Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, IL – March 17, 2017
The shifts, such as 3pm-11pm or 11pm-7am, makes a hardship for families when your days off are Wednesday/Thursday with very little time to take a day off on a Saturday to spend time with family. A typical day of work is signing paper, counting inmates leaving and returning, signing a log book every 30 minutes and conducting 2 property searches. The workplace culture is very diverse with inmates from all backgrounds of life. Also the management treats newer officers different based on seniority. There is a "Substitution Slip" which is I work another person's shift and they work one of mine, we do so in order to have an extra day off.
Free lunch, Substitution Slips, compensation
All based on seniority, back shifts and middle of week days off.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Joliet, IL – March 5, 2017
It was a good job that I actually loved. It was personal reasons that I quit. I was two hours away from home and it was difficult with small children. I wished it was easier to get a job transfer, but I couldn't at the time. I learned a lot. The management was helpful for the most part. I learned to work with a lot of different cultures of people, inmates and staff. I felt that I did the job very well.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Pinckneyville, IL – January 11, 2017
I loved my job, certain members of the command staff made it a horrible place to work for, lots of backstabbing that took place, I was passed over for promotions numerous times. I ultimately left due to some unforeseen problems with my fathers health, the union refused to fight for me so I resigned.
horrible managment, it's who you know now that you do
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Pontiac, IL – December 4, 2016
been in Pontiac Correctional Center for 16 years.
First off, the place is old, smells of human feces most times and you get the climate extremes. Hot and Humid in summer and hot or Cold in winter(remember this place is Really old and uses boiler/steam radiant heating system)
Second. It's a prison, you will be dealing with the worst cases of human depravity as well as hopelessness. also do not forget the majority influences the minority, so you will become callus to say the least.
Finally. this whole department is political so forget it making sense. 9 times out of 10. Your front line management are petty towards the front line staff(they honestly act like royalty), but don't let that anger you, you should feel pity for them. for behind the scenes they are the "scapegoats" for all the other tiers of management. and how they treat front line staff, which is horrible, it pales in comparison to how they are treated by the upper echelons. Management does not care about your safety, I will say it again, Management Does NOT care about your safety. they care about politics and politics alone.
I hope this helps you, and you may think I am biased. come work with me and find out. you'll regret you did.
There was a lot of undue stress, gossip and people standing around
Logan Correctional Center, Laundry Manager (Former Employee) – Lincoln, IL – November 18, 2016
Rules changed daily. It's a high stress environment. You can't trust anybody. Nobody wants to do their jobs. They want to sit and around and talk about everyone else. I would not recommend this job to anyone. EVER.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Springfield, IL – November 2, 2016
I had planned on corrections being my lifetime career. However, its nearly impossible to get any time off. I have boys that need me at home. The money is awesome! The hardest part is that there is no job satisfaction. It mentally drains you and is extremely boring.
Meeting all kinds of different people and the money
Community Outreach Administrator (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – April 11, 2016
Like anything else you need to take advantage of opportunities, and work as hard as you can. I have this type of work ethic and as a result I always move forward. I love working with people and this position gave me the mobility to do so.
Productive workplace with minimal distractions and clear expectations
Warehouse Packer\Stocker (Former Employee) – Pinckneyville, IL – April 11, 2016
A typical day at work was pretty much uneventful and grueling. I learned the value of working as a team and communicating to get things done as opposed to trying to shoulder too much of a burden individually. Management was diligent and never far away. My co-workers were cooperative and had good habits that influenced how I adjusted to the job. The hardest part of the job was staying motivated to do tiring work that had no real excitement. The most enjoyable part of the job was the feeling of accomplishment each day after work and understanding that I was earning my pay.