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Illinois Department Of Corrections Employer Reviews

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Typically easy job with some risk and stress
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), IllinoisDecember 28, 2013
This is a typical correctional officer job. One must be aware of their surroundings and ready for anything.
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Good Job but had to move on.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Sheridan, ILDecember 3, 2013
Pros: great pay
Cons: stressful environmant
Everyday I maintained safety and security throughout the institution. Each cell house was different but I never had any issues with the inmates. I felt the day went as smooth as you make it but there were alot of days I worked 16 hours so that became very tiresome. Although the money was great it was very time consuming and exhausting. All in all the – more... job was great but I decided to relocate to California because I knew id be happier there. – less
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A good place to work for those interested in security related fields.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Ina, ILOctober 22, 2013
A typical day at work required responding to emergency situations and writing thorough and detailed reports. I learned how to multi-task more efficiently and how to be aware of my surroundings. Management was always concerned with officer safety. Co-workers always assisted others with anything they could. The hardest part of the job was always knowing – more... the immediate danger you had to put yourself in. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing everyone went home safe at the end of their shift. – less
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stress level very high and survived after 25 year's working
Correctional Lieutenant (Former Employee), Dixon, ILJune 18, 2013
Pros: benefits were good
Cons: getting mandated for 18 hours five days strait
Every day was different it could be good or bad depends on the inmate's. I learned how to talk to people. Management was trying at some point. The Officer's all looked out for each other. They depended on me to look out for them and to back them up.The hardest part is seeing a co-worker get injured by a inmate or you finding a inmate dead after a suicide. – more... The enjoyable part of the job that you got to go home without getting injured or killed by a inmate – less
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maintaining security, custody and control of inmate's and their movement
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Joliet,IlApril 25, 2013
I am currently on the midnights 11p-7a shift. On midnights, the shift begins with inmate accountability(count). On the average employee moral is good. I am one to keep a positive attitude and I always try to encourage people in general. Our current supervisors help keep communication amongst employee's and themselves pertaining to inmate activities. – more... my co-workers get along very well. The hardest part of this job is remaining mentally strong to deal with the different attitudes and personalities of inmate's as well as employee's. I enjoy helping other people and encouraging people to do better. – less
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Good experience
Project Management Intern (Former Employee), Springfield ILApril 22, 2013
Daily work consisted of a variety of projects including creating a sustainability plan, monitoring gardens, vermicultire, and procurement. Above all I learned to meet deadlines and plan a day. My supervisors were strong motivators, though I occasionally had to ask for more work.
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Great stepping stone for other work
Corrections Officer (Current Employee), Sumner, ILApril 4, 2013
Pros: pay, job security, schedule
Cons: safety and security is lacking, management looks out for offender rather than officer.
Typical day for a second shift officer has both and good, depending on the job assignment. We have "T" shaped houses with three wings known as A, B, or C and Control. First shift has an officer per spot (4) but, second shift gets only three officers to run a house leaving on officer to run A/B or B/C while the other floor officer has one wing. Short – more... staff is responsible for this and it is a safety and security issue.

Illinois DOC is falling apart, it is good experience but, it should only be used as a stepping stone to better yourself for the job market. – less
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Its prison life
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Dwight, ILFebruary 3, 2013
Pay is great, people are good, inmates are not. Nothing else to say
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My Synopsis
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Dwight, ILAugust 5, 2012
Completely transformed my work ethic. I do not wish to tell more about this working environment until I am in contact with an interested employer.
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Boring, stressful, and draining environment to work in.
Corrections Specialist (Former Employee), Aurora, ILJune 13, 2012
Pros: this job will always be available.
Cons: the insurance is not good and its expensive. the pay is horrible and you dont feel appreciated.
Being a Corrections Specialist for The Department of Corrections is nothing to brag about. Its supposed to be a state job but there are no state benefits, nor state pay. Everyday there are new and different rules being enforced that were not even mentioned of the day before, None of the managers or supervisors ever have an exact answer to any questions – more... you may have, they always beat around the bush. They never tell you when you may be doing a great job, they only address you when there is a problem. There was nothing great about working for this company. The 1 good thing I can say is that no one ever has to worry about losing their job due to lay offs or positions closing because there will always be criminals and there will always be a need for a Corrections Specialist. – less
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A very good job.The people are great.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Galesburg, ILApril 15, 2012
Pros: very good benefits!!great salary!!!!
Very good job.Leaving because im retiring.71/2 hours a day is a typical day.i learned how to manage and control inmates.And how to help out new people hired to make the job more easy to do.When things happen you have to react to in a very timely matter.Getting off at the end of your shift.
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not for the fellow
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), illinoisMarch 28, 2012
great job, not career.sitting, trying to keep from sleeping.
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Good pay but stressful workplace
Correctional Officer (Former Employee), Joliet, ILMarch 1, 2012
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: long forced work hours, ploitical climate
Corrections is known as "a world within itself" for very good reason. Its culture and norms are very different from the outside society. It takes a very strong minded individual to succeed in this environment