California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
3.1 of 5 47 reviews
www.cdcr.ca.gov Sacramento, CA 5000+ Employees

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Good Career If You Can Handle The Stresses Of Prison

Correctional Lieutenant (Current Employee)
Sacramento, CA

ProsThe pay is great and the overtime is plentiful. The benefits are way better than anything you will find in the private sector. You can retire at 50 and collect 90% of your salary for the rest of your life. There are plenty of opportunities to promote or transfer into specialized assignments. The experience you gain is invaluable, but don't let it jade you, because it can. This career is not for everyone, but it can be very rewarding in many ways if you keep a positive attitude.

ConsWork days can be very long and you are subject to being held over for another 8 hours if there is a vacancy that needs to be filled. You will miss out on weekends and holidays for a few years until your seniority gets better. The job comes with a lot of stress because you work around some of the meanest people society has to offer. Prison can be an extremely violent environment. The Department is always changing and many employees let it affect their morale. If you can deal with change, and can manage stress well, then this could be a great career for you. Your family has to be able to deal with you missing out on occasions, so be prepared and know what you are getting yourself into. The work is thankless, and society tends to think you are way overpaid for what you do, but few are actually willing to do the job.

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining and development of Officers needs to be better. There needs to be a better system for supervisors and managers to train, mentor, and communicate with line staff. Morale needs to be a priority and the achievements of staff need to be recognized more often.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Correctional Sergeant (Current Employee)
    Soledad, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: You will have a high level of job security and work with a diverse workforce. You will experience some… Cons: Some work days can be very slow and boring, there will be times when you will be required to… Advice to Senior Management: Don't forget where you came from. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good job. Horrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


    Pros: Friendly co-workers, learn alot, interaction with others. Cons: Micro-Management, Rude, snippy, overbearing and condescending. More
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