Department of Juvenile Justice was a pretty intense place to work. The caseload was overwhelming at times so the amount of attention a case may need was almost impossible. The liability rate was significantly high due to the amount of work expected and case load per officer.
Supervisor was great; great support by immediate supervisor, enjoyed working with the youth
Low pay, stressful workload, recidivism rate was too high, no real justice or help for our youth
FLDJJ is a huge statewide department where you can grow and excel in your own circuit or elsewhere if you want. The only problem, and its a huge problem, is the pay. It's unacceptable. If they raised everyone's salary $5,000 more a year, this would be a much better agency.
Juvenile Detention Officer (Former Employee) – Broward County, FL – August 21, 2017
Working in Broward is a experience like no other location. Juvenile's seem to have the upper hand in the facility. Supervisors have there favorites and clicks with older staff. Leaving new hires feeling the blunt of getting the blame of errors for the other staff, or getting stuck with unruly disrepecting juveniles. When the new hires ask for help from the older staff , most turn there back or look the other way. Resulting in a unpresidendeded amount of resigns in a short amount of time. Leaving the facility understaffed , something quite possibility wanted by senior staff or supervisors to get raises not seen in 10 years.
LPN (Former Employee) – Fort Walton Beach, FL – March 15, 2017
It was a challenge to care for troubled teen boys, but it was also rewarding to see them get better. I learned a lot about healthcare, and how to care for people with different conditions. I had amazing supervisors and coworkers.
Government Operations Consultant (Former Employee) – Naples, FL – December 16, 2016
I was able to be promoted 3 times in 2 years all the way to headquarters. Easy to work hard and gain knowledge. I was able to make a difference and help leave a mark within the agency. I was able to work all the way to the top and back down to give back and help with training other stop be able to make it to the top as well.
This position was working with the background screening unit for the Department of Juvenile Justice. The unit was responsible for conducting background checks for all potential employees for all the juvenile justice centers in Florida and any contracted juvenile agencies. As Operations Manager, I was responsible for ensuring accurate ratings and timeliness of all screenings. I was also responsible for processing all appeals, gathering additional information from courts if necessary. In the absence of the supervisor, I served in that capacity.
The management and co-workers were good. The office had a steady work pace and everyone did their job in a timely manner.