Colorado Department of Corrections

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Colorado Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1.  

    Poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can meet some good people

    Cons

    Managers are very self-centered, promotion oriented with very few leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop believing your own PR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very low pay and one raise in 6 years.

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    Current Employee - Community Parole Officer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Community Parole Officer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Work life balance, but even that is going away with the new administration in place.

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Dangerous work for the very low pay
    -Middle management that has no clue how to manage
    -Management allows in office harassment, lying, and other higher paid officers don't do their jobs
    -There is a discrepancy in pay from the highest paid offer and lowest paid of over $20,000/year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost 40 officers in 9 months. You better work on some kind of retention policy or you will lose really great officers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    DOC clinical services, not worth it

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    Former Employee - Social Worker  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Jobs are available, rural employment, might be good work for officers, post-military friendly, paid month-long training, potentially steady work

    Cons

    Very little promotion or pay advancement. Ugly culture, administration weighed heavy with unskilled leadership, new staff frequently paid more than current staff, very little work-life balance compared to other state departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, make efforts to keep your good staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CO1  in  Limon, CO
    Current Employee - CO1 in Limon, CO

    Pros

    Teamwork. Plenty of additional hours available to work. Advancement opportunities are good. Pay for entry level employees is great. Seasoned staff are a plus.

    Cons

    Hours. Dealing with dangerous, violent criminals is stressful. Cold, dark, loud, working environment. High turnover rate of staff. Compromised staff pose high risk for danger/violence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Negative environment

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    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Trainer in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Security and Benefits are about the only ones

    Cons

    Lack of training and incentive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with others besides other management

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Fraught with too many pay cuts and unpaid furlough days.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Easy to sign up for classes to learn new things.

    Cons

    Everyone is related to everyone else and if you're not, don't expect to get anywhere in the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's better to try to be more open minded and look beyond family and sycophantic followers to see who really has a desire to learn more and do well.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Under staffed, and no pay raise in 5+ vears

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer  in  Canon City, CO
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Canon City, CO

    Pros

    I have a total of 14 years in and have had good raises in the first several years of employmen. So, for me the pay is decent.

    Cons

    Staff that have been with Colorado DOC for 6 years or less have had NO payraise. All state prisons are very under staffed. If a person calls off on one shift another has to stay over, and it is something that is ongoing. The state wants you to make sure you keep it number one on your priority list, not your family!

    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Recession proof. Opportunities for change and growth.

    Cons

    Be careful. Politics within the organization is very much a factor with being looked upon by superiors if you will receive favorable status or not. Your job will be secure, as long as you don't do anything stupid; however, you need to be aware that it is very much a place where your career can be made or broken by saying or not saying the right or wrong thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People make mistakes. This is a job that is stressful and unforgiving. As no actual laws are broken, advise and not criticize. Some of you made errors early in your career. Don’t go over-board. Talk with the officer and advise the correct coarse of action and why.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    no life!!

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    Former Employee - Correction Officer  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Correction Officer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Good training and job security. Some what good leadership and they do give you uniforms. avg of 2.5 weeks of vacation time.

    Cons

    You have no control what shift you will work and no control over the days off. NO holidays off eer inless it just happens to fall on your day off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to take a test and compet with 150 other officers and only 4 or 5 advance and then if you do advance you will be back on the bottom of the list for new days off.

    Doesn't Recommend

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