I have been working at Florida Department of Corrections full-time (More than a year)
-Number of days off(15/month=half a month off)
-Steady work schedule
-Decent Pay(Compared to average job, but for the field we're under paid)
-Manual labor can be kept to a minimum
-Always hiring(due to high turnover rate)
-Stress levels(Dealing with the "Cons" lol)
-Poor management decisions
Ex. How can someone who sits in an office in the capitol and has never worked a day behind the fence know what's best for Officer, Staff, or inmate safety? Trick question: They can't.
-Overtime(Forced extended workdays, which means a 16hr day for you in a prison and not enough sleep between shifts. NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE)
-State tries any way possible to con out of earned overtime pay
Ex. I work a forced Extended workday (12hr shift + 4hrs of overtime at 1.5x pay), if I call out sick they will deduct a full 12 hours from accrued sick time rather than prorate the time deducted by the worth of those 4 hours of overtime. Which brings me to my next con:
-Overtime is paid monthly, not bi-weekly. Ex. If the pay period begins on 11/2/17 and I do 4 hours overtime on 11/3/17, I won't see that money until 12/3/17 a month later. Why? To see if you call out for any reason in the pay period so that they can promptly steal back those 4 hours of overtime you did at a false rate, hence the previous con.
-Inmates have more rights than the average American Citizen and Officer(Refer to stress con......). Ask anyone in the field.
-Don't expect a pay raise. We saw the departments first pay raise this year in roughly 10 years.... which means high turnover rate, which means tons of overtime whether you want it or not.
Advice to Management
The people that make these institution altering decisions need to work behind a fence for a period of time to understand the changes they're making and how it will affect the personnel that work with inmates for 12 hours a day. Maybe they'd see why the men and women that put their lives on the line everyday that come in to work may deserve higher starting pay and earned pay raises.
With all that being said, if you can put up with half-brained ideas/management and manage your stress levels and outside life then there's a decent living to be had with definite possibility of moving up the chain and earning the extra dollar.
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Florida Department of Corrections (Malone, FL) in September 2017.
Easy enough process. Applied July 2017. Received a call a few days later and submitted my supplimental application. 2 weeks later I took the FBAT and did the interview. 2 weeks after that I received a call saying I was accepted to the academy. In 2 weeks I take my physical and after that i will know my start date at the academy
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