Corrections Corporation of America

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    the pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Correctional Officer in Alamo, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Correctional Officer in Alamo, GA

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pay is really good and promotion options you meet a lot of great people and they become your family.

    Cons

    the family to work balance is not good. I lost my wife in 2011 in a car accident and she was 14 weeks pregnant and we also had a two year old. My wife and I had been together for 10 years through me getting hurt in Iraq and all but my uppers did not support me a bit. I was required to come back in two weeks and they stuck me in the hardest most stressful part of the prison segregation. even though my coworkers and Lt and Cpt supported me 110% left a lot of great friends there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to listen to the folks that run these prisons and do the dirty work and watch these wardens and assistant wardens a lot better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America

    Pros

    Paid well, great benefits. Lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Long hours, not very flexible scheduling.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    integrity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the pay is pretty good....

    Cons

    reminds me of high school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horriable

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    Former Employee - Officer in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Officer in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of hrs. Decent benefits

    Cons

    You are treated horrible. Inmates are treated better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end entry level job

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    Working conditions are poor, policy's and rules are not clear and management changes the rules to fit there needs. No wage increases at anytime. Officers bring in contraband regularly . Staff is lazy and unwilling to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America

    Pros

    Corporate organization has a solid and profitable outlook on the future

    Cons

    Too Many to count. However, "life/work balance" is preached but not respected

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stress, verbal abuse, and hours until you drop.. Literally!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pays better than some state corrections. Good benefits, excellent 401k. Plenty of overtime!!

    Cons

    The turn over if so high because these people in management will literally such the life out of you. Three employees sent out to the hospital for heart related issues. People being forced to work 7 days in a row 12 hours a day. The management talk down to CO's and make then feel two inches tall and when it's brought to anyone higher.. They shrug their shoulders and walk away. The next day your takes from your post to work the worst part of the building because you opened your mouth. So when you realize that this is bull and leave all the time and effort you put in.. And certificates and awards don't mean anything when you get out into the real world again. Work here to save up your money and get your feet wet in corrections, then move on. Anything longer if not worth your time or your health.

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

    it was good for a start.overtime available.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Sayre, OK
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Sayre, OK

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

    Pros

    Good pay,good benefits,days off,paid time off

    Cons

    Remote location of the facilty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not employee friendly

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    Former Employee - Recreation Coordinator in Eloy, AZ
    Former Employee - Recreation Coordinator in Eloy, AZ

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

    Pros

    Pay in Arizona is good.

    Cons

    Unless you are executive staff they don't take care of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the garbage that prevent being an enjoyable place to work,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate Focus is Fine, Facilities Need HELP

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    Current Employee - ITS A Secret in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ITS A Secret in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you are interested in working in the Criminal Justice field and want to move up relatively quickly, then CCA can be a decent choice since it has 60+ facilities scattered across the U.S.--bearing in mind that most of them are in the South or Southwest. The corporate office (Facility Service Center/FSC) is actually the best part of CCA in my opinion even though I work at a facility. Corporate has excellent leadership who really do have the best interests of the company in mind, and the leaders are actually competent in what the do-something that is unfortunately relatively rare in many organizations of any size. Corporate has a lot of talented people and does come up with some great ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    Many of the facilities suffer from VERY high turnover, in the neighborhood of 50% or more. This turnover and understaffing means a LOT of overtime for correctional staff whether they like it or not. In the facilities which are not unionized and have the lower-paying state contracts, the overtime may not necessarily be a bad thing for those who are trying to support a family.

     A lot of the facilities are also located in tiny towns in the middle of nowhere so there is a very clannish atmosphere with the whole 'friends 'n families" system that comes into play with hiring and promotions at the facility level. The position I have allows me to interact relatively frequently with other facilities and I hear the same complaint from other facilities about cliques and nepotism. I guess it is probably difficult to draw a larger applicant pool of non-related individuals when the nearest city is 50+ miles away though. At my facility, the issue is with supervisors being related to non-supervisory staff...

    The nature of the job for Corrections Officers can be stressful to some extent because they are working with inmates who can be disorderly, verbally abusive, or (infrequently) physically combative towards to officers. It isn't uncommon to hear the CO's state that the stressful parts of their jobs are the supervisors and not the inmates. Quite a few of the Senior Correctional Officers are rude over the radio, lack professionalism in general, and do not properly train the officers in their area. Shift supervisors also can act this way towards officers. Personally, I don't understand it because any other place that I have worked this unprofessionalism would not be tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retention initiatives should be considered since all of this turnover in security staff is not conducive to the goal of providing a secure environment and impacts morale negatively. It's also costly from a recruiting and training standpoint. First-line supervisors and shift supervisors need serious development, and pay for officers need to be looked at.

    You have a great corporate team, but your facilities need a lot of help. Spend some time at the facilities and do some troubleshooting and also look at them to make sure they are acting in the best interests of the company. If facilities would implement some of the corporate initiatives more fully, they would be better places to work--send some FSC people to help this happen and make sure they actively involve the facility leadership team to sell them on the idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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