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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard
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  • The working environment is working within a prison (in 9 reviews)

  • Difficult to work with inmates, can't really help them much (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crescent City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crescent City, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Salary and great pension

    Cons

    working in a correctional setting is not for everyone


  2. "Welcome to Hell were sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don't."

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Lancaster, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you think money is everything

    Cons

    I wish I could give them a zero rating, but you have to give them at least one star. They treat you as if your a criminal, and your not innocent until proven guilty ...instead you are guilty until proven innocent... Then, they want to offer you a settlement at their terms. Theres a lot of discrimination going on.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like their criminals and respect the hard work and sacrifices they endure each day. Especially it there not sleeping with an inmate, bringing in drugs or cell phone. They show you dedication, loyalty, and hard work and you show them nothing. It is a sad situation and someone needs to intervene ASAP!


  3. "Good pay, but unorganized management..."

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    Former Employee - Staff Services Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Services Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good locations, good pay, good benefits.

    Cons

    Not so good management (and I worked in 3 separate divisions none of which were better than the other). Too much politics, building's are very old and equipment needs to be updated, management is not organized and there's a lot of wasted time sitting around and accountability- makes state worker's look bad. I worked a approximately 10 years with CDCR and two years as a Manager as well, didn't like it from either side.

    Advice to Management

    Higher more qualified and ethical manager's that are willing to go above and beyond and have accountability.


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  5. "Psychologist"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist in Lancaster, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist in Lancaster, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A clinical psychologist within the prison system provides an important service in the rehabilitation of offenders. Psychologists perform comprehensive assessments that inform individualized treatment plans for patients. The work is highly rewarding as each individual who learns to make health decisions once parole is achieved, creates fewer victims in society and reduces the risk for recidivism of the offender.

    Cons

    The cons of working within the prison system is the bureaucracy and the usual challenges of government work.


  6. "Mental health staff in prison setting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Enhance your diagnostic skills. Work with a multidisciplinary team with a forensic emphasis.

    Cons

    High turnover. High caseload with management that does not understand the intensity and stress that comes with being a mental health clinician.


  7. "Many vacancies...but hire turnover"

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    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    State stability. Decent pay, great health benefits, and decent retirement. Paid sick leave, holidays, and vacation.

    Cons

    Highly disorganized, low morale, slow to change, obsolete processes, excessive workload, poor knowledge transfer, too few managers who've done the work and climbed the ladder. Very politically motivated, very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Steam line processes, work more closely with lower level staff. Encourage input and ideas. Hire management from within who have done the work. Stand behind your staff and fight for improvementa. Listen!


  8. "MTA"

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    Current Employee - MTA in Salinas, CA
    Current Employee - MTA in Salinas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and healthcare

    Cons

    Very political. Have to be in well with administrative staff to advance.


  9. "Parole Unit Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Unit Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Unit Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great agency with outstanding benefits

    Cons

    Lack of direction and commitment for dealing with offenders

    Advice to Management

    Do what's in the best interest of the communities we serve while maintaining balance with the paroled population.


  10. "DAPO REVIEW"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time

    Pros

    Employment at DAPO has the potential for unlimited upward mobility. They have various location around the state. Excellent benefits packages. It's important to come thru rank and file into a parole Agent position also.

    Cons

    caseloads can become overwhelming at times. Management expectations are demanding nothing you can't handle. Most supervisors are easy to get along with as long as you meet your specs.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Psychologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Psychologist in Chowchilla, CA
    Current Employee - Psychologist in Chowchilla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and financial compensation

    Cons

    High caseloads are biggest downy



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