Texas Department of Criminal Justice
2.9 of 5 52 reviews
www.tdcj.state.tx.us Austin, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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    Horrible, negative environment from coworkers more so than inmates

    Correctional Officer II (Former Employee)
    Huntsville, TX

    ProsPay is ok, but the mandatory overtime kinda equals out to make the pay not so great.

    ConsWorking in a prison is enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think anything will help, its just the condition of the business of corrections

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Agency treats people horribly.

    District Parole Officer (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsDEcent benefits. 10 years and you're vested for retirement.

    ConsMiddle and upper management are all promoted from parole Officers. Even regional directors are unable to conjugate a complete sentence. Many people working there are simply not that intelligent. Very racist as well. If you are white, you will be expected to do more than your black counterparts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire management from outside the agency with the training to run a large organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    20+ Years

    ??? (Current Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsGreat benefits, exciting place to work, always something going on, different world inside the walls, steady employment, overtime available if you want it

    ConsMany, many different personalities; mental issues; not your "normal" individuals that you are dealing with; some of staff are as bad as the offenders; clicks

    Advice to Senior ManagementRun it like a penitentiary, back your employees, allow us to treat them like the cons they are-we should not have to walk on egg shells and baby sit. Why is it all about them and not us?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The wages are low and the stress level is high.

    Programmer (Current Employee)
    Huntsville, TX

    ProsThere isn't anything good I can say about working here. They don't pay well at all. Avoid TDCJ.

    ConsThere isn't anything good I can say about working here. They don't pay well at all. Avoid TDCJ at all costs.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    TDCJ was a great Texas Department to work for.

    Clerk II (Former Employee)
    Huntsville, TX

    ProsOne major pro for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice would have to be the encouragement of teamwork. Another pro would be the training that was available throughout my employment.

    ConsThe major con while being employed at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice would have to be the low pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIts a job that can pay some bills

    Consits a job that can be tough

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    Not worth the pay

    Lieutenant of Correctional Officers (Current Employee)
    Rosharon, TX

    ProsHousing for a Lieutenant at an exceptionally low rate & benefits are pretty good

    ConsStress, Lack of good, effective communication and the bottom line is you have to know someone to get somewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoll your staff more, give a higher increase in pay rates for years of service, have a third party hiring process to allow for those more qualified for a position receive the job rather than those who know the interviewer on a personal level. Implement guidelines for open communication between all levels of management on the facility.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Definitely an experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscommissary and the fact that you get more days off than most jobs.

    ConsLong days, not necessarily hard work, but you are in a negative environment all the time. Many times you have to worry about your coworkers giving you problems rather than the inmates

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour rank for the most part isn't qualified, they got the position based on who they know.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, ok pay, bad politics.

    Correctional Officer (Former Employee)
    Huntsville, TX

    ProsFree medical benefits (Unless you have dependents, in which it is highly discounted), Bachelor Officer Quarters for $25/month out of your paycheck allows for you to stay next door to the jail on your on days to limit commuting, 3 free meals a day in the officer's dining room, free haircuts & boot shines, free uniform dry cleaning and highly discounted dry cleaning for your personal clothes, 12 hour units allow for you to work half the year

    ConsVery dangerous work dealing with rapists and killers on a daily basis, constant hand combat scenarios, all Texas prisons are built away from cities so typically most people commute 30 minutes to an hour for work, you only get paid once a month, Texas is 48/50 states in lowest paid for correctional officers

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate the "Good ol' Boy" system. Promote people based on skills, talents, training, and work ethic and NOT based upon who is your next door neighbor, who you went to high school with, and who you go hunting and fishing on weekends with. Install more cameras to protect officers from lawsuits, but don't use them just as firing tools for your personal agendas. Realize the high level of corruption you see on a state level that you do not see at a county jail or municipal jail level is because of the poor pay and poor hiring standards. Don't just hire anyone, do better background checks. Stop letting all jobs go to people with work VISAs from Nigeria. Use more Americans for your work force.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of leadership in key positions

    Clerical Worker (Current Employee)
    Amarillo, TX

    ProsBenefits, sick leave, vacation and insurance.

    ConsPay for clerks is below average for other jobs in same category.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to follow-up with employees and listen to their concerns. Chain of command is a joke. Micro-management in regional areas creates hostile working environments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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