Minnesota Department of Corrections Employee Reviews

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Fast pace
Central Services Admin Services (CSAS)-Principal (Current Employee) –  Lino Lakes, MNJuly 2, 2018
Fast pace and stressful at times. Paid Holidays, accruals of vacation and medical paid leave. Competitive pay for rurual areas. Team work is a must, must be able to rely on coworkers.
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Structured workplace but tough hours and work week
Corrections Officer 2 (Former Employee) –  Stillwater, MNMay 6, 2018
It is a very structured job with room for advancement. The hours are not ideal if you are raising a family, however. I enjoyed working at the MN DOC - it was challenging and rewarding.
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Great learning experience
Volunteer Circle Member (Former Employee) –  Saint Paul, MNApril 30, 2018
As a volunteer with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, I gained a plethora of interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both within my assigned team as well as with the participants assigned to the program. The experience gained by working alongside and with a diverse population created a sense of confidence that allowed me to perform at the highest level successfully. The hardest part of the job is separating oneself from your work at the end of the day. One always finds themselves seeking additional ways to assist the clients and the program even after leaving the site. The most enjoyable part of the job is watching clients successfully transitioning from incarceration to civilian life again. It is a challenging task, but very rewarding when they reenter communities and return to a productive lifestyle.
Pros
Diversified relationship building
Cons
Always wish for more hours in the day
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A very rewarding career
CORRECTIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR (Former Employee) –  Saint Paul, MNApril 19, 2018
I enjoyed working at the MN DOC - it was challenging and rewarding. I was given opportunity to advance my career and learn many new skills. I would recommend this job for people interested in helping people or interested in law enforcement.
Pros
Challenging and rewarding
Cons
Violence
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The employees are more criminal than the offenders
Clinical Program Therapist (Former Employee) –  Lino Lakes, MNMarch 31, 2018
Anywhere else is a better option. The work environment is criminal and hostile. The pay is horrible, at least 40% lower than industry standard. The benefits are going away. Unless you play politics and are a supurb cut throat, disregard ethics, kiss up to unqualified and unprofessional supervisors, throw away best practices, and don't care about merit or advancement, then the MN DOC is the place for you! Their leadership is corrupt from the top down. Working there will suck the life out of you. AVOID AVOID AVOID. This is not a place you want to work.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything in a job you would despise
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Micro Pool
Corrections Officer 1 (Former Employee) –  Lino Lakes, MNMarch 20, 2018
I started working for the DOC in 2017. with in the first couple of weeks it seemed ok, a typical prison environment. after the 6 week academy and completing all required training I was promoted to corrections officer 1 with a 1 probation. At first I felt the job was cool until I started hearing about the "micro pool". the micro pool is basically a pool of new people who are in a reserve status and the schedule constantly changes. you could literally go from working overnights to working days with in a 24 hour period and here is nothing to be done about it no matter how much you complain or regardless of your personal life experience. When you are in the micro pool you will never have set days off and you will never be able to make plans ahead of time. Keep in mind everybody who is new to the DOC regardless of experience will go in to the micro pool. It is not accommodating for some one who has kids there for I would not recommend the DOC. Great benefits and you do accrue a lot of vacation. But being new you can not take vacation until after 6 months of being certified as a CO1. Another thing to be aware of is the forced over time it happens a lot and being new you have to be prepared to be forced overtime.
Pros
Benefits, Pension
Cons
Forced Overtime, Micro Pool, work and life balance, 1 year probation
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Very structured environment but a safe place to work.
Correctional Program Director (Former Employee) –  Faribault, MNJanuary 25, 2018
Very structured environment. It is a very safe place to work. You will meet great colleagues at here. In general, each prison is very well organized and they have leaders for every division. Loved working here just too far from home.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Non
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Good For Bennies, Bad for Money
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) –  Saint Cloud, MNDecember 19, 2017
You will always have a job if you have a head on your shoulders, the hard part is that no matter how hard you work or how good you are at your job, you will always be paid the exact same amount of money as the guy who started next to you who does nothing. You will know EXACTLY how much money you will make in ten years and the Legislator has the ability to ruin the financial security of your family. That's all outside the constant threat of being stabbed in the neck by somebody society has deemed unworthy of freedom.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Everything else
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Not so fun place to work
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee) –  Oak Park Heights, MNAugust 1, 2017
Its a union shop and people get promoted based on seniority and work ethic. The wrong people in the wrong positions makes for a dangerous environment.
Pros
Great long term benifts
Cons
Poor work enviroment
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Great Job Security!
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) –  Faribault, MNMay 19, 2017
Great place to develop experience in Criminal Justice. Can be stressful at times, but is very rewarding in itself. We make a difference in lives of others.
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Education Director (Current Employee) –  kkkkMay 10, 2017
This is a great place to work, I would recommend it to anyone. There is a lot of room to advance through the ranks. Do yourself a favor and begin your career today
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Minnesota Department of Corrections
Corrections Officer II (Former Employee) –  Shakopee, MN 55379April 21, 2017
Job description includes.



