Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 26, 2016
Fun but busy place to work depending on the shift and times. Learned how to deal with different types of people. Most co-workers are great to work with. Company has good benefits.Fun if you make it fun. It is a negative environment but is a serious position. Can be dangerous at times and not the job for everyone.
OK pay, great benefits, and hard to get fired, but that's it.
Sergeant (Current Employee) – Arizona – November 5, 2015
Basically, if you want an easy job that pays OK, this is the one for you. You won't use your brain. You won't use your muscles. You're a body in a brown uniform. Period. That's fine for some people, but not if you have any aspirations.
Starting at $16/hr is decent money for someone with no skills or experience, moderately easy to promote, the medical and leave benefits are hard to beat, you have to screw up hard AND lie about it to even start to be fired
Management usually doesn't support staff, You need to break policy to do your job until something goes wrong - "What does policy say", Many supervisors play favorites, backstabbing is rampant, your work life is spent surrounded by the worst of the worst in a dirty, disgusting, sad, angry environment, most of your coworkers can't compose a proper sentence
Correctional Officer II (Current Employee) – Golden Valley, AZ – August 11, 2016
Everyday is the same supervise inmates and make sure the follow institutional rules and regulations. I've learned how process mail and property, supervisory skills, Basic computer skills, tactical defense training, Fire arms training, chemical agents training, report writing, data entry, record keeping, shipping and receiving, publications review, transportation training and tactical restraint training. Management here at Arizona State Prison Complex Kingman are not up to par in my personal opinion. I get along with all my co-workers we are all one big family here. The hardest part of my job is keeping order inside of the prison. The most enjoyment I get out of my job is protecting Public from inmates.
Correctional Captain, (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 18, 2016
A typical day is putting your life in danger. There is a strong risk for assault. I learned a lot in the department, and moved up the ranks. They do not get paid enough to do this job. You need to have this work in your blood and give 110%. The best thing in this position is the retirement and Benefits. Can't trust anyone because it is all about gossip. Don't get on any ones bad side because if you are not liked they will target you, and discipline you right out of the department. The hardest part of the job is staying safe.
Benifits and retirement plan
Supervisor lost the right to grieve discipline, Pay is very poor for the job that we do, Can't trust staff or supervisors.
Corrections Officer + Corrections Sergeant (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 23, 2016
you must be professional when directing inmates , fellow staff and the public , you must be on top of policy and procedures. - I learned much about myself , many key elements , for example , how approach determines response . I have worked dayshift , swingshift and graveyerd shift. - As a Sergeant I supervised about 25 Officers in 1 of the largest Prison Facilities in the State. - A good day is when you go home on time and no one got hurt under some extreme cicumstances and conditions. -
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Florence, AZ, – August 30, 2016
Always understaffed, administration always looking to fire you for something, always working with kick starting staff. Overall this job is not worth the pay. The risk you take every day is not worth $1000 every 2 weeks. You're better off trying a little harder and getting in with the county and being a DO. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere, it's not worth the stress.
Short staffed, stressful work environment, administration not on your side, low pay
Correctional Sergeant (Former Employee) – ASPC/Lewis – June 1, 2016
Excellent Benefits! Pay is OK but should be higher do to the critical and dangerous situations the officers and staff face everyday. (Male Prisons) Staffing could be better for a safer institute. Typical day...staff shortage. I learned to be vigilant be aware of my surroundings. Be a good leader! Co-workers always have your back, whether it be teaching you something new or keeping you safe from harm. Hardest part is...staying safe! Enjoyable part of the job is "Making a Difference" keeping the public safe. I was proud to wear the uniform!
Corrections is what you make it...You have to have an approach of being a people person !
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Goodyear, AZ – August 5, 2016
Working corrections can at time be challenging, however you have to be open minded about people in general and realize although you have to be actively safety conscious, you have to remember that approach determines response!
Good work environment with coworkers and supervision
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee) – Yuma, AZ – August 31, 2016
I think is a very good job to work for it offers great benefits for you and your family. It has three different shift to work at and it has a lot of opportunities to grow into this great company with different ranks to pick up or departments to move to as administrative office staff and it also has a great salary pay.
Very stable job and plenty of promotional opportunities.
Correctional Sergeant (Current Employee) – Douglas, AZ 85607 – October 1, 2016
Great benefits (medical, dental, vision) and potential to promote if willing to relocate. Pay is decent, but it could be better. Teamwork is essential and required, since the environment requires to work as a team to accomplish tasks and be safe.
RN (Former Employee) – Douglas, AZ – April 25, 2016
I worked part-time for ADOC for 2.5 years at an all male facility and enjoyed it very much. The medical team worked together, helped each other and it was a very rewarding experience because of their attitude. Work days were very fast-paced and varied.I learned much about clinical management and organization. Hardest part of the job was the continual policy changes from the private company that contracted our medical services. We worked directly for them but also had ADOC policies to address.
Correctional Officer II/Hostage Negotiator/C.I.R.T (Former Employee) – Florence, AZ – August 14, 2015
A typical day at work being a corrections officer is very intense and stressful. You are always faced with difficult issues at every point in your day. Being constantly aware of your surroundings at all times. I worked in a maximum security male institution and was constantly faced with challenges. I learned how to be a great supervisor and manage stressful situations at any given moment. My co-workers were like family, we are always there for each other no matter what the situation. The hardest part of the job was dealing with the offenders on a daily basis and staying level headed. Getting assaulted on a daily basis was sometimes difficult to deal with also. The most rewarding part of the job was knowing that we were providing public safety and keeping offenders off the streets.