Questions and Answers about Wisconsin Department of Corrections

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Very stressful because of the type of environment. Maximum security prison inmates usually have nothing to lose so they are more hostile toward staff, verbally and physically. You never knowing if you're going home or if you have to work another 8 hours after your original 8 hour shift.

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Vacation packages differ between exempt and non exempt positons.
All full time employees get 36 hours of Personal Holiday and 72 hours of Legal Holiday for a full calendar year.
Vacation leave for full time employees for a full year starts at 104 hours for non-exempt employees and 120 hours for exempt employees. Vacation is prorated in your first year based on your start date.

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Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't allow yourself to be a pushover; always remain level headed, strong willed, and stay vigilant.

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If you're lucky you'll only have to work 8 hours. Most days are 12-16 hours.

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Varies. Maximums are pro security. Mediums and minimums in my experience are not.

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Applied online and received a panel interview.

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40 hours a week but if vacancies need to be filled then you are ordered to stay after your shift but paid time and a half.

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Employees earn 130 hours of sick leave in a calendar year (16.5 days)
Sick leave can be rolled over from year to year and the balance used upon retirement to pay for health insurance premiums following retirement from state service.

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This department will eventually become privatized because they “cannot” find an overtime solution because their supervisors are as intelligent as a potato and were all groomed like vegetables from a crop.

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