California Highway Patrol
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The CHP is a fantastic organization. There are many different positions within the department that provide opportunities for change and growth. Promoting is also encouraged. A very positive experience.
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The best job I have ever had!

What is the best part of working at the company?I worked there 23 years at at Division Office on the Central Coast. I was the Office Services Supervisor. My office housed Chief, Assistant Chiefs, Captain and Lieutenants. We governed 13 Area Offices and liaison to Sacramento. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?I loved the job. It wasn't that stressful.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Professional, accommodating, structural, friendlyWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Overseeing my staff, accommodating the needs of Executive Staff and satisfying the needs of the public
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Productive, challenging, engaging and fun work environment that is always evolving.

What is the best part of working at the company?My coworkers and the supportive environment. The ability to be self driven and help the community. The ability to work throughout the state of California. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Going from 0-100 in a split second, physically and mentally. You have to be able to make on the fly and in the moment (seconds) decisions that can affect the life and safety of a citizen, suspect, partner and or self. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It's a large diverse family with many lived experience that brings different perspectives to every situation. Supportive coworkers.
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The CHP is amazing career choice with an endless amount of opportunities.

What is the best part of working at the company?The CHP offers so much opportunity for different training, a variety of assignments, and advancement. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Management can be challenging depending on the personality of supervisors and their own ability to work well with others and motivate employees to want to work hard to meet goals of the department. Frankly, many sergeants I worked for should never have been promoted to supervise people. The department seemed not to consider one's ability to work well with others in a team like environment when promoting. They are more focused on an individuals knowledge of policy rather than personality traits.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Can be very difficult depending on chemistry of command you are working at. There is always a lot of movement within the department with people promoting and/or transferring to other areas and locations. The work chemistry is not always consistent.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Lots of paperwork and attention to detail. Obviously a great deal of contact with the public, which I enjoyed most. Helping tge public in various ways is very rewarding.
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Good work environment and a friendly atmosphere.

What is the best part of working at the company?The lieutenants the captains the Sergeants backgrounds Office Clerks more carriers training and it's and The Beautiful People around was wonderful and real respectableWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?It wasn't stressful because I kept up the job everything they asked me to got along with people get my job 100%What is the work environment and culture like at the company?The job was busy and it was fun enjoyment planning parties getting it ready and working daily having it nice and clean and respectableWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Keeping up with the restrooms the floor the offices keeping them neat tidy throwing out trash and also mopping keeping up the flooring and vacuuming and windows also
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Great place to work aside from the pay.

What is the best part of working at the company?Specifically speaking about the ASM auto mechanic position. The job was very fulfilling. The officers were very appreciative of my efforts there. I had a much better experience than in 21 years of working at the dealership, because working for the dealer or private industry is a thankless job.CHP was completely different. It was a wonderful experience. I also felt like I was contributing to a good cause unlike for profit automotive repair which seeks mainly to take advantage of the customer.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?It wasn’t stressful in my opinion.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very positive culture for the most part. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Repair and maintenance of patrol cars, parts ordering and inventory, clerical work related to the job.
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Dispatchers work 12 hour shifts, one must have self-command, dispatchers are team players and working with the public is very rewarding, OFFICER SAFETY is the most important




long hours
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Second best job I ever had. First being the Army.

What is the best part of working at the company?Helping others; medical benefits What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Large offices have a plethora of personalities. Which sometimes collide.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Refer to the most stressful part….What is a typical day like for you at the company?Half hour briefing followed by writing tickets and investigating collisions. Graveyard is same but with drunk drivers.
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The career I never imagined!

What is the best part of working at the company?The people, the opportunities, the feeling of helping others when they most need it, very rewarding.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The nature of the calls and situations you deal with, loss of life.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very structured, family orientated with an emphasis in excellency.
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Best job I've ever had.

If it weren't for the lack of compensation, I would of remained working for the Department. Motor Carrier Specialists are underpaid compared to Federal Investigators that perform similar tasks.


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Not a place to grow

My time spent was short due to lack of growth. I personally felt micromanaged as well as picked on for being the most recently hired person at my specific location. Benefits take forever to kick in and you can only choose the cheapest one they force you into. I wouldn't go back to work for them.


healthcare, low wages, poor management
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Great pay and benefits but no work life balance

The job provides great pay and benefits but it is very demanding. It invades every facet of your life. From court outside your regular hours to studying reports on your own time. The job is very stressful.
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Wonderful organization, great opportunities

Can work anywhere in the state. Great training, benefits, retirement and career opportunities. So many different types of jobs available as long as you don't mind relocating or working around Sacramento.
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Productive and fun workplace

A great, family environment and everyone looks out for one another. Everyone works as a team. The workload can be demanding and persistent at times, but the work atmosphere helps to get through it.
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Good pay

I unfortunately retired on job related disability several years ago. Having said that the pension and healthcare benefits that come with the job are like none other that you can get in private sector. Stressful job but has plenty of reward and excitement.


No day is the same


Dangerous and tough on mental health
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Great place to work and gain experience

I loved my time with the Highway Patrol (12 years). Management varies by office but as long as you do you job you have nothing to worrie about. Benefits are amazing, the people are amazing and you definitely become family with the people you work with uniform amd non uniform. My only complain is the pay scale if you are not an officer. It is not even close to being competitive to the private sector or other agencies. Other municipalities offer better pay scales especially if you live in a metropolitan area where it isn't cheap. The only reason I left was the pay. I couldn't support a new family on a salary 30% behind industry base pay.


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Great place to work!

Fulfilling and rewarding career! Working with great people who share a vision to help others and make a positive difference. Advancement opportunities exist and hard work is acknowledged. Great benefits and retirement system.
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A little hectic but a good place to work

I started in dispatch which is not imo a job for anyone with younger kids due to the hours, schedule changes and mandatory overtime. It's also not good for people who don't perform well under pressure. But all in all, it's a great place to work


Stable, pay, exciting


Shift work, management isn't always helpful. Cliques
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Meaningful, job. Best career ever. Fun and exciting

Best career ever. Great Job security, benefits, salary, ability to transfer Locations, advancement available. Clear cut rules and policies. Overtime available.
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Very high levels of stress

excellent management team however the training academy did not prepare me well enough for live call training at my center. This job was not for me and I ended up resigning.


State job with many employee resources and lots of overtime


High stress and can cause anxiety
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Professional workplaced with great management

Worked as an officer and public safety dispatcher..most personnel were very polite and professional..lots of overtime available..very good people to work with....overall was a great place to work...only downfall was southern california traffic..senior officers and upper echelon staff were great and personable...easy to work with and very supportive ....


Overtime available


Minor issues of favoritism
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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.5 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
4.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.9 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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