California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard
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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. Worked there for 3 years

    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Room for Growth, Challenging work

    Cons

    High Turnover, Unprofessional at times.


  2. CDCR Office Technician (Typing)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and promotion; virtually limitless.

    Cons

    If you work in a prison or other secure area your access to the web might be limited. If you are ok with that then there is no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be kind and respectful to the good employees.


  3. Office Technician (Typing)

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    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and promotion; virtually limitless.

    Cons

    If you work in a prison or other secure area your access to the web might be limited. If you are ok with that then there is no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be kind and respectful to the good employees.


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  5. Fear, frustration and politics

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    Current Employee - HQ Mid-level in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - HQ Mid-level in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of funding for training, Co-workers foster great teamwork, Excellent learning environment

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive and unless you are super motivated you can burn out quickly

    Advice to Management

    Overall management cares about their employees and gives them oportunities to excell


  7. Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  8. Good job

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Easy to move up.


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (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 Management

    Get some training.


  10. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (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 Management

    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.


  11. AGPA-Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working for the government is a great job with the best benefits.

    Cons

    You do not get paid the best as you would in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites.



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