Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Employee Reviews
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Assistant Detention Center Superintndent (Current Employee) – Naples, FL – November 15, 2015
Underpaid and overworked. Threats of not getting full time position were made against me even though I was working more than 40 hours a week. Management is just worried about numbers and not you. More worried about their bonuses than the employees.
Data Entry Operator (Former Employee) – Tallahassee FL – July 22, 2015
The position that I held was great, the hours were a typical 8-5. The company as a whole is a pleasure to work with. However, the management I worked under were very unprofessional when it came to work related and personal issues. When I first started I loved working there, but after some time there was continuous drama within the department that had nothing to do with work. You could be a great employee but if you're not liked for any other reason then your days will quickly become dreadful.
observing Youth while preventing violence, provide vocational counseling , teaching youth right from wrong. teaching them values and principles so they can learn and not come to the detention center again in the future
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
I enjoyed assisting Juvenile Delinquents to be successfully terminated from probation supervision.
Senior Juvenile Probation Officer (Current Employee) – West Palm Beach, FL – October 6, 2013
A typical day at work is very busy. I enjoyed assisting Juvenile delinquents in completing court ordered sanctions. Prepared reports for court proceedings, complete violation of probation, progress report and termination orders. Utilize my knowledge to improve work processes and create effective teamwork.
This agency was far behind time when dealing with juvenile offenders. I left the department in 1998 and their services were like that in 1978. One can not evaluate a juvenile ffender by using a point system. There were several juvenile offenders with at least 3 or 4 volumes folders and the point system used by the department stated that these offenders should not be incarerated but put on the home monitoring system and no social service for the family.
Job Security/Advancement. It's a great place to work if you have the patience to work with juveniles. Great staff and management. My experience from working in the adult jails was an great key essentials to the department. Enjoyable part of the job was working with the youths and the hardest part was the youth going through the court system.
Maintain accountability for the offenders and maintain accurate reports. I learned to be a better listener, to be more aware of my surroundings, objective and team oriented. Management constantly provided advise on how to consistently be a better and more observant officer. My co-workers were team players and we had each other's best interest at heart. My co-workers were very encouraging and knowledgable. The hardest part of my job was the unexpected mandatory overtime and may end up working a 16 hour day if some called in sick. However, the most enjoyable part of my job was having overtime available if i need extra money and working with some great individuals.
volunteer overtime opportunities, chance of advancement