Virginia Department of Corrections

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Updated July 22, 2015
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Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold W. Clarke
Harold W. Clarke
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  1. Stability, equipment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DOC offers job stability (America incarcerates more people than any other nation). The equipment (cars, laptops, etc.) were all above average.

    Cons

    Dialogue training, check in/out, oneness, etc. all were fine initiatives, but got annoying after a few months of it being pounded into your head. State government bureaucracy and old dogs unwilling to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission, not the scenery of promoting a different culture.


  2. Juvenile probation officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Meaningful work, opportunity to work with many diverse professionals

    Cons

    Low pay, budget cuts, late nights, on call

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing


  3. I have worked for the DOC for 6 years with the males and female offender population

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chesterfield, VA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chesterfield, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The chance to make a difference in an offender's life by treating them with dignity and respect, showing them that they are paying their debt to society for breaking the law but they still have a chance to change their negative behavior by thinking and acting positive so that they can once again become productive citizens in society upon their release.

    Cons

    The offender population is not always the problem, its the upper management. Officers are over worked and under paid. You have to work 12 hour shifts ranging from 5-7 days straight, and then on your time off they demand you work. Then they wonder why the turn over rate is so high.

    Advice to Management

    We are correctional officers not dogs. Treat us with the same respect, and dignity you would want if you were a correctional officer. We are all adults, and should be treated and talked to that way. I'm sure Mr. Clarke would agree that is also part of The Healing Environment.


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  5. Been here for 9 years, great working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Capron, VA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Capron, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy money, nice people , great benefits, learning experience

    Cons

    Underpaid, no raise in 5 years, very little if none overtime

    Advice to Management

    Upper management could do more for lower staff


  6. Probation Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Probation Officer
    Former Employee - Probation Officer

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    autonomy, state vehicle, benefits, office space

    Cons

    If they want you out you don't stand a chance, poorly qualifed/uneducated management/supervisors, poor office morale and environment

    Advice to Management

    N/A. Qualified and educated employees pose a threat to management. Therefore, advancement is difficult and is often achieved by backstabbing. If this is not your style, I discourage this agency.


  7. The people on the staff are great.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Tech in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Electronics Tech in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always an interesting work environment. Your days are hardly ever the same.

    Cons

    Really no advancement opportunities, no pay increases. You have to adjust off your overtime. So make sure you are comfortable with what you negotiate up front.


  8. incompetence will rise to management positions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Correctional Officer in Chesapeake Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Correctional Officer in Chesapeake Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was covered under the old retirement plan and bought 4 years service credit for military service at the old 5% rate. Got that amount back in increased pension within 7 months.

    Cons

    The last warden I worked for, did not communicate with his employees, he disseminated. He wanted one way communication only, him to us. Our shift motto was BOHICA, Google that!

    Advice to Management

    Before you tell us what to do, learn what it is we do and what you are telling us to do.


  9. Pretty good organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Person in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - IT Person in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities for training (they have their own Academy). The IT Department has a great CIO Friendly work environment at the HQ Good benefits as a state employee

    Cons

    I can only speak for the IT Department, but a few of the managers are protective of the assignments and opportunities they dish out. Sometimes it takes intervention from the CIO before the manager will allow his/her team to do anything interesting. There is a clear delineation between the Application Development staff and the other teams (Operations and Security). Collaboration between the teams only happens when the CIO directs it.

    Advice to Management

    There's no point. The one that needs to hear it, doesn't listen anyway.


  10. Too much politics from people in Richmond that have no clue what goes on.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Pound, VA
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Pound, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Have decent benefits and retirement

    Cons

    Dangerous job, long hours, inmates hate you


  11. Use as a stepping stone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, only work 14 days a week, training is easy, the academy serves pretty good food. Some co workers are alright.

    Cons

    They hire anyone who walks through the door. The pay and benefits are horrible for what you put up with. Incompetence at all levels of this organization. Facilities are falling apart and upper brass does nothing. My pod had no radio reception, no intercom to master control,and a control panel that over heated daily. Cell doors that would not lock or failed to unlock. Expired OC at many posts. It wasn't uncommon for me to be on the floor with no radio or cuffs, was told to deal with it. Wasn't a good felling the night George Zimmerman was acquitted.

    Advice to Management

    Add an aptitude test and mental health assessment to the hiring process.



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