Miss the work, hated the employer
Probation Officer (Former Employee) – Martinez, CA – March 11, 2019
I loved being a probation officer but working for this county was a mistake. The pay is low relative to other counties and the benefits are expensive relative to other counties. The culture is very cover your butt and don’t tell anyone your business because no one trusts each other and there is not much teamwork. A common theme I saw was how someone can literally be stressed beyond belief and drowning in work and the person sitting next to them can have nothing to do and be bored and This is acceptable and no one says anything. I found that so terrible. I saw many good people quit and go to other counties. The leadership is white male conservative dominated and although women and minotities are in some management or supervisory roles they, unfortunately, do not set the tone on the department or make any major decisions. There are some nice people who work there but on the flip side I dealt with several of the rudest, meanest, most abusive people there that I have ever met in my life. The systems are embarrassingly outdated which caused a great deal of inefficiency. It is amazing that with today’s technology, this department is so far behind. They still have you write out your time cards. There is no telecommuniting, even for report writing jobs, they just don’t trust you enough or commit to work life balance. I would never recommend that anyone I really care about consider working there, there are better places for you to be. Believe me. Do your homework.
Working with probationers
Almost everything else