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Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Great place to work, team is awesome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Corrections

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, meet plenty of people all over the state while performing investigations.

    Cons

    Heavy caseload most the time, meeting deadlines is difficult and it's rare to have an extension authorized when addition time is required to complete a thorough investigation

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership

  2. alot depends on who you are woorking with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Corrections

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Met some good people. I got to work out side.

    Cons

    Dangerous at times. Staff to inmate ratio poor

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the staff are properly traines

  3. 20+ years working for ADC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good medical benefits plus annual, sick and holiday pay.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to feel there is a bottomless pot to pick employees from. Some staff have no common sense. Gets scary working in that situation.

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for the people who do all the work. Stop creating positions for buddies in lieu of hiring working staff. The layers of upper management is ridiculous. Too many layers of useless 'made up' positions.

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  5. Az Doc

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, government job, good experience for law enforcement,

    Cons

    emotional and physical stress, negative environment, physical danger.

  6. Good experience

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in Florence, AZ
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in Florence, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good insurance and retirement benifits

    Cons

    low pay dangerous environment at times (bio hazards, hepatitis, blood)

    Advice to Management

    Could use better pay, I worked on the side to make up the difference, I was making more on the side.so I quit for that reason. Experience was great, tho seen as a negative; there is a lot that can be learned while working in this environment. Good opportunities for further training but not many opportunities for a good pay increase.

  7. COTA

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    Former Employee - Cadet in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Cadet in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Corrections full-time (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    U get paid for the training, 8 hours only, uniforms. Free food. Muscle aches that don't go away.

    Cons

    To much PHYSICAL TRAINING and long days. U only get paid for 8 hours of the day but stay there for 10 hours. PHYSICAL TRAINING is unpaid also lunch and breaks. Physical training will kick your butt indeed.

    Advice to Management

    U guys are starving for employees. Cut the unnecessary stuff like physical training and just teach how to be a correction officer. Also cut the strict attitudes with the cadets. When they go out there they are clueless of how they are so
    They will be scared. Teach them not belittle them.

  8. Helpful (1)

    14 years of good benefits but less that great work environment.

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    Current Employee - COII in Safford, AZ
    Current Employee - COII in Safford, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, paid annual and sick leave. Employee housing at some complexes (cost next to nothing). Pay great for job not requiring a lot of education There is often an opportunity for overtime.

    Cons

    No real value of employees, too easy to replace. Promoting to early so that senor staff are training their supervisors. Rotations of out lying complexes can causes hardships for families. No

    Advice to Management

    If an idea is put into practice that doesn't work out as expected, drop it. Review some of the old ways of doing things that are no longer necessary or practical and revise. Don't expect one size to fit all.

  9. ADC offers a steady job with regular hours.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer II in Safford, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer II in Safford, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ADC Corrections Officers usually work 40-hours work per week, with occasional opportunities for overtime. The work culture supports a fair and consistent workplace, with systems in place to address problems in this area. Most prisons are relatively safe in which to work; however, the behavior of employees in their interactions with inmates can and does impact the safety factor. The training received at Corrections Officer Academy is sufficient for the work that is expected of entry-level employees.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to obtain assignment to one's desired shift and/or days off, as decisions on these matters are not necessarily strictly governed by policy. The job can be emotionally draining due the nature of dealing with individuals who are immersed in a culture that has no appreciation for confinement. Most duties are covered by corporate-level and local policies that have derived from litigation in one form or another, and most employees understand this This can result in "catch-22s" and inexplicable enforcement and non-enforcement of policy at different times; depending on prevailing management trends which are frequently based on abjectly anecdotal information.

    Advice to Management

    ADC may benefit from management practices that employ some accepted method of process improvement, rather than the current behavior of testing new and often ill-conceived ideas on employees.

  10. Make sure this is the right job for you.

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    Current Employee - CO III in Florence, AZ
    Current Employee - CO III in Florence, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For not requiring more than a high school diploma or GED, the pay is incredible. so are the benefits-according to health care professionals in the offices I have used, the best in the state. You get to meet & work with some amazing people, opportunities for interesting assignments are limitless, advancement is wide open, education is encouraged and paid for.

    Cons

    For the working conditions and hazards we face daily, the pay is below standard. some of the staff you work with are lazy, ignorant and sometimes dangerously complacent. You may wait a long, long time to get the schedule you prefer, but you sign on the line you are willing to do that when you start. And you may need to be willing to make some geographical moves to take advantage of the career and other opportunities available.

    Advice to Management

    Change your management style from dictator to servant leader: do whatever it takes to let your people know that they matter to you and the Department, that without them, DOC could not function. You are responsible for staff morale, take it seriously and look into what you can do to transform your Department. It can be done in one generation, in one year, even, without being cost-prohibitive.

  11. Lewis Complex

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Corrections (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, room for advancement

    Cons

    They hire anyone with a pulse. It's extremely corrupt, it's a constant witch hunt, these administrators are some of the most unprofessional people I've worked for. I've yet to have a conversation with a DW that wasn't profane. The harassment is beyond belief, the hostility is at an extreme. There needs to be a management study conducted and rid the dept of these cancers.

    Advice to Management

    You are the reason the dept is failing.

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