California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary 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. 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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay. Great promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat political at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal treatment of all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Pros

    steady work, benefits good time off

    Cons

    Few motivated individuals to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage personel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Moore combat training and better time of rotate schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get some actual management training and use it effectively!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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)

    Pros

    dependable, reliable, prompt, and defecated

    Cons

    dangerous environment, life threatening, bad attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to line staff suggestions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Totally a political,unaccountable job with no performance expectations.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits Great retirement

    Cons

    total waste of tax payer money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. A rewarding career.

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is excellent, the opportunity for upward mobility is great and you can't find better benefits or retirement package with any other organization.

    Cons

    You have to always be cognizant of safety and security at all time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a concerted effort to always recognize and show appreciation for line staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. My experience with CDCR has challenging, good retirement and salary, a lot of politics.

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

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

    Pros

    Retirement Package, Health Benefits, Flexible Hours, Salary.

    Cons

    Micro-Management, Leadership lack of communication, Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us do our jobs, and if we have a question give us a straight answer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    I have been working for CDCR as a Registered Nurse for 7 months and I love it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Low work load compared to an acute care hospital
    Great Pay
    Great Benefits
    Autonomy
    Great Pension
    No issues w/ families interfering w/ patient care
    Inmates very respectful & grateful for your help

    Cons

    Gossip
    Paper charting
    Outdated medical records system (they are get a computerized Electronic medical records system in Jan 2015.
    Difficult to promote unless you're friends w/ the right people.
    A few Incompetent SRN's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you a supervising a specific area you should know how to do the job.

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