Texas Department of Criminal Justice Employee Reviews

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Keep track and count of offenders
Correctional Officer III (Former Employee) –  Huntsville, TXJuly 18, 2018
I loved my job. Some days were stressful because we didnt know what mind state the offenders were in. i kept track and count of offenders and made sure everyone was in their correct units
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fast paced
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  New Boston, TXJuly 17, 2018
It was a real eye-opener, preformed counts, feedings, wrote and ran cases, worked in various positions, did paperwork, did prisoner transports to hospitals and other units.
Pros
free buffet
Cons
short breaks
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4.0
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Great benefits, stressful, able to advance
Laundry Manager (Current Employee) –  Edinburg, TXJuly 17, 2018
State Job, one is able to pension out.. Great benefits, stressful at times, provide watch over inmates while incarcerated. One is able to advance to better positions and pay
Pros
Free breakfast, lunch, dinner, free uniforms
Cons
Stressful, some lazy coworkers
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5.0
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Stressfull
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Bonham, TXJuly 16, 2018
This is a very stressful job. IT does take a special kind of person to be able to handle the job. You deal with criminals throughout the whole day and some of these offenders are violent. However the pay and benefits are excellent.
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4.0
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High stress...low pay
Correctional Officer 5 (Former Employee) –  Bonham, TXJuly 16, 2018
Not enough pay for the job you do...only some people get recognized for their good deeds...too much like jr. High School....popularity contests when it's time for promotions...etc. Benefits the only thing that kept me going
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4.0
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Good
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Fort Stockton, TXJuly 16, 2018
Good benefits, job culture is good, management is ok, and schedules very usually 12 hr shifts, advancement opportunities vary based of unit and departments.
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2.0
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No comment
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) –  Beaumont, TXJuly 15, 2018
Look, if you are looking for a job to test your morals and courage it is a good place to pay your bills. My only recommendation is you need to be honest with yourself before you start. Prisons are full of bad people who have done bad things and are not happy they are locked up. This is not a place where flowers grow or progress is made. The job is simple, keep people safe while they are locked up. Nothing more or less. I guess what I am saying is don't expect rainbows and unicorns.
Pros
Fried Chicken Thursday
Cons
56 hours of work before OT kicks in
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1.0
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Cut-throat Co-workers and Highly Unappreciated
Correctional Officer, Level 5 (Former Employee) –  Huntsville, TXJuly 13, 2018
The pay and benefits are great. The correctional officer position as well as some upper administration positions lacks professionalism and do not care about other co-workers or how they talk to each other. I would never recommend this type of verbal abuse on anyone. Sometimes you are required to work longer hours then a normal days shift due to the staff call in rate. In my experience, there is a lot of retaliation from supervisors that range from calling in due to a family emergency, choosing to not come to work sick, not being excepted in the favorable 'Click" which is usually the most complacent of the shift and then picked as the new supervisor position TO choosing to have some integrity and do the right thing even if that means the supervisor gets in trouble for doing the wrong thing. A GOOD supervisor is a dime in a dozen. You most likely will be unappreciated, pushed to the side unless you are called on to help others who didn't pull their own weight, and then written up if you refuse to do it. That about sums it up.
Pros
Free Meal, Good Benefits, Decent Pay
Cons
1-Short break ( if your lucky), Cut-throat staff, Supervisors will throw you under the bus
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5.0
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Great Benefits
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Gatesville, TXJuly 13, 2018
This job is great for someone who wants to make a carrier instead of just a job. It has great pay and benefits. The job is hard and not for everyone, but if you can be stern and learn fast it will be a great job.
Cons
Short Breaks
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4.0
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Character building and overall great work experience
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  TexasJuly 12, 2018
From my experience the environment is based solely on your people skills but for the most part it's kinda negative (it is prison after all). Teamwork is essential for this job.
Pros
Great pay, paid vacation and sick time.
Cons
Negative environment.
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4.0
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Tough place to work
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Gatesville, TXJuly 11, 2018
If don't working long day and long hours. And also working around inmates, this could be the place for you. Some supervisors dont need to be there, but then you have your good ones too.
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Benefits
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Rank
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1.0
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not a good place
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Galveston, TXJuly 10, 2018
It was just a stepping stone to be able to get into a job with the federal bureau of prisons. pay was horrible. gay culture with the females was alive and well.
Pros
none
Cons
everything
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4.0
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Enjoy the Human Resources field
MANAGER IV-EMPLOYMENT & SUPPORT SERVICES (Former Employee) –  Huntsville, TXJuly 10, 2018
I enjoyed my career with TDCJ. I worked for TDCJ for over 25 years and retired at the end of June 2018. All of my time was in the Human Resources field.
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5.0
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very dangerous environment with low staff morale
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) –  Tennessee Colony, TXJuly 10, 2018
very dangerous environment with no incentives or good staff development. If your good at showing up to work and don't care about your personal safety and well being this job is perfect.
Pros
free prison food
Cons
assaults are frequent and there is no disciplinary to offenders.
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2.0
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Provides clean uniforms for a professional look
Correctional Officer - Safety and Security (Former Employee) –  Dayton, TXJuly 9, 2018
Can be stressful at times. Hours change randomly due to shortage of staff. pay is not so good and its salary meaning only once a month of the first of every month.
Pros
Benefits, Friendly coworkers
Cons
Stressful
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3.0
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Highly Stressful
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Rosharon, TXJuly 9, 2018
After working there so long you tend to be hardened by the environment youre in all day. The climate is controlled by outside and apparently breaks and lunches do not exist at all.
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Worst place to work
PAROLE OFFICER II (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TXJuly 9, 2018
Very stressful, low pay, rude managers, low security....run away while you can. The caseloads are manageable but will cause great stress over time. The managers don’t care when you ask for help or voice concerns. HR is unprofessional and lies. Just a horrible place to work. Managers micromanage.
Pros
None
Cons
Free benefits for self
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3.0
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Horrible supervisors
Clerk II- Offender Records (Current Employee) –  Lovelady, TXJuly 8, 2018
It feels like you are in high school all over again with all the drama. Supervisors are not understanding and clerical staff in the offices are the same.
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2.0
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Can be rewarding
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  Gatesville, TXJuly 8, 2018
Overall it can be a rewarding job. Many people you work with are against you from the beginning. Inmates will cause issues with everything. If you do your job right, it will be exhausting.
Pros
Benifits
Cons
Dealing with felons
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1.0
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Dangerous and fickle place to work
Correctional Officer III (Former Employee) –  Amarillo, TXJuly 6, 2018
When you work for TDCJ you have to work in a particular fashion to ensure the safety and security of both the offenders and fellow staffing. but the supervisors such as the Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains may or may not have your back when it comes down to when you need their help. Very strict hierarchy system.
Pros
Decent benefits, good pay
Cons
tense and tedious work environment
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