DENTON COUNTY Employee Reviews in United States

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Great for garnering experience in the work force
Student Election Clerk (Former Employee) –  Denton, TXSeptember 16, 2015
As a student election clerk, I had a myriad of tasks assigned to me on election day: qualifying voters, setup and maintenance of the polling site, assisting disabled voters, and more. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to be a part of the work force and to deal with the public on a daily basis.
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Great to see if you want a job in nursing.
CNA (Former Employee) –  Denton,TXAugust 26, 2015
On the job CNA training, worked with individuals for daily needs, great placed to see if the nursing field is for you as a career. Great learning environment.
Pros
Career Advancement
Cons
Being around and knowing more about different illnesses
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No opportunities to move anywhere
Juvenile Supervision Officer (Current Employee) –  Denton, TXJuly 9, 2015
very hard to move to a desired position
can get along with most co-workers
dead end job
job is easy
bad management (hard to get days off, don't have their backs)
favoritism is big
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Juvenile Probation Officer (Former Employee) –  Denton, TXApril 8, 2015
Worked with juveniles and families together to provide counseling and guidance for at-risk youth within Denton county.
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Administrative Support (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 12, 2014
Worked for the DA for 5 years and you can not beat the benefits of Denton County. Typical county job as in the people you work with really make or break the experience. Denton County HR policies are fair and puts a lot of discretion to dept heads / managers.

Administrative staff. Data entry.
Pros
medical, prescription, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, longevity pay
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Welcome to the Twilight Zone!
Detention Officer (Current Employee) –  Denton, TXMay 21, 2013
They are very pro management and once you make rank you become one of the good old boys and can do no wrong. They treat the officers about the same as the inmates, always trying to find something you are doing wrong, something they can blame you for instead of the supervisors. All of the chains of command are bad but some more than others, treating you like a child and making pointless rules and policies for you to follow.They use blanket punishment on all officers instead of terminating or disciplining the one individual who errored.

Most of the upper level brass are very arrogant /cocky and sometimes just downright rude. They seem too busy basking in their greatness that they don't even remember what it was like working with inmates, which for most of them was decades ago. There is no complete rule book for officers to follow. Most of the rules/policies they come up with are past along through word of mouth.

The applicant pool for officers isn't much better though. They consistently hire people who, for various reasons, cannot perform the job and then have them working the floor instead of putting them in a position where they will be most useful and not in a position that risks other officers safety.

The jail is set up primarily with pods as housing units, which is a large open tank filled with up to dozens and dozens of inmates and 1 officer locked behind two doors. Obviously not a recipe for success, surprisingly more offices haven't been assaulted in these pods then there have been. Once during a use of force class the instructor who happened to be brass asked the class
  more... what the SO gave them to defend themselves. Everyone sat quite because we are not given anything to defend ourselves, nothing! The instructor finally said " we give you your keys and radio." Seriously? Keys and radio! Keep dreaming buddy.

The county is also very cheap. Our pay is well bellow what surrounding counties are paying. You basically only get a small percentage raise every few years and its usually eaten up by a raise in insurance prices. But when we do get a small raise everybody gets it, the hard worker and the lazy, the good and the bad. So as you can see there is no incentive to work your butt off. They do not value hard work, dedication or experience. They do like college degrees though and will pay you a hefty premium for it. Even if it has nothing to do with your job whatsoever. They will pay someone who just started yesterday with a bachelors degree in fashion, with no experience, more than they will pay the FTO training them who has been there a decade. They also don't pay the deputies that work in the jail any extra for their certification. But will pay you extra for your EMT certification which has nothing to do with us because the jail has its own medical staff 24/7 and the officers are not allowed to treat the inmates. They also don't pay any overtime, it all goes to comp. Up until a few years ago they didn't even pay you for your 15 minutes of briefing you got daily. I guess someone finally sued them and they switched to a electronic clock in machine. I wonder how many millions they stole from their already underpaid officers over all those years?

In conclusion, there is lots of other problems with this agency, but the bottom line is the SO does not value its officers and they do not have their backs. The Denton County Sheriff's Department is pretty much the Walmart of law enforcement, I would only recommend working in the jail if you were just looking for a job. That's it. If your looking for a career in LE look elsewhere, you will not grow here, it will only hinder you.
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Pros
expensive but good benefits, annual employee picnic, sheriffs office has 8 hour shifts. relatively good job security working in the jail.
Cons
depressing place to work. run by very dumb people.
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good starter up
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Denton, TXApril 5, 2013
Its a good place to work if you are willing to get into Law enforcement.
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Decent
Desktop Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Denton, TXMarch 27, 2013
Real Talk- Working with Denton County was very enjoyable for me, however the management is tiered in a way that discourages transparency. The tech services department is always short staffed and over managed, leaving it hard to determine which aspects take priority. The day to day workflow is a crapshoot, you have some days where you will feel like time is inching along and others where you find yourself drowning in a sea of service request, receiving both relevant and unfounded criticisms from people who may or may not be smarter than a 5th greater.

In short, If you are a committed people person who can look the part, and kiss butts you will go far. Alternatively, If you are a hard worker, who values honesty and integrity, you may as well move along as this career will most likely be short lived for you
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