California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
65 Reviews
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65 Reviews
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate
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22 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

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    • 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

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    A rewarding career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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.

  10.  

    CA Dept of Corrections & Rehab

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    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

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

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers I have had here are life long friends. The people are really great. Working in a program that was new meant that I had the opportunity to see the and be part of the development process. That was a great experience that taught me a lot of valuable lessons. Also, working around administrative staff is a great way to observe possible promotional opportunities weather it be within the department or outside.

    Cons

    Having a supportive management is crucial and this wasn't always the case. Additionally, there is a need for more space. Many office spaces are crowded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the most corrupt, dirty, incompetently staffed jobs I have ever worked in!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Soledad, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Soledad, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and pension were good. Money doesn't cut it for a life in hell after awhile. One of the only places in Monterey County that hire new grad nurses.

    Cons

    Horribly inept and corrupt management team on both custody and medical's side. The more honest and helpful you are, the worse you are treated. Promotions into supervisory roles are always given to the "yes" man, the "good ole boys club, or if you are one to turn a blind eye to all the problems. Nobody cares or makes any effort to update old policies that contradict what they tell you to do (policies, when done wrong, only matter when something punitive is being done to you). No trust in the workplace, horrible staff morale, everyone just wants to "do their 8 and hit the gate". Half the staff are unhelpful, backstabbing, and will not train you. The other half just keep their mouths shut and don't want to "get involved". Too many federal and state guidelines to follow when you can barely get your basic job completed without accruing "overtime" of which is scorned at. Supervisory staff well known for reporting dozens of staff to the Board of Nursing for false accusations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management: KARMA!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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