CAL Fire Reviews

Updated Jan 8, 2021

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  1. "Calfire"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter 

    I have been working at CAL Fire part-time

    Pros

    outdoor job and always something to learn.

    Cons

    We can work for days on end. I worked 63 days straight.

  2. "Cal fire"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter/EMT 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAL Fire part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best job in the world

    Cons

    Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

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  3. "Cal Fire Firefighter"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Firefighter I in El Dorado, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CAL Fire part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Pay, Meet a diverse group of people, learn fire behavior in 1st person.

    Cons

    As a seasonal i was away from home for 60 days in a row. 72 hour regular shifts when your at the station.

  4. "Cal Fire"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter in Camino, CA

    I have been working at CAL Fire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great people -Great experience -A LOT of overtime -A lot of opportunities to advance in your career

    Cons

    -Poor pay -A LOT of overtime

  5. "Great job, poor management"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter in Auburn, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CAL Fire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Experience, the people you work with, vast avenues of opportunity

    Cons

    The sheer amount of hours. You will be forced to work on duty for weeks, and a lot of times it was never actually necessary. The pay is mediocre at best considering how much of your life you devote to the job. The equipment we use is in the stone ages compared to most departments. The department does essentially nothing for the employees health and well being. And for everyone new coming into the department they are now on a way worse retirement system than people pre-2013.

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  6. "."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAL Fire full-time

    Pros

    Great company great career path

    Cons

    None that I know of

  7. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CAL Fire full-time

    Pros

    Cal Fire is an amazing place to work with great people. Real heroes.

    Cons

    Absolutely none, Cal Fire saves lives.

  8. "Fire Review"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Fire Apparatus Engineer in Napa, CA

    I worked at CAL Fire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and medical enefits

    Cons

    Long Hours away from family

  9. "Great corporation"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Chino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CAL Fire full-time

    Pros

    Great job, theres always work. Always helping people. Assists with training

    Cons

    Non flexible hours, sometimes long shifts. Very moody environment.

  10. "the best"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter/Paramedic in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at CAL Fire full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large Department can do anything

    Cons

    force hires during fire season

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