Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Tucson, AZ – March 27, 2019
I worked there for 6+ years and it was okay. You get a lot of help from fellow staff and it feels like a family. The only problem is administration. They're constantly out to get staff and side more with convicted criminals than the officers.
Great health care package and helpful nonadministrative staff
Poor management and administrative choices have made the place very unsafe.
sounds cool, but be educated about the reality before moving forward
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER (Former Employee) – Maricopa, AZ – February 7, 2019
Typical day was usually eventful, very routine work. Surrounded by convicted felons gets to you eventually, not to mention the unprofessional and cliquish nature of other officers Management is most concerned with keeping inmates happy rather than performing duties properly.
Work was fast paced and co workers assisted in every task as needed, the work environment was friendly, working with youth was challenging.
Youth Correction Officer (Former Employee) – Tucson, AZ – January 16, 2019
They typical day started being searched before you entered the prison. The work environment was fast paced and co workers worked together to communicate every aspect of the youths treatment, movement and behaviors. The work place was diverse. The hardest part was calling a code because a youth was being deviant. And the most enjoyable was observing youth change their behaviors to gain high school diplomas.
Free lunch, recreation activities and religious services offered.
Correction Officer (Former Employee) – Buckeye, AZ – January 3, 2019
I worked here for over a year and i now know why there are many injuries and deaths that happen here when you take any issues up to management they threw everything under the rug and when a problem occurred they put officers in danger by forcing them to run the prison as if they had enough officers when in reality we were so short staffed and many officers would call in or quit regularly due to this i once worked a 15 hour shift because i had no relief and many of us car pool
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Buckeye, AZ – December 24, 2018
Arizona department of corrections offers exclusive health benefits for the employee and family. There is also a lot of over time offered. The department of corrections has various needs for improvement when it comes to management and professionalism.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Buckeye, AZ – November 30, 2018
Department of corrections could be a laid back job with the right team members helping during stressful job related tasks pertaining to transportation of Inmates, housing, feeding, but over all its the person that makes the job.
Corrections Officer (Former Employee) – Florence, AZ – November 29, 2018
Do not walk, run away from this career for it will make you not be able to sleep, but , do not worry you will not be able to afford talking to anyone about any problems at work. They pay as well as a fast food restaurant.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 22, 2018
This is a job and I would never be ungrateful for it but keep in mind you deal with a lot more than you bargain for. You see people at their worst everyday and your hated by the public. This place has potential but wont be more than what it is because of the way the Officers are paid and treated. Being told you are replaceable and knowing you aren't appreciate when your life is in danger every day because of the low staffing levels is pretty awful but you put your head up and take pride in your job anyway. One positive, you have the ability to climb the latter and I recommend it. If you need a job with decent benefits I say do it but it's just not that green on this side of the bars.
Benefits use to be a pro but they keep raising the cost.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Apache unit, St. Johns, AZ – August 27, 2018
It was a great place to work , but I needed to move on. With my military experience, I wanted to get back involved paramilitary service I had an opportunity to become a DOD contractor in the war in Iraq.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Buckeye, AZ – August 25, 2018
Working for Arizona Department of Corrections is a difficult job. You must have a strong work ethic and be able to deal with anything that comes up. The job is challenging, you experience the worst of human beings. It's not for the thin-skinned or faint of heart.
Days can be extremely long depending on situations