I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)
The department is very flexible and the amount of vacation and sick time is more than adequate. Most of the people you work with are enjoyable.
Serious lack of take home pay. Starting pay is poor and senior agent pay helps but is still unacceptable. Not enough to raise a family on.
Advice to Management
Be more victim orientated.
I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections in November 2017.
The hiring process was simple but drawn out way too long in my opinion. It took 3 weeks to get an email for an interview and another 2 weeks to get the interview. Then we had to wait another 2 weeks or so to go through the health screening. The health screening was almost ridiculous. They have everyone go to one place(Oshkosh) which happens to be a 2.5 hour drive away from where I live. It took me 4 hours to get through it(which is how long they will tell you it is but I never expected it to actually take that long), most of it sitting and waiting, on top of the 5 hours of driving. Be prepared for the woman that does the screening on the treadmill to tell you how unhealthy you are. I served 4 years in the military and didn't have to go through that type of screening to enlist. The treadmill starts as walking at a normal speed on a flat surface but the screener adds incline and speed about every 2 minutes or so until you get to the point of a 15% incline and 4.5mph speed. 4.5 mph is a very slow jogging speed but you can't really jog because you're at an incline of 15% on a treadmill, so you're forced to walk which just makes it more painful. You have to do this all while maintaining what they deem an acceptable heart rate. They tell you if your heart rate goes over what is "healthy" for you, you will fail the screening and not get hired. I definitely don't run like I used to in the service but I know that if I was told to run miles again, I could do it. Forcing someone to walk at a 15% incline at a speed of 4.5mph while maintaining a "healthy" heart rate is impossible for anyone that doesn't run up hills every day. I highly doubt that a single person "passed" by their standard. I also find that part of the screening to be pointless because I don't foresee walking at a 15% incline at 4.5mph as part of the job. After the screening, you'll receive an email if you are getting hired 1-2 weeks later.
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