Corrections Corporation of America

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Corrections Corporation of America Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
73 Reviews

2.6
73 Reviews
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Corrections Corporation of America President, CEO, and Director Damon T. Hininger
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50 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Prison stays understaffed(to line the business's pockets) so that means mandatory overtime; make you come on your day off, or write you up (in 4 reviews)

  • Unprofessional upper management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Company Trying Hard to Improve

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Whiteville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiteville, TN

    Pros

    Many corporate initiatives for employee recognition, talent management, operations excellence, and ongoing research into new and emerging markets. The company provides a great deal of training to both new hires as well as current employees, and it is relatively easy to transfer/promote from within. The majority of the senior leadership team are committed individuals and seem to have a sincere desire to make the company a good place to work. CEO started as a Corrections Officer and is very approachable/hands on. Jimmy Turner is also excellent.

    Facilities are all over the country, and CCA always is looking for new contracts so if you are open to transfer and have a solid corrections background & are willing to work then you can promote pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Some of the first-line management at some locations forms cliques, contrary to the the goals of the company as a whole. This makes is hard for those individuals who are trying to do their job the correct way. Other major cons: No educational reimbursement, overly structured/bureaucratic environment, and very, very high deductibles for medical coverage or prescriptions. The company does offer a HRA plan which covers a certain amount of costs up front, but it runs out fast if you are on costly prescriptions there are no generics
    for.

    Another big issue I have observed at a couple facilities is with first line supervisors and even higher level individuals talking in a disrespectful manner to those who report to them. This would likely explain the high turnover rate found at many of the facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the concerns brought to your attention from the facility employees. I know that some people are going to complain about everything, but repeated complaints about the same people/person might warrant some attention. I'm not sure how to solve the issue but this is probably your biggest morale killer. Seriously consider adding an educational reimbursement benefit for at least partial costs or to cover certifications, and consider adding an additional benefits option for people who do not mind paying a bit extra per pay period instead of a large deductible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Utterly disorganized and corrupt practices

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Eloy, AZ
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Eloy, AZ

    Pros

    The salary was fabulous; no real sick or attendance policy - if you needed a break, you could take it with or without pay. Employees could use up to 40 hours of PTO hours in advance.

    Cons

    In exchange for the lucrative salary, the generous attendance and overtime policies, and decent health care benefits, you sign a contract with The Devil to leave your morals, principals, integrity, and professional behaviors at the front security gates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement policies and best practices that builds professional integrity and human sensitivities. This should be accomplished after the management teams first master these skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a moral builder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Youngstown, OH
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Youngstown, OH

    Pros

    Job Security. There will always be criminals.
    Company is aggressive about maintaining a client base and does everything possible to expand it. Good amount of time off.

    Cons

    Work schedule is not the best; six on two off for most weeks then an adjustment week. Very difficult to work a regular life outside work. Must put in for vacation days 1 year in advance. Not easy to get short plans accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people orientated. (They think they are but they are not.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Not What You Know . . .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Longevity and leading position in the industry. Hardworking people who begin with the best intentions but become jaded or just getting by after years of not getting rewarded.

    Cons

    Good ole boys network based on who you know, not what you know. Lots of talk about employee engagement and liking each other for who we all are, but not enough evidence to back up the chatter. Low pay in general. Diminishing benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    You are in prison too

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people I worked with who cared about the jobs they were trying to do.

    Cons

    lack of confidentiality and lots of gossiping from upper management, Lousy orientation and no training for job specific tasks, lack of proper communication to all who needed to know. Upper management was in your personal business too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To corporate - pay attention to what your facility employees are telling you. They don't contact you to waste your time - there are big problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Florence, AZ
    Current Employee - Management in Florence, AZ

    Pros

    Good compensation, room for career advancement

    Cons

    Career advancement becomes difficult after reaching a certain level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement true succession planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    UnCaring Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Uniforms, free prison food if you could stomach it, a place to get your boots shined for cheap, a place to get a cheap hair cut.

    Cons

    Cared very little about the people that worked for them, we were all replaceable, this is a business that just happens to house inmates. They care about the inmates and the employees about the same. Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, bad management, and inmate abuse -- oh my!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you are a power loving wise-guy this is the place for you.

    Cons

    CCA promotes the abuse of inmates. Using their power to cover up sexual abuse and etc. The company is known to withhold inmates food and privileges until lawsuits are dropped. They will stop at nothing to make money.

    Be prepared to work 20-25 hours of overtime a week to make it. The pay is that low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a joke place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Chattanooga, TN

    Pros

    None .If I had a friend I did not want speaking to me ever agin I will Highly recommend Silver dale.

    Cons

    See title me turning in a notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like you are smarter than everyone .Management is a bunch of ego maniacs. You could not beg me to go back to work there.
    Does management realize why so many former employees have lawsuits ageist the company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Where do I start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Can't think of any at this time

    Cons

    Political, If your not in the right groups don't expect to get promoted. Over worked! IF you love overtime then you'll fit in because there's tons of mandatory overtime!!! Everyone comes here and several people by the time they've been here 2 or so months leave so we are always short on staff so the Correctional Officers suffer! Correctional officers are stuck working some weeks 5 out of the 7 days. Not Captains, Lieutenants, Correctional Counselors, Pretty much anyone besides Correctional officer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider raising the pay, making people besides just Correctional Officers work overtime. There are tons of things that people besides correctional officers can do! Pill call, count, different facility security checks. That will free up Officers and put them back into units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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