California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Good Career If You Can Handle The Stresses Of Prison

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Correctional Lieutenant in Sacramento, CA
Current Employee - Correctional Lieutenant in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

The 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.

Cons

Work 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 ManagementAdvice

Training 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.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Soledad, CA
    Current Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Soledad, CA

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

    Pros

    You will have a high level of job security and work with a diverse workforce. You will experience some moments of high stress and excitement. You will be challenged to use your communication skills to be an effective employee.

    Cons

    Some work days can be very slow and boring, there will be times when you will be required to stay and work an 8 hour shift on overtime. You will likely be required to work odd hours and holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget where you came from.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good job. Horrible management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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.

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