South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina

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Updated December 23, 2014
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  1. Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina

    Pros

    Only work 14 days a month. Work only twice a month

    Cons

    Must have the right mind frame

  2. Take the most incompetent management that you can imagine - then add reverse racism and cliques.

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Benefits are second to none with any state job.
    -Police officer's retirement system.
    -Tons of advancement opportunity if you're the right ethnicity.
    -Policies don't apply to you if you're in circle, which often relates to the above - and by the way, I'm not white and I saw these issues.

    Cons

    Police retirement systemis fantastic - but you will never make enough money to make it pay off, so what's the point? Half pay of a meager salary is just that.

    Advice to Management

    "Safety first" at the academy, then "are you being a problem?" when you insist on safety in the prisons.

    It's pretty bad that I spent seven years there and after the old crew, which was multiracial, retired suddenly it is nothing but African Americans running everything and they have an iron fisted grip on power. I've even been told by a supervisor that "it's our turn now". Everyone knew that the ONLY way to get promoted if you weren't black was to go to a different prison and work your way up there. That's moronic. Also, this is totally unrelated to race, but how about reading comprehension and report writing and problem solving tests? JHC, some of the white shirts were barely literate (including a white and Latino one for those who think I'm making a statement).

    Further, these guys DO NOT care about your life. They will issue the most broke, poorly maintained equipment to work in an already dangerous job. One time I was at the hospital with an inmate and I was issued a Barney Fife holster from the 60's that was literally in tatters. Not to mention that it was made for a different gun and you could completely pull the trigger while it was strapped into the holster. So when the holster just broke on me from nothing other than the weight of the weapon - I was left with the gun in my pocket for the rest of the night. That's unsafe, but more safe than a holster so loose that it fell out into the floor when you sat down so I didn't mind. I was told not to come back to work without having bought a new one. I did buy a new one - for my own use since I didn't want an inmate or citizen taking my gun from me - which happened a few month later from another officer with the same type of holster at the same hospital. The person them shot themselves in the elevator. I quit the next week to return to college so that I would never have to work in a job like that again.

    Zero accountability for supervisors, who should have the most accountability. Armorers that don't maintain guns, communications supervisors that don't maintain radios - but they check your hands to make sure your nails are clean during inspection. You had better not ever change your own oil.

  3. SC- Department of Corrections

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    Former Intern - N/A in North Augusta, SC
    Former Intern - N/A in North Augusta, SC

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Locked down situations
    Working with Offenders Daily
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A

    Advice to Management

    Open communications

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  5. Helpful (1)

    The lack of leadership and poor implementation of policy makes this place unsafe.

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of job openings available.

    Cons

    The supervisors fraternize with the inmates and policies are overlooked when convenient.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and select more capable supervisors

  6. Helpful (2)

    This is the most prejudice place I gave ever worded.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina

    Pros

    You only work 15 days a month.

    Cons

    Unless you are an African - American you will be at the bottom of the totem pole. Some of the most uneducated people in the world placed in positions of authority.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up on your pre employment screenings. Increase the pay for those that are qualified. Quit hiring just bodies hire quality people.

  7. Helpful (1)

    As a Last Resort

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No pros for this agency

    Cons

    Terrible Management, working conditions are terrible, personal safety is an after thought

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the upper management and put someone in charge that knows what they are doing.

  8. Helpful (1)

    dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Food Service Supervisor in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Food Service Supervisor in Columbia, SC

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stable job , with some benefit .

    Cons

    Favoritism , they are not fair !

  9. Rn

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Nurse in Columbia, SC

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Security and retirement plan and benefits

    Cons

    N/a, experience for your own self

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  10. Workign for SCDC

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Rock Hill, SC

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    you got sick time, thats when you didnt get yelled at by the captain or harrassed by any other higher rank of security. the insurance mediocure.

    Cons

    you felt like you worked for a country club, the inmate got litterally what ever they wanted. i got called in for numerous grievences that shouldnt have been confronted to. if the inmate didnt get his food for the day or got punched in the face or an officer had sex with he or she, yes that would be cause for a grievance. if you had a family life and wanted to be home with them than this is not the job to be in. i was constantly working late doing what should have been the other shifts job. oh and it gets better, you were dragged in on your time off into security meetings, the captain talked about nonsense items one meeting he forced officers to give up keys to the duty office, singled me out didnt use my name he might has well have i gave a sugestion he insulted me. very unprofessional conduct. all they care about is the inmate, too much favortism

    Advice to Management

    treat officers like they are human beings. those who were in the military you are not in the miltary with SCDC at least with officers, stop treating officers like they are second class citizens. saying if you dont like it here find another job is not the answer you need to find out why the officer dosent like his or her job and do what you can to enhance it. back the officer up, dont make the officer dred comming to work.

  11. Helpful (1)

    It pays the bills but can be the most boring job I ever hade

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer III in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer III in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It pays decent compared other off the street jobs

    Cons

    Too many supervisors for a job that requires none ...It is true that heads swell when given the chance to boss people around

    Advice to Management

    Never change from the time you arrive at the institution and when you get promoted and don't get promoted just to be the boss

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