Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
97 Reviews
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Pros
  • The benefits are great when management lets you use them and the work never stops so there is job security (in 10 reviews)

  • Benefits, Job security, Experience (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The major con while being employed at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice would have to be the low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • Backstabbing upper management, different policy enforcement at each unit (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting for being incarcerated.

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    Former Employee - Inmate Maintenance Mechanic in Beeville, TX
    Former Employee - Inmate Maintenance Mechanic in Beeville, TX

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gave me something to do to keep me out of trouble tought me how to work on sewing machines and to use industrial sewing machines.

    Cons

    On advancement , no salary , no consistency, poor leadership, poor interaction between supervisors, supervisors always arguing, and the building in very poor condition to the point of possible injury to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none to give.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Awesome job great team

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Gatesville, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Gatesville, TX

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, fair staff, good training

    Cons

    Long hours, thin as paper uniforms, no a/c in summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    TDCJ is okay...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    TDCJ has great benefits. They offer nice health and dental plan, paid sick time, 401K and the ability to work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    The con is working with and around inmates. I honestly believe that TDCJ need to pay Correctional Officer more money. This is a high stress level job.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer IV in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer IV in Beaumont, TX

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome schedule 4 on 4 off or some units 6 on 3 off paid leave overtime at select units and sign on bonus

    Cons

    Supervisors play favoritism paid once a month underpaid for the job you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful on who you hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Correctional Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    4 days on 4 days off

    Cons

    no ac
    Supervisors treat you like your an inmate
    no room for advancement unless you are a good ol boy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up before you worked for the prison you were a person

  7.  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    Its not hard and you make more than most people who don't have a college education.

    Cons

    Offenders are awful people. So they do awful things all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    decent pay , accrue tons of time you can use , most units are 4 days on 4 days off 12 hour days you only work a maximum of 6 months a year unless you want overtime

    Cons

    High stress if you can't deal with it, dangerous inherently, tough on the feet, a lot of the units have lost the comradery among the officers

  9.  

    Love the experience I'm having with this company, love the team I work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop as a correctional Officer

    Cons

    Working around offenders and being in charge of them around the clock

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hard good work y'all put into this unit.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    its a job

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    Current Employee - Clerk II in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk II in Huntsville, TX

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great insurance benifits, you get off weekends and holidays

    Cons

    too many supertvisors show favortisim toward some of the people under them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they don't care about the small people under them all they care about is if they look good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vast improvement needed

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Wichita Falls, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Wichita Falls, TX

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Getting 4 days off, meeting new people, which can also be a con

    Cons

    Tense work environment on both sides from inmates and CO's, more mental than physical, definitely not for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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