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Updated April 19, 2015
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate
Matthew Cate
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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. Psychologist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits, opportunitities for growth.

    Cons

    None so far for me. I enjoy working wtih the population and the challenging environment.

    Advice to Management

    I work with a great group of supervisors. Have been very fortunate.

  2. Staff Services Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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

    Pros

    This job is pretty stable, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Work environment can be hostile. You are working around inmates after all.

  3. Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High level of autonomy and fairly decent benefits package; promotion of upward mobility and attaining new skill sets with the opportunity for a lot of training.

    Cons

    The State of California employs an arbitrary measure for what qualifications an individual needs in order to promote, work experience and education mean more than potential and intellect and as such, some staff is forced to stay in entry-level positions despite their working knowledge since their classification types disbar them from moving up until an appropriate amount of time has passed. In short, moving up is not necessarily a reflection of skill, but rather how much time one can bide.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct work as if the office were a business and implement policies that allow for more flexibility in staffing.

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  5. Good environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Pros

    Nice people, low stress.

    Cons

    low pay but good benefits.

  6. Great start to a career!

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Chowchilla, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Chowchilla, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay. Great promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat political at times.

    Advice to Management

    Equal treatment of all employees.

  7. If you are lucky enough to stay out of management's crosshairs, it's a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are fantastic. Generally, there is also good job security. The hours and schedules allow you to spend plenty of time with your family.

    Cons

    I do not like that management is so quick to abandon its employees. Also, working in prisons can be very challenging. The public looks down on you, Inmates and their families look down on you, and your management does not do enough to protect you from outside criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look out for its employees better. It to commonly allows cliques to form, and management is too quick to take adverse action against good employees who may accidently mess up once.

  8. review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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

    Pros

    steady work, benefits good time off

    Cons

    Few motivated individuals to work with

    Advice to Management

    Manage personel

  9. Correctional Officer

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer

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

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

    Pros

    Great tranning for future employment oppertunitys for other jobs ie. security Police dept.

    Cons

    just working long hours odd and holidays, weekends but great pay

    Advice to Management

    Moore combat training and better time of rotate schedule

  10. Correctional Lieutenant

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    Former Employee - Correctional Lieutenant in Chino, CA
    Former Employee - Correctional Lieutenant in Chino, CA

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

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

    Pros

    dependable, reliable, prompt, and defecated

    Cons

    dangerous environment, life threatening, bad attitudes

    Advice to Management

    listen more to line staff suggestions

  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, challenging patients, decent resources, good benefits like paid vacations/time off/continuing education/health/retirement,

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of leadership, very political, no clear promotion track, most trainings are irrelevant to clinician's work but rather the demands of headquarters, minimal salary increase once you hit the ceiling except for rare cost of living increases.

    Advice to Management

    Get some actual management training and use it effectively!

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