California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
54 Reviews
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate
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16 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great pay, easy to test and promote, benefits, retirement (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice Place to "Make a Difference"

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    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 for 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
  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 for 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.  

    Good job

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for more than a 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
  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 for 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.  

    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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Toxic environment

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    Current Employee - Parole Agent  in  Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Parole Agent in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The actual work/tasks are basic. The salary compared to skill and education requirements is excellent plus generous pension

    Cons

    Managers are basically working beyond their skill level. Political decisions are not good for the department or stakeholders. No direction and a very limited understanding of what needs to be done at the top. Constant changes and 180 degree turns in policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put better people in place at the top. Eliminate "homie hookups." Value the employees, be fair and consistent in policy and procedures. Do the right thing without being forced to throughlawsuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Worst management and reputation in all state agencies

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    Former Employee - Legal Typist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Typist in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You don't need to think, it doesn't require education and if you play the game you can move up.

    Cons

    Management from the top down is awful.
    There is too much work and not enough staff.
    The management is not skilled in managing.
    Nothing ever gets completed on time and it causes internal friction and a lot of blame and finger pointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't know how to manage, and can't be depended on to be fair and professional, don't get a job in management. It's not about a raise, you need to think of the office morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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