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Long hours with overtime
K-9 Officer (Former Employee), Estancia, NMJuly 14, 2014
This place will hire anybody and put them to work. Yet, for the right employee this is a great place to learn the basics of security.
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A financially sucessful company that is not terribly interested in taking care of their people.
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Nashville, TNJuly 9, 2014
I generally liked the post known as "the Bowling Alley" when I worked at the Lindsey facility in Jacksboro, TX. Then came some directive from some flunky in an air conditioned office somewhere that "No, I didn't really need to bring in a gallon (usually 1/3 frozen so as to last a shift) of water, tea, fruit juice, etc. While "the Bowling Alley" is not – more... terribly large area, it is mostly concrete and on a couple of occasions (working a double shift) I walked 7 miles plus over 16 hours (pedometer is a wonderful thing, huh?). – less
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Great opportunities and advancment
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Sayre, OKJuly 9, 2014
Pros: great advancement opportunities
Cons: long days
Very team work orientated

Learned self-defense tactics, security operations, and supervision

Co-workers were goal driven and trustworthy

Stress is the hardest part about this job

The most enjoyable thing about working here was knowing that you were doing something important for the community
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this place sucks
administration (Former Employee), whiteville, tnJuly 7, 2014
Pros: benefits
Cons: putting up with all the stupid stuff
this place is awful, they do not care about you, your family, or anything except for them selves, sucky place to work
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Addictions Treatment Counselor (Former Employee), Quincy, FLJune 30, 2014
Working for CCA as a Substance Abuse counselor was both challenging and rewarding. I was able to gain additional skills in security management, substance abuse counseling, and general counseling techniques.
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Ends up not being worth the good pay and benefits
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Leavenworth, KSJune 29, 2014
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: long days, no breaks
First of all the pay and benefits are pretty good, especially in today's economy. But 12 hours shifts frequently turn into 16 hour "mandated" shifts which are justified by "because we can" and "you only legally have to have 8 hours in between your shifts" attitudes. These long shifts are made even worse by the fact that you only get one, yes one 15 – more... minute break. Management and administration are horrible. Company policies for employees are super strict and controlling. – less
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Private prison work
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Panama City, FLJune 27, 2014
Pros: lower risk inmates, more closeness between staff
Cons: pay and benefits not as good as the public sector
Although I felt treated better as an employee at the privatized facility, the retirement and base pay was considerably less than in the public sector. The job was basically pretty much the same as with the state. The inmates were even of a similar mix demographically but with this one distinction. They were usually of a lower security risk as private – more... facilities tend to house less violent and threat to safety than those housed in state operated facilities. The risks of escape are lower as well. This allows the private security agencies to operate under lower budgets than their state operated competitors. The down side of private corporations is that due to the lower pay, often they hire individuals with more questionable backgrounds than the state operated ones. The higher qualified and with cleaner histories go for the higher pay offered at the state. Privatized corporations seemed to me to be less politically oriented and more about bottom dollar or cost effectiveness. An employee's progression onto other more responsible advancement positions relied on experience, reliability, education, and less on seniority. As their point of view about seniority was that just because one had been there longer than others interviewing for the same promotional opportunity didn't necessarily mean they were always the more productive and qualified employee. A good employee with the proper attitude, motivation, and experience to get the job done was better than a lazy employee who had been there for years. Because of the more laid back style of the institution, the inmates conducted themselves in a better fashion as well. Only once in awhile would you encounter the hard headed inmate who insisted on creating more work for you as an officer and more trouble for himself. These tended to be the younger more immature inmates than the older seasoned inmates who just wanted to do their time quietly and then be released. There was more family mentality between staff here than is often found in public sector run facilities where backstabbing and rivalry is ever present. People didn't mind helping one another to get the job done instead of only looking out for themselves to get ahead. – less
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Productive and good paying job
Detention Officer (Former Employee), California City, CAJune 13, 2014
Pros: good pay
Cons: no breaks at times
It was a hard but rewarding position. It is a good company to work for. It has excellent benefits.
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Bad place to work
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Nicholls, GAJune 4, 2014
Pros: inmates are mostly pretty compliant
Cons: no breaks, micromanagement
Low pay, high cost benefits, poor management. Inmates have more rights than the officers do, short staffed more often than not, and unsafe environment.
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Woring with a diverse group of people
CORRECTIONS OFFICER (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INJune 3, 2014
Pros: overtime, and working with people with different backgrounds
Cons: short notice
I enjoyed working 12 hour shifts because the days went by pretty fast. The facility I worked for housed men only, I really have a better understanding on the games that can be played not only from a officers stand point but as a women. I think the hardest part of the job was learning all the inmates names. However, I enjoyed the total experience working – more... with many different people. – less
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Productive and secure wokplace
Executive Assistant for the Chief of Secuirty (Current Employee), Lumpkin, GAJune 2, 2014
Pros: job security
Great job to grow in and learn about the world of corrections from the inside out. This company also teaches us how to care for each other and our fellow man.
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I enjoyed working with all the babies
nursing tech (Former Employee), California City, CAMay 23, 2014
on most days this is what i would do:
 Managed care for post-operative patients through discharge
 Instructed patients and family members on proper discharge care
 Closely monitored acute conditions
 Made appropriate interventions by reading and interpreting fetal heart monitors
 Performed basic physical assessments of newborns and infants
 Ensured – more... efficacy of treatment through monitoring of treatment regimens
 Trained new staff on quality control procedures
 Assessments and evaluation of neonatal
 Assisted patients with daily functions
 Monitored fluid intake and output levels – less
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Immigration Control
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Tyler, TXMay 14, 2014
This was a weird experience, it was run for ICE, which is immigration customs enforcement, they brought in illegals with children and everything, it was difficult to communicate with anyone, but they did make it as comfortable as possible for the employees, it was ok I guess.
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Corporate prisons meaning its all about the money
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Eloy, AZMay 14, 2014
Pros: job security if you follow the rules
Cons: bad management
A private correctional officer is very basic, babysit inmates.

