California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Updated July 20, 2015
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard
Dr. Jeffrey Beard
2 Ratings

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. Helpful (1)

    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.


  2. RN

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

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  3. Correctional Officer

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chowchilla, CA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chowchilla, CA

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

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

    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.


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  5. Steady and Reliable

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    Current Employee - Office Technician in Norco, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Norco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Types of Leave, Monday through Friday work schedule

    Cons

    Not a lot of promotional ability, prison environment

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating lines of promotion for all staff.


  6. CDCR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    CDCR has great people to work with and a good benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, savings plans, and pension plans.

    Cons

    this is a twenty four/seven working environment which can be a pro for some and a con for others. At times workers may have to work OT when it is not in the worker's plans.


  7. Office Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Pros

    Staff, Salary, Benefits, Balance work/family life

    Cons

    Location is not good. Training is not good, and not very organized from dept to dept

    Advice to Management

    More extensive training program


  8. Helpful (1)

    Office Technician

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    Current Employee - Office Technician in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the people that I work with, very professional, respectful, and nice. I love the work that I do and I am good at it.

    Cons

    It is a very political environment and hard to promote. The cost of living is too high for the pay that is offered.

    Advice to Management

    Take away some of the rules that hold people back from promotion and promote people you know are qualified to do the job.


  9. Food for Thought

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The pros of working in this industry is the job security, Health, and retirement benefits. The State also allows you a lot of different avenues for career advancement.

    Cons

    The cons of this career is that there a lot of positions filled by individuals that received their position for who they know, instead of what they know. Which can cause big problems for individuals that may incur a family, or medical emergency and have to deal with someone who has no clue of programs that are there to help employees or any knowledge of California labor laws.

    Advice to Management

    Hire those that are qualified with the proper education for the position they are applying for. If you are going to spend the time and money on a DOM ( Departmental Operations Manual) make sure EVERY department is following it. Every department and every shift do things different then what is stated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    CDCR Staffer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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

    Pros

    1) Not as bad as many people think. 2) Good benefits, decent salary 3) Working with people

    Cons

    1) Time. Takes extended periods of time for anything to happen.


  11. Fear, frustration and politics

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    Current Employee - HQ Mid-level in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - HQ Mid-level in Sacramento, CA

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

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

    Pros

    There are some islands of sanity, decent management and clear purpose. As indicated by the range of reviews, some folks have been lucky enough to find those spots and that is their vision of CDCR. Lucky them! But they are probably aware things can change - typically for the worse - very quickly in a hyper-political and a culture that thrives on either back-stabbing or planning for retirement date.

    Cons

    Political interests weigh heavily at all levels - together with "no changes because (a) it's never been done that way; (b) superiors might not like it; (c) it might not work; and (d) won't be able to get it past the union(s)." Almost every job in CDCR requires an ability to appreciate you need to do the best you can, within horrific limits, and not take it home with you. Far too many people are just getting along and doing little, kissing up to move ahead or are within a couple of years to get retirement and don't want anything or anybody to rock their boat. Local management caters to the higher-ups, the higher-ups to the governor's whims and fetishes of the moment. Leaves little or no time for bona fide morale or for figuring out how better to deal with what should be the primary focus, handling and ably managing the inmates.

    Advice to Management

    Find somewhere to get a spine transplant so you can do the right thing - by your staff, by the taxpayers and yes, by the inmates too.



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