Forced overtime, high turnover, mistrust among co-workers
Detention Care Worker II (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – January 4, 2015
Sign in, hoping that your co-workers are also coming to work, exchange your personal set of keys for unit keys, report to your mod, count the inmates, take the kids out as a group for meals, get the kids through shower time, pass out snacks, do laundry, perform ten minute room checks, and hope your relief shows up so that you can go home at the end of your scheduled shift.
Turnover was so high in management that I can't really say. They generally stayed in their office away from the mods except for occasional rounding.
Co-workers- Mostly burnt out from too many 16 hour shifts. There were always rumors that several staff partied with inmates outside of work. I was hired in a group of 12 hires. Two new hires quit during the tour of the facility and 8 others quit within the first 2 weeks of work. Overall turnover rate was somewhere in the vicinity of 90%.
The hardest part of the job was never knowing if your relief will show up or not and having to work many, many overtime shifts.
The most enjoyable part of the job- It wasn't very enjoyable.
Overtime pay was given on seperate paycheck so bi-weekly pay was actually weekly pay
Exhaustingly long hours and frequent forced overtime