Department of Justice and Community Safety
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Great to work with passionate colleagues, but hamstrung by ineffective leadership

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Your colleagues are all passionate and will want to deliver great outcomes, but the leadership are only focussed on the political side of things, with all decision-making being removed from areas and only handled by the very top. Can be frustrating from that end, but worth working for.
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Job and work went well

I enjoyed working at the department as I came across the opportunity to become a mental health first aider and also completed my public compliance course.

Pros

Free meals were provided because of COVID-19 Quarantine policy

Cons

Shift working
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Meet great people from varied backgrounds, and different positions in life.

Like My fellow co-workers, i was hoping to stay within the Department.Glad I had the opportunity to meet new friends, If I was able to get another chance to be involved I'd jump for another opportunity.The negatives I found, was certain department chose not to follow curtain decisive procedures.
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Productive

Good environment, strict procedures and rules, great work culture, generous salary. Great opportunity to assist community during the covid 19 pandemic .

Pros

Great salary

Cons

Temporary job assignment
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Too many casualisation of positions even though this is a public service entity

Too many casualisation of positions even though this is a public service entity that should be setting example for private companies. Short term contracts means that you are constantly stressed psychologically due to job insecurity.

Pros

Generally nice work culture and generous annual and sick leaves

Cons

High turnover in vacancy means team growth and bonding are frequently disrupted, which leads to stress/overwork for employees as vacant positions are not filled on time
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Different types of roles in the work place , advancement

Training can be hard and not up to scratch at times.Starting and finishing times are on time .Good social times with weekend cook up . Access to computers

Pros

Wearing a uniform

Cons

Long hours and no phone access, having a non paid 1/2 hr lunch break with difficulty getting out of the jail to cafes etc
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Justice system with laws and regulation

Although there were numerous bureaucratic processes relating to government systems with decisions made by state officials, project teams worked well together.

Pros

Continuous learning and "Know How" Forums open to all

Cons

Bureaucracy and delays in approvals
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Long hours, shiftwork

The job is team focused, stressful at times, stable, management is not always supportive, the culture is sometimes not positive, male dominated, shiftwork, good people to work with overall.

Pros

stable job

Cons

long hours, stressful
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Inadequate or no supervision, management uncaring, and training ad-hoc.

Working nine to ten hour days normalised by management. Overworked staff, who were a fantastic team, however unrealistically high case loads and lack of helpful ongoing support.
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Doing important work for our community

You do get to make a difference. The work you do is only a few degrees separated from visible impacts to the community. Work can be dry but the impacts are lasting.

Pros

Great work life balance

Cons

Work can be dry and ambiguous
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Fast paced

Take the small wins when you get them. The job itself is very rewarding and seeing that you are making a change is great feeling. It is a very fast paced environment, however, the team is great and very supportive.
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Professional

This is a casual role and as such cannot reflect the internal culture of the organisation. This is the public service and as such relationships are formal and somewhat distant.
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highly dangerous and stressful

While the intention to support youth within the justice precinct is in theory a wonderful opportunity, the reality is that it is highly dangerous and the caliber of staff are generally not highly educated or concerned with maintaining high levels of integrity.
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Toxic environment

If nepotism is your thing, give Corrections Victoria a ring. It is full of ego and legends in their own mind people. They think they are police and they are so far from the truth. Bullying is condoned and gross negligence is covered up.
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Unsafe understaffed

I think working in this environment is very stressful and dangerous. Unpredictable young people's behaviors sometimes can cause an assault on other people as well as staff. Placing different your people with different issues and backgrounds is unsafe.
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Great place to contribute to helping the community.

Shift work is essential, week end work is required. Yearly training essential. Lots of variety of work experience. Prisoners are easier to manage than staff. Management to not support staff effectively.
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not now

not now. I will provide an assessment in future. There has been a period of transformation occurring in the department. When things settle, I will provide a review.
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23 year working at Melbourne assessment prison

Management nothing but picks it u get sick as a permanent employee and run out of sick... Stay away from this role. U will be casually employee at best.. If u are a bum. Licker 'you will get a head..
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Constant bullying and toxic work culture.

I worked at Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Service and used to be called Specialised Offender Assessment and Treatment Service. The management there are bully and unfriendly. You wont have a say at work and they constantly make threat to put you under performance if you cannot make 100% KPI. Some seniors there have been there for so long and they lost their passion. When you ask them questions, they would just ignore you. Worst place to work.
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Perfect working environment

Love coming in everyday to a supportive team environment. Amazing support from everyone. Clean amenities. Convenience of a cafe, kitchen and spacious work space. No pressure from Leaders, they are just as supportive as ever gone else. Love this job.
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Prison Officer

Shift worker 9 day fortnight working 80hrs Two 12hr shifts and seven 8hr shifts Sometimes can get 4-5 days off straight without touching leave. Get 5 weeks of annual leave per year plus LIL for every public holiday.
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Based on 46 reviews

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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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