Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Great Marketing Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Employees, Interesting Work, Paid Internship

    Cons

    Little advancement possible in the marketing field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Comissioned Officer

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    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, with health plan, and retirement great.

    Cons

    The manipulation by peers and truly not an organization that allows equal opportunity for minorities or women on the executive level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your chain of command find the weak leaks and take action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Not a good place to be if you want a home/personal life!

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    Former Employee - Counselor, Manager, and Administrator in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Counselor, Manager, and Administrator in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. The work is never dull. The "gallows humor" of long-term employees is wonderfully therapeutic in dealing with the constant stress of the job.

    Cons

    No respect by those at the top for employees as people. Pensions/benefits are being eroded by political squabbles in Harrisburg. Promotion determined by geographical origin and fraternal affiliation, not by merit. Those who are themselves involved in negativity are the first to snitch out fellow employees for minor or imaginary infractions, then they're rewarded with promotions into management and (in some cases) high administration. Too many institutional managers maintain their own job security by using both staff and inmate snitches to gather dirt on their rivals. Innovation is treated as insubordination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to model for employees the kind of respect you justifiably want them to show to the client population. Stop discriminating against employees who don't share your own background. Realize that you will get exactly what you expect:; a lot of staff members know you view them with total suspicion and give up on making any kind of positive accomplishment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Difficult, soul crushing and exhausting.

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    Former Employee - Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job Security. Stable schedule. Retirement program.

    Cons

    Overwhelming, exhausting. Often feeling unappreciated and working with unprofessional colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your good staff and reign in the bums!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A good career if you are looking into the correctional industry

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer II in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

    Pros

    Te pay is great, the benefits are good and the time off is amazing

    Cons

    Mandated shifts, some poor supervisors, bad politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, treat them well and they make you shine

    Recommends
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    SCI Graterford is run by miserable old cranks who hate people and life

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    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Collegeville, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

    Pros

    Good benefits, union makes sure COs get a raise every year. Good training at the Academy in Elizabethtown.

    Cons

    It was around seven months from the time I took the Correctional Officer Trainee exam to when I was offered the job. I went through 3 interviews, a physical test, a drug test, a medical exam, and a 20-year(!) background check. When I was offered the job I mentioned I would be getting married in three months. After seven weeks of buckpassing by supervisors my request for time off for the wedding and honeymoon was denied. I was left with the option of telling my fiance our wedding was off so I could spend more time in jail or being fired. The next day I walked into the front office with my badge and uniform and resigned. On the way out the gate sergeant unsolicitedly opined to me "YOU'RE WALKING OUT ON A GOOD JOB YOUNG MAN!" .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the policy of trying to find reasons to fire employees during their first year. Working in a max security prison is tough enough. If someone doesn't like working there they'll weed themselves out and quit. And one a personal note, when a new hire says he wants to take time off to get married, tell him that's not acceptable up front and save the taxpayers of Pennsylvania some money.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good pay everything else stinks

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    Current Employee - Correctioal Officer
    Current Employee - Correctioal Officer

    I have been working at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

    Pros

    Money they pay is better then anywhere for my educational level

    Cons

    The stress level is really bad both from management and inmates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None they don't leason to us

    Doesn't Recommend

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