Utility Plant Operator/ machanic (Former Employee) – Huntingdon, PA – December 7, 2018
Worked as a correctional officer for 11 years then transferred to maintenance, both are stressful jobs because of the environment. Always watching what goes on around you. Some management are alright to work with and for, while others will lie and kick you under the bus just to get ahead. Benefits are good retirement is good if you put the time in. Twenty five years and five prisons later it was time to retire. You meet a lot of different people so you will get along will and some you will not but remember going home at the end of your watch is what matters.
Correctional Officer II (Current Employee) – Monroe, WA – December 31, 2018
This job is not for everyone. A typical day at work can be very slow and boring, or it could end up being very fast, and horrible depending on what goes on daily. I have learned that each department has their own language and that hampers peoples ability to communicate effectively which gives off the air that no one cares about each other when in fact, they do. The hardest part of my job is dealing with staff. Many different ways to communicate, but none seem to be effective. The most enjoyable part of my job is that I serve as a positive role model for incarcerated individuals, and I enjoy watching them change, and grow and decide to get out of the life of a convict and actually become successful upon re-entry. I also enjoy my co-workers very much.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Arizona – January 6, 2019
The department has not had a pay raise in 13 years, and does not provide you with a uniform. The benefits are great but you are paying for them, it takes more than a third of your paycheck. The supervisors are backstabbing and lazy and do not have your back or care about you at all. In this department its the "good old boy" system. If you don't know someone or know someone who knows someone you will not get anywhere in this department.
free inmate food
No breaks, underpaid, overworked, understaffed, and not appreciated.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Pierre, SD – November 28, 2018
I worked for DOC for almost 9 years and would not prefer to work for them again. The culture was less than enjoyable. Often the staff were not respectful of one another and creating change was a difficult task
Made own schedule
Moving up is difficult unless you are friends with management
Co 1 (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – December 6, 2018
My day at my job could always be my last so you have to stay on alert when dealing with offenders. I wish my management believed more in us as officers and backed us up more. This job can be very stressful at times but being with my fellow officers and protecting the community is really huge to me.
The DOC requires you to have a job. They pay you pennies a day. It is slave labor.
Braille transcriber, maintenance, floor care. (Former Employee) – Newton and Fort Dodge, IA – December 24, 2018
The Department of Corrections has become a total "for profit" organization. They maintain the facilities through the use of forcing the inmates to do everything, for very little compensation. The "benefits" that I listed, are there regardless, because they have to provide them anyway. The Department of Corrections is no "correcting" anything. And, they do not "rehabilitate" or "improve" the men that are there. When an inmate leaves, it is very likely he will return, because he is not helped in a way that will teach him to improve himself, and become a positive and productive member of society. They should change the name of the agency from The Department of Corrections, to the Department of Criminal Recycling.
Shorty commute to work, often in the same building
Protect community from offenders and maintain security of the building.
Residential Officer (Former Employee) – Davenport, IA – October 30, 2018
A typical day I would check offenders in the building after work, job seeking, treatment, or whatever reason they may have left the building. I would conduct pat downs and perform Breath Analysis. We were also required to check in medication and administer prescribed medication to offenders. We performed Urine Analysis randomly and conducted room searches regularly without announcement. We also held hearings, listened to testimony and evaluated any evidence presented, and made judgements accordingly. We wrote reports on offenders and was required to testify in court if needed.
Great benefits with possible upward mobility.
No ability to start on 1st shift those positions go to seniority.
I always prepare myself for the next work day, however, it never works. I learned to be able to multi task when the demand of work is requested. I also learned how to handle the stress level and no matter what, I always handle situations in a professional manner. I learned that I had to lead by example to the rest of the staff in order to become a team player. The culture of the workplace is that we respect each other and work as a team. The hardest part is the shortage of staff and not enough funding to hire administrative personnel. I enjoy what I do, and I always look forward to coming to work.
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee) – Pine Bluff, AR – November 15, 2018
The workplace culture is not good. The moral is low and the work environment is stressful due to management not being properly trained. The positive part about the job is that you receive training with weapons.
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – November 5, 2018
A typical day is given direct orders to inmates who have nine months of booth camp. I learned that everyone have a story of their journey but you have to respond and keep focus. Management job can be hard but I thought they did it well knowing the responsibilities. The hardest part is not crying when a story is told but direct and supervise everyone have to keep moving and not looking behind because your focus might be left behind. I enjoyable knowing how to cope with different situtations.