Supervisor offenders in daily routines, monitor movements, activities, exercise disciplinary control and write reports.
Pros
Compensation/Benefits, lots of freedom, daily challenges
Cons
daily challenges
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not for me
Cook Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Faribault, MNFebruary 7, 2017
Co workers were worse than the inmates.
I'd rather have been stabbed in the back with a knife by an inmate, than compared to all the back stabbings I took for my co workers.
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Productive place to work, all kinds of people to work with FUN!
Food Service, Cook (Former Employee) –  Lino Lakes, MNOctober 20, 2016
Typical day consists of finding the lead supervisor, pulling food from cooler, and spices from dry storage, finding all equipment needed and working with a team of people in a safe environment. Hardest part was being short of meals so we improvised with leftovers, best part was working with people of different backgrounds.
Pros
free lunch, and adjusting taste
Cons
none
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Really enjoyed working for this company.
Health Services Administrator-Intermediate (Current Employee) –  Saint Paul, MNMarch 25, 2016
The clients were great. The training the company provided was a wealth of knowledge. Co-workers were great to work with. Management was organized.
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Very negative atmosphere - no support from upper management
Corrections Officer II (Former Employee) –  Rush City, MNJanuary 27, 2016
Very hard place to work. No support from upper quasi Military atmosphere. Micro managed and non-supportive. Not a place to recommend to someone for any reason. Managers only looking to be promoted at all costs. No justification for managers giving discipline other then being directed to by upper management for promotional opportunities.

ahhhh sad, sad, sad. But I hung in until early retirement could happen.
Pros
Fellow Officers
Cons
Management
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Hardest part of the job
Janitor (Former Employee) –  Moose Lake, MNOctober 16, 2015
Working shoulder to shoulder with inmates. Having to watch your back always, including an element of fear. Not knowing what your job might be from day to day. Advancement into a different pay grade might take years.
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Worst job I've eve had.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Stillwater Correctional Facility, Stillwater, MNJune 12, 2015
It's a place or job were you sit and wait for emergencies, so one minute your talking to a fellow staff member, and the next you are breaking up a fight between 2-10 offenders. Mace is used a lot!
Pros
None
Cons
You become numb to life's joy's and suffering.
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Large government agency.
Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services (Former Employee) –  Saint Paul, MNJanuary 25, 2015
Multiple mental health services including general mental health, chemical dependency, psychiatry, mental health hospital and transition programming.
Pros
Government job offering advancement opportunities and stability
Cons
Difficult work environment. Beaurocracy.
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Highest level of PTSD without going to war
Corrections Officer II (Former Employee) –  Saint Cloud, MNDecember 4, 2014
This workplace will guarantee you highest level of PTSD without going to war.
This is called modern day civilized slavery.
Schedule is getting worse day by day ..
Guaranteed stress.
More people committed suicide in this job than any in my town.
5 people committed suicide in last 6 years.
And another thing, your marriage is about to end cuz you work at the prison.
everyone in my academy got divorce except one. 5 out of 6.
Union is an ultimate joke with the collaboration of the administration.
Pros
State benefits and some good friends
Cons
everything else. esp. stress
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