has started closing units. No staff has been laid off as of yet but that's because they put you in the part time pool so you will be on call 24/7.
You dont start out fulltime permanent but you are put in the part time pool on call 24/7 where you will sit by your phone for the next 7 years plus until a full time spot is available.more...
Majority of corrections officers would leave the job instantly if they could find s close paying job. But they are trapped as you only require a GED to be a CO. Staff will start and be paid 26hr.... after 5 years goes up to 34hr. Staff get themselves trapped in the job by making large purchases that they have to pay off. Unfortunately you dont realize how toxic the work environment is for you until about 1 or 2 years... so then your stuck.less
Good salary, good time off, some good co workers, decent benefits
Shift work, start out in part time pool, long time till full time, high levels of stress, high risk of mental health issues, poor leadership, job security isnt as good as it once was.
The Province offers employees options for professional development, and has generous employee benefits and a reasonable workload. Managers also provide employees with a generous degree of autonomy in performing their work.
My experience with Province of Manitoba was great. It provided me an exposure to the dynamics of Public Sector and assisted in developing my political acumen. I would not like to reveal my actual work as its confidential.
Direct Service Worker (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 23 February 2018
I Assist individuals to develop relationships with others and achieve personal goals. I also enable personal choice and treat participant with dignity and respect, provide a caring approach to participant needs. I also have experienced working with children, youth and adults with physical and Assist individuals to develop relationships with a others and achieve personal goals. I had chance to accumulate Experience working with children, youth and adults with physical and intellectual challenges (worked in challenging and non-challenging situations). I was expected to be Impartial, do not impose personal judgment and expectation on family or care recipient. I was expected to Respect family lifestyle and choices regarding religious, cultural and nutritional preferences for client. I was expected to understand and put into practice CRS policies and procedures, and follow Workplace Health and Safety plan including the Working Alone plan
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – all provincial jails – 4 November 2017
working in Manitoba jails has it pro's and cons.
The pro side is the job security and high pay for basically babysitting.. unfortunitly you don't have to watch your back for inmates,... you have to watch your back from other staff as it seems they become superhereos when they put a uniform on and they are perfect (in there own eyes)
to become a correctional officer you must take and pass a 2 month training course, and 2 weeks of that training deals with how you deal with other staff and gossip etc.. ITS BAD!!!!!!!!
and after you pass the course and start the job, nobody follows what they were trained to do.. management is not seen or heard throughout the jail
The management team are soul sucking parasites who go out of their way to treat staff and some judges badly, second guess our every move and do things their way whether it is the right way or not. I have nothing but disdain for management and feel sorry for their next sucker. Still can't figure out how they are even still here. If they got rid of some dead weight managers it might be good to be here.
I like the people I work with, they are very friendly and love what they do. There is plenty opportunity to move up in your career and to educate yourself through work. I would recommend a career in government to anyone especially young people to start and grow their life long career with a great pension and possible early retirement. The benefits are great, the pay is great, the opportunities are endless.
Benefits, Career Advancement, Pay, People, Culture, Work Experience, Workflow, Pension
Can be a fun place to work. For the most part the co-workers are easy to get a long with. As a security guard. Get to see the insides of a few historic buildings, and learn about them. Which is interesting. But when starting off as a casual/part time worker. There is very little chance to move into a full time position. The only way to get a full time position, is to be related to some one in management. Or good friends, with supervisors. Management, is aware of this but just ignores it. As they do with most issues that happen with the employees.
I have worked for 2 different deptartments within the government I do enjoy my position with family services however did not enjoy my position with Sheriff's as much mostly because of the work schedule.