The management doesn't care about its people.

Co-workers can be good, sometimes not

Hardest part of the job is dealing with difficult inmates.
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very High stress environment
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Leavenworth, KSMay 13, 2014
Pros: free meals.
Cons: locked inside your entire shift
CCA is a very high stress environment, with dealing with the offenders and safety of yourself, your fellow officers, and other offenders. Aside from the stress CCA is enjoyable to work for, pay is good, hours are decent, and time off is extraordinary.
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Great company to work for in a Correctional setting.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Kuna, IDMay 8, 2014
The finest private corrections company in the world. Excellent knowledge for anyone wanting to get into corrections or law enforcement.
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lack of communication
Detention Officer (Former Employee), Gainesville, GAMay 2, 2014
Pros: pay
Cons: leadership
this company is out for the dollar only and refuses to communicate to all its employees on a timely basis
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Working for a private company
Administrative Clerk (Current Employee), Tutwiler, MSApril 25, 2014
Pros: off weekends and holidays
Cons: having to wait on emails so that you can respond back
Working for CCA has been an amazing experience. I come to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. I scan, fax, and email documents to supervisors in California. I have learned while working with this company to be patient and have an understanding that things can change at any given time. The few people that I work with are amazing people to – more... get along with, We work together very well. We always try to have a positive attitude in the workplace. At times, my job can be stressful because everything move so fast and at times you thinking that its impossible to keep up. But the fact that I keep up and stay ahead makes my job very enjoyable. – less
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Correctional Facility
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Tutwiler, MSApril 14, 2014
Pros: staff morale
Cons: n/a
Great benefits, upper management goes above an beyond to boost staff morale
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Security of inmates - prison
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Florence, AZApril 11, 2014
Pros: good healthcare, good paying job, overtime when available
Cons: short staffed most of the time
Monitor and watch inmates, take out out to recreation, medical runs as needed.

Learned how to be a stronger individual, handing situations as they occured. The hardest part of my job was getting weapons qualified. Learned how to talk down inmates instead of take down. Most enjoyable was learning and working in this type of environment for almost 18 – more... years. – less

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About Corrections Corporation of America

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has locked up a big share of the private prison market. The company operates more than – Read more