California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
56 Reviews
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salary, good benefits, great retirement (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent salary and good benefit package (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Negative place to work and poor management (in 3 reviews)

  • Have to be able to deal with hard individuals (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    CA Dept of Corrections & Rehab

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    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers I have had here are life long friends. The people are really great. Working in a program that was new meant that I had the opportunity to see the and be part of the development process. That was a great experience that taught me a lot of valuable lessons. Also, working around administrative staff is a great way to observe possible promotional opportunities weather it be within the department or outside.

    Cons

    Having a supportive management is crucial and this wasn't always the case. Additionally, there is a need for more space. Many office spaces are crowded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great experience

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    Current Employee - LVN in Chino, CA
    Current Employee - LVN in Chino, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Met some great Co workers at cdcr
    Benefits are great
    Pay is ok

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime
    No rotating holidays and weekend's Off
    Never enough coverage of correctional officers to nurse and inmate ratio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice Place to "Make a Difference"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor of Correctional Education in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor of Correctional Education in Stockton, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and retirement benefits. Good promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Working with inmates and wards can be demanding at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep training employees on the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    oppressive atmosphere in working with this agency

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    Current Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary and good benefit package

    Cons

    A very oppressive working environment. it is set up like a military regime. the top administration is not interested in getting feedback about how the working conditions or work load. The department has no interest in the health and welfare of its employees. they just want the work done when in reality it cannot be done due to an already too high work load. most of the workers leave due to physical and emotional injuries on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask the employees what can be done to create a healthier and more productive work environment. learn what the lower level employees are feeling and do something to create a friendlier work load and environment. stop punishing employees that cannot complete their jobs in the time demanded and find out what work load is reasonable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good career, able to move up with hard work.

    Cons

    Have to be able to deal with hard individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easy to move up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked for the department for 10 years and I am glad to be away. Too many politics.

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    Former Employee - Associate Information Systems Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Information Systems Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Promotions are available with the ability to lateral into other departments. Peace officer retirement offers a great package.

    Cons

    Management sometimes doesn't know what they are doing. Promotions are mostly given to the people "they" like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible Career Choice Unless You Are Without Other Options

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    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Soledad, CA
    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Soledad, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is not too bad after 2 years. The apprenticeship program is simple to complete and concludes with a huge jump in pay.

    Cons

    Backstabbing is always a problem in this environment. Also you will inevitably run into people who are out to destroy your career. Oh and then there are the inmates what can you say they are criminals they are going to do what Inmates do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a damn about your employees working 70 hour weeks inside of a prison with 0 work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Stay away unless you enjoy extreme stress, disrespect from "rent-a cops," and an oppressive management.

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    Former Employee - Psychologist (Contractor) in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Psychologist (Contractor) in San Diego, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Excellent pay as a contractor.

    Cons

    I am told by the other psychologists that they never promote from within. I have witnessed how they are constantly looking for mistakes and will lie about you if they want to make your life miserable. You cannot trust anyone that you work with. The workload is unbearable. Poor management and ongoing managerial training is absent. Upper level management in the medical side of the "house" is extremely disliked. The custody side is run a little better. Management is trying to run off everybody who has been there a while in order to save money especially by hiring contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are on the wrong path. You do not advance yourself by stepping on the heads of those below you. You are sneaky and have created a counter-productive culture. The State of California Department of Corrections and "Rehabilitation" in Sacramento should scrutinize the actions of the CEO and it would probably be best to terminate her. People are just plain suffering in this toxic environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    California State Prison-Corcoran

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Corcoran, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Corcoran, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love the people I worked with.

    Cons

    To many budget cuts. That is the reason I am not working at the prison. They laid off all the teaching assistants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great Government Agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Pros

    Colleagues like each other and are supportive. Congenial work environment. If you like working independently and with the public, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Fast paced and sometimes heavy caseload but manageable. Can be political at times. Not many levels for promotion but high retention rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess growth needs before having mass hirings. Consider another level of promotion for ALJIi employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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