Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
102 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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  1.  

    Awesome

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

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and a nice state job

    Cons

    The compensation could be more better than it is now compared to the risk involved

    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It is what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer III in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer III in Huntsville, TX

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with have your back usually. Most of the leadership knows what they are doing. 4 days off is great

    Cons

    Sometimes the people you work with do not have your back. Inmates sure do whine a lot. They have no air conditioner so it's hot as hell in the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the rules... That is all I got. I do not know what else to say. Thank you for listening. Good bye now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer IV in Cuero, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer IV in Cuero, TX

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

    Pros

    This job brings good insurance benefits and retirement. Get paid while training. Twelve hour days work four off four..

    Cons

    Challenges your temperament and character. Can be stressful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Depending upon your coworkers and management, the job can be OK or really bad.

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    Former Employee - Food Service Manager II in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Food Service Manager II in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    If you can accept the surroundings of your work and go forth in a positive manner and luck out with decent coworkers, you can have a decent job with good but not great benefits. Job outlook is good due to the industry.

    Cons

    Always dealing with offenders. Your coworkers can be great or horrible. They can make or break your opinion of the job due to the close dependency that you need to have with them because of the correctional/prison environment with offenders. Shift work. Lack of staffing. Due to lack of staffing levels, the experience of coworkers is not always optimal. Overall, the pay is low. Morale is low. In-fighting between departments and employees. Benefits, insurance, etc. have been getting less and less over the past few years. Departmental and Unit Administration can clash and interfere with just about everything. Overall leadership at all levels is lacking. Needed resources are not always available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for adequate staffing and scheduling. Shift work within a prison/correctional environment is difficult enough without having to battle the lack of staff and resources. Allow the department to run with oversight of unit administration, not micromanaging everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Not a good place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: medical/dental/vision insurance; good retirement package

    Cons

    Can't count on your co-workers to help, most are lazy & not dependable. Constant gossip and threatening atmosphere from co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who have good work ethics. Counsel/report employees who are lazy, refuse to work & bully other employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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

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