Harris County Sheriff's Office

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Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job, good people to work with, good benefits

    Cons

    Politics that is part of being a part of government jobs.

  2. Detention Officer

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Experience, Some good coworkers,

    Cons

    Inmates, Co-workers, Mandatory Overtime, They make you pay for your parking everyday just to be at work. The only free parking is like 2 miles away and you have to get to work earlier for it. Makes no sense.

    Advice to Management

    I really liked this job in the beginning but I soon found out what it truly was. No one cares about you, not just your supervisors, your co-workers as well. You can be alone in a cell block with over 50 inmates and your partner pays no attention to you. People are calling in all the time and the turn over rate is like 60 percent or more. Everyone I work with complains about the job because they are burned out. After you have a tough day, you just want to go home, but guess what. You have mandatory overtime. I still value all the experience I am getting from working at this place. As much as I complain, I respect law enforcement even more. I learned how to be hard working and not to slack off.

  3. Web Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office

    Pros

    Good place for beginner to learn in .net technology.

    Cons

    Growth is limited, not offering to use new technology .

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  5. Providing Care, custody, and control to inmates housed in the jail.

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer VI in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer VI in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical benefit and retirement plan

    Cons

    low moral, no work life balance

  6. Great People to work with but political.

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    Former Employee - Deputy
    Former Employee - Deputy

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with plus training is good.

    Cons

    It's who you know to get somewhere. Plus it's fire then prove your innocence.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee like the people that get arrested.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Some stay, Some go

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    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The experience of a 911 operator can be very rewarding. You help save lives on a daily bases. It's a laid back environment as long as you are following policy. You must be flexible to policy. You have 3 shifts to choose from (based on seniority and shift change requests). You have to do the worst to get fired.
    You get raises, education pay and bilingual pay but don't expect it right out the door.
    You get a uniform.
    Great training

    Cons

    Have to pay for daily parking (morning shift can either be expensive or a long walk).

    Incentive pay is approved my Commissioners Court so you have one time a year to make it in. 2013 it was frozen so no incentive pay/raises. Got my education pay 2014 but still not my year raise. After working 1 year and few months was told I would not recieve my year raise because the packet for Commissioners Court was submitted 2 weeks prior to my start date. Oh well, wait til next year when you have 2 years of service to be paid 1 year raise.

    Education pay will be lower than illustrated because there's apparently more pay periods so don't add in your full pay when determining your monthly income. Of course incentive is taxed to.

    You need to get 240 hours of overtime to get paid overtime. That 240 itself will only be in comp time bank so you can take time off instead. Extra hard to get time off or the days you want.

    Getting 240 is a lot of 12 hour shifts possibly twice a week. You would know 10 or 15 minutes before the end of your shift that you have to stay another 4 hours. Mandatory. Have your baby sitters ready.

    Employees call in daily so expect to stay overtime. (Due to "burnout" from overtime and unable to take days off). Did I say "Have your baby sitters ready"?

    Currently trying to reduce employees with 240 to 180 to keep from paying overtime so you may get an unexpected "take 2 days off Monday and Tuesday to burn your time down".

    Majority women work here so expect "caty" females with attitudes for no reason (even if you are new).

    A second job must be approved. There's an unapproved list.

    Pay is low compared to San Antonio, Dallas and other major cities although Harris County is the 3rd largest county in the United States. (2nd shift has the most calls. Night shift is a piece of cake if you can stay up.

    Other positions in HCSO are ultimately paid higher. Difficult to transfer due to minimal staffIng for communications officers.

    Moody management. Good days and bad days.

    Takes 3+ months to actually get the job.

    Lowered the time of the cleaning lady so you are reminded to empty trash cans yourself.

    Constantly changing policy. Be flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop randomly creating rules and be uniform in your attitude you display to staff.

  8. Very political

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NONE...nothing to positive to say

    Cons

    OMG....where shall I begin. NO proper training, political, clique-ish, unprofessional. Management sucks.

  9. Happy LVN

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn. Appreciative of new nurses

    Cons

    Correctional environment is a challenge.

  10. Keep looking...

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer V in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer V in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job, overtime, interesting, easy, and repetitive

    Cons

    Low morale,, unsafe conditions, overworked, under paid

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Officers

  11. USED To Be A Great Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Detention Officer/Deputy in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Detention Officer/Deputy in Houston, TX

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (more than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are good people. Benefits used to be great, are still pretty good. Work environment is a challenge, but can be fun when everyone works together.

    Cons

    Management has gone nuts, totally about politics, NOT the job or even the agency. Employee moral very low, can't do their jobs because of crazy policies.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Texas, move to California or Massachusetts

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