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What is the work environment and culture like at Texas Department of Criminal Justice?

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Can be stressful at times. Good benefits and decent pay. You learn how to deal with all types of personalities on this job and develop street savy. Hardest part about the job is dealing with Co workers/politics.

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A typical day for me was managing offenders in an Ad-Seg and/or Close Custody environment for 12 or more hours a day. I survived working in that environment for over 18 years before it finally just got to be way too much for me to handle both physically and mentally and I was forced to retire recently. Those offenders in that area are generally very dangerous and manipulative towards staff at all times and they absolutely will hurt or kill you at the drop of a hat. Furthermore, those offenders are also constantly trying to hurt or kill the other offenders around them and they will frequently try to commit suicide as well. Being at your duty post in this sort of environment is similar to being on a combat patrol downrange in the military because you constantly have to pay attention to detail and be aware of every single little thing going on around you at all times. The penalty for failure to do so ranges anywhere from just a reprimand or probation clear all the way up to a violent death of you, a co-worker or an offender at any time. The supervisors are generally pretty decent but quite a few of them have no real leadership experience and are in this ballgame just for themselves. The weak supervisors will also be very quick to throw their staff under the bus when things get too hot for them. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to utilize my experience as a Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant in the US Army to motivate my co-workers and most of the supervisors to strive for excellence in their job and to be successful at what they're doing every day. Furthermore, I consider working for TDCJ to be an important act of national service for one's country very much in the same way that serving in the military is. This is due to the very dangerous nature of this type of job and it's impact on maintaining public safety.

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The correction officers are often more criminal than the inmates.

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Good paying job

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Stressful, hot, dangerous, fast.

Answered - Correctional Officer V (Former Employee) - Texas

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I see you will review this so it will not be posted. Mainly because it is sooooo true and you do not wish people to know they will be treated unfairly at that prison!!!!

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Working around inmates can be very dangerous. You have to be aware of your surroundings and be able to deflate heated confrontational situations.

Answered - Clerk II / Mailroom (Current Employee) - Amarillo, TX

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Stressful and very demanding!

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Stressfull and demanding job.

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Very good working environment and good staff arround with confidence of working the next day

Answered - Correctional Officer III (Former Employee) - Palestine, TX

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