Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
92 Reviews
3.2
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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 employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I in Livingston, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I in Livingston, TX

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

    Pros

    One of the best benefits from a US and State employer.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Pros

    Free meals, laundry, haircuts, oh and free medical.

    Cons

    You may die at any moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise, and I don't mean the little 5% that barely covers the hike in medical for families. I mean boost us up to the rest of the co'$ pay with? I dunno, maybe 40%? That number should ring a bell.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Discriminatory, Good Ole' Boy Cronyism is the Rule and not the exception.

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Huntsville, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Huntsville, TX

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

    Pros

    If you like being passed over for opportunities simply because you don't belong to the established good ole' boy network, then this is the place for you. If you like to work hard and not be rewarded for your contributions and effort, only to see those few opportunities passed on to the cronies, you'll love it at the TDCJ. Harassment and discrimination is allowed against any who do not fit the mold of the yes-man.

    Cons

    Taking pride in your work is never encouraged or rewarded. Politics and maintaining the status-quo, no matter how wasteful or useless the practice, is strongly encouraged if that is what the leadership has established as the precedent. To go against that system will make you a target, and you will be harassed or set up for failure, and eventually outed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the entire state program or privatise it so that normal economic pressures are laid to bear, only then will the TDCJ be forced to innovate, thereby forcing them to qualify for and earn the tax payers dollars which currently sustain it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The job is very demanding and fast paced.

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer V in Colorado City, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer V in Colorado City, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, and benefits. Decent hours when not doing O/T.

    Cons

    Sometime they expect 1 person to do the work of 2 or 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing promotions from good ole boys and set a test of knowledge for supervisors. Then board the top 4 or 5.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tedious

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    Current Employee - CO IV in Bonham, TX
    Current Employee - CO IV in Bonham, TX

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

    Pros

    the state benefits are great

    Cons

    dealing with inmates is at times horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    State jobs have good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Palestine, TX
    Former Employee - Secretary in Palestine, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, holidays off, the state has to have a good reason to fire you

    Cons

    Office politics, gossip, watching supervisors get away with messed up practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice professionalism, ethics, and treat everyone fairly regardless of personal feelings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    In today's economic climate, a job with benefits is the exception. TDCJ has great benefits which, in my opinion, offset the relatively low salary rate. Four days on Four days off--every four days I feel like I've taken a mini vacation. I LOVE having four days off. Uniforms--all are provided so you don't need to buy a work wardrobe. Dry Cleaning---FREE. Work Climate: Outstanding for my facility. I LOVE working at my facility. But then again, there is a 6 year waiting list for people to transfer to it. Other units do not have such a great reputation....

    Cons

    The work involves the dregs of Texas society. They are very unpleasant people. Nasty and evil. As long as officers do their jobs well and are firm, fair, and consistent everything will work out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A salary increase would help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    THE CHEAPEST AND WORST AGENCY TO WORK FOR

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    Current Employee - Lieutenant of Correctional Officers in Richmond, TX
    Current Employee - Lieutenant of Correctional Officers in Richmond, TX

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    absolutely none, Everything is a lie, except for the steady monthly pay you will receive exactly every month.

    Cons

    Working conditions, There is no A/C. Mandatory retirement plan no options here, The home for heroes program is a lie, there is absolutely no one that wants to work with this program, if you are a veteran you are better off going through them, Will work more than 60 hours a week and still get straight pay. Does not pay Holiday time. They will make you work mandatory overtime and then adjust you schedule, inconvenience you, in order for you not to accrue any overtime. you will be assaulted by the inmates and this agency is so cheap and sorry, that you could be in the hospital dying and they will try to fight you in order for you not to be able to get worker's compensation. you are expendable, they don't care about you or your family, Promotion system is a joke, anybody gets promoted, no skills necessary, no previous experience, no education, all you have to do is go up for the interview a couple of times and you'll get it. technology is behind by 20 years without exaggerating. I repeat no exaggeration this agency is so cheap that their technology resources is behind by 20 years. you can only bring a ONE GALLON bag of food and drinks to consume while you are at work, nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more conscious about the people working there, this job is supposed to pay twice what you are paying right now. You have security guards in Texas making more money than Correctional Officers.
    Create more incentives to recognize the good work some people do for the agency. Not that joke of ribbon you have for COV's. Overall just pay the people what you are suppose to be paying to do this job. Provide more training and education. This should at least be an incentive or perk provided by the agency to pay for some education for the correctional officer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Texas Department Of Criminal Justice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ranking Officer in Rosharon, TX
    Current Employee - Ranking Officer in Rosharon, TX

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability!!!! steady paycheck, Laundry services done by inmates though, and if you are single Health insurance is free

    Cons

    No Air conditioning, Uniforms that look like Pest Control Uniforms, No Benefits, Although they claim they have some. It's a lie once all is said and done you work more for less. For example: you will either be assigned to a 12 hour Unit or a 9 hour unit. In the 12 hour unit you will work 48 hours a week and get paid straight salary or time all 48 hours, so if you were wandering if you would accrued overtime FORGET IT!!! TDCJ will not pay overtime Never!!!. Health Insurance is a joke, then you are in this mandatory retirement plan which they take at least 200 dollars a month easy, and you will not see this money until you are 62 YEARS old. Now if you are planning on working until you are 62 years old instead of working for another company and retire when you are 50 then go ahead and apply. Then if you get assault by an inmate don't expect TDCJ to back you up or to automatically cover your medical expenses. Worker's Comp? Please TDCJ will fight against you and do everything is possible in order for you not to get paid, so now you are not only hurt but unable to work for an injury inflicted by an inmate, how cool is that?? EH? People TDCJ will hire 100 people in one month and lose 300 NOT EXAGGERATING!!!. Bottom line is that there is more people trying to quit this job than there is trying to stay. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS JOB TO MY WORST ENEMY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and improve working conditions, even in a prison working conditions could be better, not your dinosaurs computers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Not a Good Place to Keep Working!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Gained valuable experience in my field. Worked in the legal field in the Office of General Counsel. When I started I had no legal experience in the legal field and I am thankful for having been able to obtain that experience there.

    Cons

    One of my supervisors, at the time, had NO...I mean NO legal education or experience. He was a disaster as a supervisor in the legal field. I found it to be a very hostile work environment. However, proving that in a court of law is quite another story. If you are not in certain clicks, you will be picked on. Upper management allows lower management and subordinates to misbehave quite badly and they really do not do anything about it. Not a good place to work. Little respect and honor shown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow some exorcisms to be performed on most of you. No, I am not kidding. Disipline the trouble makers even if they are attorneys.

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