Corrections Corporation of America Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Corrections Corporation of America President, CEO, and Director Damon T. Hininger
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Pros
  • Good pay,good benefits,days off,paid time off (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick time, guaranteed forty plus hours a week (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Unprofessional upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Correctional officers are stuck working some weeks 5 out of the 7 days (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Garbage

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tutwiler, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tutwiler, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, ccassist, long term/short teen disability

    Cons

    It's all about who u know when it come to promoting, 120 inmates in a pod 1 security officer, not organized, mandatory overtime, point system is garbage u get 2 points for calling out and 1 point for being late


  2. Detention Officer

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    Former Employee - Director in Canton, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Canton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay depending on the contract and the facility you are located at.

    Cons

    Good ol' boy network Voluntold your staying late, when others are not required to at all. Prior experience does not warrant advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Give individuals with skills acquired in other positions (prior jobs) a chance to use them, instead of making everyone learn the CCA way. Visit with staff on the night shift, and not just when you have to " check the box."


  3. officer

    Current Employee - Officer in Lecanto, FL
    Current Employee - Officer in Lecanto, FL

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    its a job. nothing more I am going to say

    Cons

    too much "inner circle". nothing more I m going to say


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    Corrections Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No doubt the camaraderie is there. The pay is high with occasional overtime.

    Cons

    It is a prison environment, which may not be for every one.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to incorporate more team building activities within each shift.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Cultural Disconnect-Corporate vs. Facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Whiteville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Whiteville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CCA is one of the larger private corrections providers in the US, and does offer a lot of different career paths. Internal promotions (particularly for security positions) are very common so this is a great company for those who are seriously interested in a correctional career. It is not unusual to find wardens at CCA facilities who started their careers at CCA as Correctional Officers. This could be a pro or con depending on how you look at it and your own geographic preferences, but most of CCA's facilities are located in the South and Southwest with a couple in Ohio, CA, and one in NJ so there are plenty of facilities to relocate to for various openings. CCA does provide onboarding for its new hires. New Correctional Officers go through a 4-week pre-service training before being released to the floor and other positions also take parts of the pre-service training. CCA will hire individuals whose experience is in another field other than corrections/criminal justice. The corporate facility for CCA is based in Nashville, TN and is a fantastic resource. In prior positions, corporate has normally been a thorn in my side but I can honestly say that CCA's corporate group is definitely there to support the facilities and has some excellent people.

    Cons

    Many of the facilities are in small towns which might not be a bad thing geographically for some people but definitely helps create the 'insider vs. outsider' network common in quite a few facilities. Difficulty implementing positive changes or gaining cooperation/audiences if you are not considered an insider. There is definitely high turnover in this industry if you are coming from any other industry (except maybe retail/fast food) and most facilities probably average 40%-65% annually. Health/vision/dental benefits employee contribution cost is relatively high in proportion to the average earnings and high, high deductibles with the health plan.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure on how to "fix" the issue with the negative cliquishness at some of the facilities in smaller towns since that just might be inherent in the long tenure in the networks and the small locations. I would suggest finding a way to allow corporate CCA culture to flow down to all of the facilities. I know that is a difficult task, but it would be very helpful in working out some of the issues with the turnover and cliques.


  7. Helpful (2)

    ARE YOU READY TO FEEL EXPENDABLE!!!?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of hours to work and over time is available. By available I mean mandatory. The front line staff or common correctional officer are some of the best people I have worked with. If the only sets of clothes you plan to wear are your pajamas and the uniform, then you are in the right place.

    Cons

    It's a business first and a jail second. That's how they run. Prophet over protection. Upper management is at a complete disconnect with the front line staff. They enforce policies only as it fits their needs at any given time. Like lawyers manipulating the wording of law they twist the meaning of things to throw you under the buss. The treatment of staff is laughable. Double standards and blatant favoritism is rampant. They run an inner city jail with D.O.C. policies and not surprisingly it doesn't work. They threaten you if you don't work the mandatory overtime even though they have no right to do so. Not under any company policy. They facility runs less like a paramilitary environment and more like a chapter out of Lord of the flies, with clicks, groupies, and the good ol boy clubs fracturing the unity of the facility. Over worked, micromanaged, understaffed, and under supported.

    Advice to Management

    Facility needs sweeping reform from the top down.


  8. It's just a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will have a job to go to.

    Cons

    It's private so money is more important than safety it seems to me.

    Advice to Management

    Put the lives of your officers first above money.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low pay, with no flexibility with upper management

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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in California City, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in California City, CA

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working class staff was amazing to work with

    Cons

    leadership minus a few awesome staff, not a well communicated work environment, comany was only looking out for itself


  10. Good place to work with decent benefits

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    Current Employee - Administrative Clerk in Henderson, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Clerk in Henderson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, nice people, good hours

    Cons

    pay not so good, needs better disciplinary process

    Advice to Management

    Listen to concerns of employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    Corrections Corporation of America was hard on families.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Kuna, ID
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Kuna, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were a major reason for continuing employment. The co-workers are all great people. The company also had nice parties for families.

    Cons

    The stress of needing to get my work done with no additional manpower was difficult. i had to be married to my job. This caused problems at home. This also contributed to my health beginning to suffer. My manager said I look stressed out!. Mandatory minimum number of employees is a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on making the company more friendly to families. Workers need to be able to go home and leave work at home.



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