Corrections Corporation of America Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Corrections Corporation of America President, CEO, and Director Damon T. Hininger
Damon T. Hininger
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Pros
  • Good pay,good benefits,days off,paid time off (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick time, guaranteed forty plus hours a week (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Unprofessional upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Correctional officers are stuck working some weeks 5 out of the 7 days (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Correctional officer

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Leavenworth, KS
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Leavenworth, KS

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work if you do t have a lot of bills to pay raises aren't often

    Cons

    Pay rate doesn't compare to other places of work uniforms are ugly

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  2. Detention Officer

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    Former Employee - Director in Canton, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Canton, GA

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay depending on the contract and the facility you are located at.

    Cons

    Good ol' boy network
    Voluntold your staying late, when others are not required to at all.
    Prior experience does not warrant advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Give individuals with skills acquired in other positions (prior jobs) a chance to use them, instead of making everyone learn the CCA way.
     Visit with staff on the night shift, and not just when you have to " check the box."


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    detention officer

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    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Lumpkin, GA
    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Lumpkin, GA

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's a very discipline, well rounded position to being a team player. Helps u see life on a different perspective an modes u to a better officer.

    Cons

    It's a dangerous job to do if u don't have ppl skills. Being a team player is key to success in a correction setting.

    Advice to Management

    Do your own job an communicate as much as possible to have a safe trip out the gates. An maintain professional actions an leadership at all times.


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  5. Think before you say yes to the job

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Lake City, FL
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Lake City, FL

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job, overtime is good if they would allow you to choose your days to work.

    Cons

    The benefits suck,poor training, abd you are forced to work overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating the inmates better then the officers. They need to be accountable for their actions.


  6. officer

    Current Employee - Officer in Lecanto, FL
    Current Employee - Officer in Lecanto, FL

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    its a job. nothing more I am going to say

    Cons

    too much "inner circle". nothing more I m going to say


  7. CCA in Az

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Eloy, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Eloy, AZ

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area, supervisors are knowledgeable and willing to answer questions freely. The work environment is safe for a prison, with experienced and knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, breaks are not given, training doesn't fully prepare you for the prison environment, so it's sink or swim.

    Advice to Management

    Response team training is great, and should be directly after the orientation week with weapon certs (OC, SIMS, Pepperball) added that week. The company should adopt an FTO program to better prepare cadets for their on the job training.


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    Assistant Shift Leader

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    Former Employee - Assistant Shift Supervisor in Elgin, OK
    Former Employee - Assistant Shift Supervisor in Elgin, OK

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company with an emphasis on taking care of the employees.

    Cons

    The mandatory overtime was overwhelming and required more of my time than I was willing to give.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Once in a lifetime experience.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Goodland, KS
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Goodland, KS

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There is literally no shortage of overtime, but thankfully a few years ago this facility went to twelve hour shifts. Due to an ever present shortage of officers: it is not uncommon to work a seventy-two hour work week—more overtime means more money.

    Cons

    Most would consider a seventy-two hour work week the pinnacle of “dedication”, but not CCA. If employed by this company, you will struggle on a daily basis to understand why you have devoted your life (because that is essentially what you’ve done until you quit) to a company that rewards ineptitude. There is no work/life balance. Those who “play the game” well are rewarded with an office and (more importantly) less hours for substantially more pay, while the rest of the employees just try to make it to the end of their shift.

    Promotion from Correctional Officer is done by a board system: where you will be asked questions such as “how do you spell sergeant?” (Unfortunately, not kidding there.) However once you are popular enough to make SCO (senior correctional officer), your job does become a little better.

    This is a terrible place to work. You can expect poor leadership and almost non-existent moral. There is not culture teamwork to speak of, and your hard work and diligence will be rewarded with a sadly laughable prospect of “career advancement”. This job is a pit-stop for most, a career for the most unfortunate who couldn’t hope to do any better—and that delightful mix would make up the bulk of your co-workers.

    The inmates really are the least of your problem at KCCC.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership classes in any of the positive leadership styles, requiring a demonstration of leadership to advance to a leadership position, and perhaps a reminder to Assistant Shift Supervisors and above that the employees below them are co-workers and not inmates. I would strongly advise not hiring back correctional staff that quit and come back time-and-time-again, and if you must due to manpower issues; under no circumstance give them back their rank. Reward those who are loyal and you will be rewarded with loyal people.


  10. Classification

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America

    Pros

    Good place to start out

    Cons

    Not much room to grow


  11. Helpful (1)

    Corrections Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No doubt the camaraderie is there. The pay is high with occasional overtime.

    Cons

    It is a prison environment, which may not be for every one.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to incorporate more team building activities within each shift.



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