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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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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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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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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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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose

The job is a secure one once you have mastered the requirements. The bad is there is lots of mandatory overtime.

Training is minimal prior to being released to work on your own. The job is a good job once you have earned it. You never run out of work. Lots of overtime.
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Non uniform side IS AWFUL

Don't go into non-uniform. Dispatcher training is dismal and they push people through faster and faster; why do you think there is high turn over!? Because you do not train people well enough in that amount of time. Unsupportive culture. Bullying. Biased trainers. If you are not "bleeding blue" then what are you doing there? type attitude. Apparently they don't care if you wanted to change career. LAZY OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS. If you are at an area office, good luck to you. Terrible staff and management. They run things like it was 20 years ago. Uneducated on updated policy.
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Well deserving, fast paced, state job

Typical days are 12 hours shifts, short staffing gives ability to work overtime. CHP allowed me to join multiple programs to help me in a public safety proffession.
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Public Safety Dispatcher II

This is a fast pace, streessful and demanding position. Training is paid and adequate for the position. There are rewarding moments and times the stress/loss is just too much to bear. Learn to process the stress in your own life or you will burn out. The work day is constant workload with 2 twenty minute breaks and a 30 min lunch. Shifts are selected by seniority first and it is 24/7/365. Expect to work nights, weekends and all holidays. You will miss family celebrations but reward can be pretty great when you talk someone off a bridge thats readynto jump or you stay on the phone with someone just involved in a major traffic collision until help arrives. It was the best 15 years of my life (work wise).


Highly efficient coworkers (most type -A) personalities. Self-satisfaction in work well done.


Missing family cebrations. Working tragic and stressful situations/incidents.
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Over all a good job which I enjoyed and found challenging.

Work load varied with hours and areas worked. Management and culture also varied, I worked at a variety of supervisors and co-workers. I enjoyed the challenge of dealing with both officers and public but it could get stressful.


Good benefits, able to transfer state wide


Can be stressful, shift and holiday work.
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I enjoyed my job- it could be stressful or satisfying. Everyday was different. The job is not for everyone. It is a family. I would consider another position with the California Hwy Patrol
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your career with the highway patrol is a great one to have. Its a secure job, and great to help the public. If you dont mind regular hours this would be a great job for you.
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Demanding work place

I learned a lot about law enforcement agencies while working here. If you want to be able to spend time with family especially on holidays than this is not the job for you. There's a lot of politics, unfairness here and it affects the workplace morale.


Decent compensation


Its hard to get days off, a lot of bad attitudes and sarcasm takes place from co workers and supervisors.
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A great place to work if you want to experience a job with various opportunities to advance and travel by transferring. The CHP is great about sending employees to training much needed training or initial training for a position. The department will also grant request for some outside training if you can provide the relevance to your job and how your training will benefit the department.


Pay, ability to transfer anywhere in the state


advancement slow for civilian employees
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Safety Dispatcher

When they say this job isn’t for everyone they aren’t kidding. It’s a very stressful yet rewarding career. To have a career such as this, one needs to be very type A and strong minded.
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If your looking for a gratifying job this is it!!!

Typical day starts off with a briefing of work assignments and scheduled breaks/lunch. I learned that the faster you type the easier your job is. Management was dedicated to the job getting done and ensuring the staff have what is needed. This is a fast paced thinking on the fly and getting things done. The hardest part was initially understanding the field units on the radio. But after awhile you pick up on it. The most enjoyable part is knowing you made a difference in someones life that day and gave it your all.


Good pay and room to advance. Easily transfer to any Call Center in the state.


You work more than the 14-16 days scheduled per month, It is highly stressful yet gratifying, Easy to lose track of time and days.
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Internationally renowned LEA

great job, great benefits, computer systems outdated, high stress multi-tasking required. vacation accrual is guaranteed, but holidays are not always guaranteed off. 24 hour dispatch center that handles 911 phone calls made from cell phones in parts of San bernardino and Riverside counties


job security, helping others


high pressure multi-tasking
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Great job. Great pay

I loved, loved, loved this job. I was able to help so many people. Great job satisfaction, knowing I may have saved someones life, by providing them the help they needed in the time of crisis in the their life. Also, great job satisfaction knowing I got an officer home safely that shift, so that they could go home to their families.


Pay and job satisfaction


Can be very stressful.
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The nature of the Job is rewarding

Long shifts, Working for the state is not what you may expect, In this profession a hardness does develop over time, The hardest part of this job is listening to some very very violent and distressful situations it will takes its tole on you.
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Public Safety Officer at California Highway Patrol

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Based on 125 reviews

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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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