Arizona Department of Corrections Employee Reviews for Correctional Officer

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verbal skills
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Douglas, AZApril 16, 2019
I use my verbal skills to deescalate situations. I learned to observe situations and study them. I enjoyed working with different people. The hardest part of the job was unexpected.
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job security
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Do not get sucked in
Youth Corrections Officer (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZApril 13, 2019
Awful place to work. Unrealistic expectations and no help form the higher ups. High stress and low pay. Each supervisor has different rules to follow.
Pros
some decent coworkers
Cons
no breaks, bad pay and management
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Great stepping stone into law enforcement
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Tucson, AZMarch 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.
Pros
Great health care package and helpful nonadministrative staff
Cons
Poor management and administrative choices have made the place very unsafe.
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Enjoyed working there for the past twenty years.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Florence, AZMarch 21, 2019
Great place to work and gain experience in many areas of the department. Unlimited learning and advancement. Pay is way too low and contributes to low staffing levels.
Pros
Accumulate leave time
Cons
Short staffed
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Multi-tasking
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Buckeye, AZMarch 2, 2019
The Arizona Department of Corrections is a hard working environment for people who are up for a challenge but very passionate about their career as well.
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sounds cool, but be educated about the reality before moving forward
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER (Former Employee) –  Maricopa, AZFebruary 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.
Pros
great benefits
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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, AZJanuary 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.
Pros
Free lunch, recreation activities and religious services offered.
Cons
Short breaks and fast paced work enviroment.
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I would never recommend this job
Correction Officer (Former Employee) –  Buckeye, AZJanuary 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
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benefits and career security
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Buckeye, AZDecember 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.
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Correctional Officer
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Buckeye, AZNovember 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.
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High Stress
Corrections Officer (Former Employee) –  Florence, AZNovember 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.
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job performance
Correctional officer (Current Employee) –  Yuma ArizonaNovember 16, 2018
conducting security for inmates and staff can be very challenging. Meeting people and learning about them is a very interested task of everyday life.
Pros
Become more experinece in job performance
Cons
Shortness of staff. Makes job very stressful for staff
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Wonderful learning experience
CO2 Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  2800 e van Buren Street Phoenix AZ 85008November 3, 2018
Wonderful learing experience, low pay decent Healthcare
Working with professional in a dangerous environment. Paid time off and sick leave available...
Pros
Healthcare
Cons
Low pay
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Underpaid and Stressful
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 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.
Pros
Benefits use to be a pro but they keep raising the cost.
Cons
We haven't seen a raise in over 8 years
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no review
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Buckeye, AZSeptember 12, 2018
The Arizona Department of Corrections allows for you to receive great benefits and pay. You can advance by becoming a sgt,Lt, Cat. You can also work transportation.
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Many great opportunities
Corrections Officer (Former Employee) –  Florence, AZSeptember 5, 2018
Great place to work for advancement and plenty of opportunities. Starting wage is not great, but yearly step raises help to bring the wages up to the national levels.
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Challenging and a learning experience
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Goodyear, AZAugust 28, 2018
Everyday is a new day and you learn things daily. Sometimes you can have bad days other days can be easy as well. You learn to talk to all kinds of different people and characters.
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good place to work
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Apache unit, St. Johns, AZAugust 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.
Pros
good people
Cons
low pay
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It's a challenge
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Buckeye, AZAugust 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.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Days can be extremely long depending on situations
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typical day
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Winslow, AZJuly 30, 2018
typical workday was at times stressful, the environment there is negative. Felt like the teamwork was hit and miss depending on who you were working with for the day.
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