California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Updated August 29, 2015
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard
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Pros
  • Decent salary, good benefits, great retirement (in 5 reviews)

  • Great pay, easy to test and promote, benefits, retirement (in 4 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. Registered Dental Assistant

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    Former Employee - Registered Dental Assistant in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Dental Assistant in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, team leader, great pay

    Cons

    Lot of drama, leadership poor,

    Advice to Management

    Please consider me for the RDA position


  2. Legal Affairs section

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the work and responsibilities. I was able to further my legal career while working with some great coworkers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there was a great deal of political posturing within Legal Affairs from top to bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Support Staff, they are the ones that do the "grunt work" and often they see areas for improvement.


  3. Stable Career with benefits

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    Former Employee - Case Records Technician in Susanville, CA
    Former Employee - Case Records Technician in Susanville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady path with upward mobility Regulations, while tiresome, keep you from getting in trouble unless you've not followed them

    Cons

    Like any government department there is a lot of politics that sometimes get in the way of the work getting done

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites, nobody really wins.


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  5. Correctional Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time

    Pros

    - early retirement with high compensation - easy job once at prison - a lot of over time at most institutions

    Cons

    - you have to go to work in a prison everyday - it will effect your home life almost over night, half of the people i graduated with were split from their significant others within a year. I ended up leaving in order to save my marriage. but good times!

    Advice to Management

    Psychological evaluation should be standard for all management along with weapons training.


  6. CDCR Office Technician (Typing)

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    Current Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and promotion; virtually limitless.

    Cons

    If you work in a prison or other secure area your access to the web might be limited. If you are ok with that then there is no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be kind and respectful to the good employees.


  7. Office Technician (Typing)

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    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and promotion; virtually limitless.

    Cons

    If you work in a prison or other secure area your access to the web might be limited. If you are ok with that then there is no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be kind and respectful to the good employees.


  8. Worked there for 3 years

    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Room for Growth, Challenging work

    Cons

    High Turnover, Unprofessional at times.


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    Management Services Technician

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    Current Employee - Management Services Technician
    Current Employee - Management Services Technician

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9-5 great benefits and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    The pay is good for what I do, my position is rather unskilled.


  10. Correctional Officer

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chowchilla, CA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chowchilla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are unbeatable. Plenty of opportunities for promotions and laterals. If you like overtime its available. Several locations throughout California to chose from.

    Cons

    Required to work Holidays and weekends. Your required to work overtime when shifts are short staff. Working in a negative environment that can affect your out look on society. I can put a strain on the family due to work hours. especially when your first starting and have no seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Often management fails to listen and take advice from line staff. Management often makes command decissions that are often the easy left than the hard right.


  11. RN

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Escondido, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits benefits benefits, retirement is still defined benefit ie pension, medical insurance coverage great cost low, dental vision life legal 457/401k standard. Paid vacation paid holidays paid sick days

    Cons

    Work environment, culture, climate can be trying for most from time to time. Inherently dangerous usually safe.



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