California Conservation Corps Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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  1. Great Learning Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Yreka, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Yreka, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is an excellent program for anyone wanting to go into Forestry, Firefighting, Environmental work, or Disaster Relief. Your C-1 (Leader) and group leaders care so much about your personal growth and want to help you succeed. They can even help you finish high school. This is a year long program that will help you to turn into a responsible adult that cares about the environment. You have the opportunity to work on natural disasters such as fires, oil leaks, hurricanes etc., and can work in trail work, clearing, and weed control.

    Cons

    This is not a job for the faint-hearted, or the weak. You work a 40 hour week outdoors, and are on call for emergencies. You may go on an 8-day spike, outside of your general area. Going to college is impossible while working, and you will be camping and working in all kinds of weather. On spikes and fires, you will not be able to come home. It's hard work, low pay, miserable conditions, but it's also super fun.

    Advice to Management

    I am so impressed by leadership, and I would have loved to stay if I hadn't decided to enroll in college. You all have provided young people with a stable job that allows them to find a start in their professional life. Thank you for all you do!


  2. great opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Yreka, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Yreka, CA

    I have been working at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    40 hours a week guaranteed health insurance tons of free training including career development, chainsaw training outdoor work

    Cons

    hard work, low pay, miserable conditions, and more!


  3. Crew Member

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Conservation Corps part-time

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

    Pros

    1000 - 15000 depending on you coming to work everyday. They also played me out my checks too

    Cons

    Hard WORK MISERABLE CONDITIONS LOW PAY! they mean it

    Advice to Management

    Need more responsible crew leaders so people won't get hurt so easily.


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  5. outdoor badassery

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trail Worker in Mammoth Lakes, CA
    Former Employee - Trail Worker in Mammoth Lakes, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    rewarding, part of team, learned new skills

    Cons

    physically demanding, made my back hurt

    Advice to Management

    don't push those kids so hard


  6. Fun place to work with a great mission.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The department is like a family.

    Cons

    The department is smaller which makes it harder for growth within.


  7. Alright place for a first job if you're putting off college.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SRP Specialist in Ukiah, CA
    Former Employee - SRP Specialist in Ukiah, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience cool new places. Meet people everyday. Traveling is half the work. Easy money.. if you like making 64 bucks a day for manual labor.

    Cons

    Living quarters are really uncomfortable, and if you eat on center they try to make the cheapest thing possible everyday.Sometimes idiots are your supervisors and managers, but that's everywhere in life. Work is very boring and uninteresting. Only career path is for those interested in CalTrans & US Forestry. Some people make the program a joke, and just wanna have fun all day - Stay away from them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the people you give power to.


  8. Good place to work, safe place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Quality Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Quality Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of Challenges, and recognition

    Cons

    Multi locations, several quality systems


  9. Helpful (1)

    I loved my job as a Recruiter!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Services Analyst/Recruiter in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Services Analyst/Recruiter in San Bernardino, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not being behind a desk every waking moment was a huge plus. My boss was out of Sacramento and communicated daily in a way that I never felt secluded or alone. He was probably the best Manager I have ever dealt with because he was honest, forthcoming, and I never felt as if I was criticized, only mentored.

    Cons

    A new Manager took over with a completely different management style. Every thing changed so fast and had to be HIS way. I was constantly barraged with emails regarding how poorly he felt of my worth to the organization. He was completely unprofessional and I left the position as soon as I could. Human Resources could not believe the treatment he was giving to every Recruiter within the State CCC program.

    Advice to Management

    Just because a person is qualified for a position does not mean that they are a good fit. Looking for feedback and taking current employee feedback into consideration determines the attitude of the entire organization. Transition Management plans instead of instantly changing every policy in place by an old manager, that has a proven track record, can make a huge difference on employee retention.


  10. The best place to offer career development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AGPA
    Current Employee - AGPA

    I have been working at California Conservation Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The focus is all about career development. It is okay to make mistakes here, however, you will be held accountable for your work.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy due to working for the State

    Advice to Management

    Try not to always hire or promote from within. The tests/interviews are geared toward those who already work within the CCC system.


  11. Like a well oiled machine.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corpsmember in Imperial, CA
    Former Employee - Corpsmember in Imperial, CA

    I worked at California Conservation Corps full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working for the State of California has it's benefits. Being trained in HAZWOPER and HAZMAT while aiding firefighters with brush fires and learning new skills in the field.

    Cons

    Living quarters was lumped together in a former mental facility with only bathroom privacy. Emergency Corpsmember Leaders were immovable and unforgiving.



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