Correctional Medical Services

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Correctional Medical Services Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    A fair place to work

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Secretary in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and there are some good opportunities for promotion from within the company. The work environment is comfortable and the staff are friendly. Many staff have been with the company long term.

    Cons

    The company went through restructuring which lead to some good people being laid off. This put a strain on the remaining staff who were left covering the jobs that were downsized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly atmosphere, growth

    Cons

    Not as much compensation on raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the workers more, not necessarily monetary, a nice thank you goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Correctional Nursing

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Bowling Green, MO
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Bowling Green, MO

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training & helpful co-workers. Extended training due to the nature of the job and the environment you work in. Decent pay for the area. Shift differential and weekend pay is nice. Correctional officers are nice and do a good job of ensuring your safety.

    Cons

    Working in a prison environment. Correctional nursing is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Correctional Medical

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Counselor in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Never a dull moment; lots of good people to work with; your input is heard

    Cons

    Top-heavy administration; lots of rules that change frequently; easy to get overwhelmed so you really have to take care of yourself -- definitely not a nurturing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain stability and clarity; communication is the key

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I was employed with Correctional Medical Services under a contractual basis at the Arlington Co. Adult Detention Ctr

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Professional in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Professional in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was treated with dignity and respected as a professional throughout my profession. My work with CMS to this day remains as my most pleasant professional experience.

    Cons

    Though I never encountered any negative experiences, there was significant turnover in administrative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My position encompassed working with correctional staff as well as Dept. of Human Services staff who were County employees. Such had created a somewhat "territorial" environment where CMS staff was oftentimes considered "outsiders." In order to work moreso as a cohesive team in an already stressful, unpredictable environment, I worked with CMS administration to include all staff, including correctional officers, as part of the "treatment team" which allowed all perspectives to be heard & validated with respect in the facilitation of making decisions regarding the mental health unit. In a very short time, barricades among staff dissipated and those involved in inmate mental health care felt their input as validated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run as fast as you can !

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    Current Employee - Correctional Facility Nurse in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Facility Nurse in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The inmates show you more respect than management. In fact, I'd trust the inmates more than the staff.

    Cons

    Staff infighting, backstabbing, gossiping,(if not outright lying). Staff is very territorial. Management has their "favorites" who can do no wrong and lay the blame on someone they are "gunning" for. Records are altered, forged, "misplaced", what ever they have to do to cover themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hire management that is more honest than the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nursing field provides variety.

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    Former Employee - Correctional Facility Nurse in North Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Correctional Facility Nurse in North Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You provide different levels of care within one setting. There are opportunities for providing routine, urgent, and emergent care. You will see a variety of health issues that will allow you to gain experience in different areas of health.

    Cons

    The environment that you work within is very stressful. Being a correctional nurse is not for everyone, so you should weigh you options and personality very carefully before starting a career in correctional nursing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize employee interactions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will need to be tough skinned, alert, aggressive, quick thinker, confident and careful, studious.

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Charleston, MO
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Charleston, MO

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services

    Pros

    Pay is good, shifts flexible, overtime pay is good, staff is effecient, training for new positions needs improvement, computer skills, insurance is good.

    Cons

    Inmates call personnell names, you see very personal and ilicit behaviours, staffing can be competitive, dangerous environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for new employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Beware the stealthy pink slip

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - IT Support in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Correctional Medical Services

    Pros

    There was a decent variety of work, as well as some occasional travel (usually voluntary). People are generally very nice, but can be a little "clicky" in an office of ~400. Business casual environment with a pretty laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Evil company that couldn't care less about its people (although they fake it well). Lay-offs each of the nearly 10 years I worked there. Not once did they rehire people laid off in the fall back in the spring when they would hire replacements. These usually take place in September. I made the mistake of thinking I survived to live another year, only to get axed two days before Christmas (a few hours before we closed for the holiday, actually). They fired the VP of my department, then used his office to ****can another two dozen of us. I had no clue until I walked in to fix a problem for the VP who was already gone. They often let go of some of the best people (who were often paid for their talent), then those upstairs would get a health bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab a clue and realize who is really making the company successful. So then some loyalty and quit being so greedy. I won't point fingers to specific people but they know who they are. Quit passing off cheap gifts as a "than you" and start rewarding people with a bonus check or a decent raise. No one wants a candy bar or a restricted movie ticket.

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

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Department in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Correctional Medical Services

    Pros

    The Technology is decent. If you are lucky, your direct report might be a great person. My manager let me do my job and didn't micromanage. There are some good people in the company. My manager was very flexible on working hours.

    Cons

    Worst company I have ever worked for. Internal personal opinions instead of performance based. Unintelligent upper management (director level.) If you cross one of the "good ole boys" you can plan on being let go for any random reason; or simply "other" The good employees in the company are generally treated poorly and looking for ways out. Turnover is heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's unbelievable that this company is profitable at all. Let the experts (worker bees) do their jobs and count on them for purchasing opinions, and don't let management make hire/fire decisions based on personal opinions. I have nothing good to say about CMS and recommend only taking this if it is temporary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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