California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews

Updated May 21, 2022

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard
Dr. Jeffrey Beard
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good place to work

    May 21, 2022 - Psychologist in Folsom, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Good camaraderie among mental health staff and a real chance to make a difference in the most underserved population. Good pay and benefits and 4 tens schedule prevent burnout.

    Cons

    Working with custody staff can be challenging, some of the inmates can also test you, and when staffing is low, your workload increases making it hard to keep up.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Correctional Officer, State Prison, Adult Offenders

    Feb 21, 2022 - Correctional Officer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    •High pay, beginning at $72,000/year after completion of 16 week academy. (During academy, paid at lower training pay scale.) •Respected occupation •Sworn peace officer, State of California •Full benefits from day one, including health, dental, optical, sick leave, vacation time accrued monthly, holiday pay, and retirement. 401K or 457 available. •Vested after 5 years •Peace Officer/Firefighter (POFF) pay scale •For new hire officers, CalPERS retirement pay accrues at 2.5% X number of years worked, at age 57. Typical career is 27 to 30 years. Minimum age 21; no upper age limit. •Opportunity to compete for advancement, or lateral transfer to Paroles Division. •33 prison locations at which to serve, distributed throughout the State of California. •Availability of overtime at overtime pay scale of 1.5 times that of straight time. •Two regular days off per week are “consecutive days,” ie, two days in a row, never split days off.

    Cons

    •Same risks as those incurred by all members of the law enforcement community: serious injury, or even death, resulting from inmate attack,or possible risk of exposure to tuberculosis, or of an accidental exposure to blood-borne pathogens (HIV, Hep-C.) •Some involuntary overtime, without right to refuse. •May rotate to all three shifts and weekends.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Overall Decent Career

    May 12, 2022 - Corrections Officer in Marin City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great Benefits, pension and Overtime

    Cons

    You are at the mercy of the institutional needs and can be held for involuntary overtime several times a month.

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Diverse patient experience, failing system, poor leadership

    Jan 29, 2022 - Psychologist in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Prison has replaced the antiquated Psychiatric hospitals of old. If you have a passion for treating trauma, psychosis, mood disorders, substance abuse, etc., etc., etc., with an interdisciplinary team of providers, CDCR will provide you with a never-ending line of patients. There are many super-qualified clinicians employees who are very passionate about delivering the highest quality of care for their patients. All employees in CDCR are Unionized, so there are many protections and benefits to being employed. Predictable salary and raises, predictable allocation of time off, etc., etc.

    Cons

    Clinicians who provide direct patient care are not valued. Their job duties and assignments are changed at the whim of management, their office spaces are changed whenever convenient to leadership, and work schedules are also changed whenever management wants to. There are no incentives to being passionate and going above-and-beyond; there are a lot of disincentives to doing any extra work because it increases liability upon yourself. Management is quick to criticize and blame, but they do not recognize clinicians who take-on more than their fair share. Documentation is micro-managed with little guidance or mentoring. All throughout the pandemic, local leadership minimized the risks to being present in-person, mocked those to feared the virus, and pressured clinicians to meet in-person despite having all the resources available to meet remotely. Turnover is very high despite it being a government job that usually leads to stability and longevity.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great benefits

    May 11, 2022 - Corrections Officer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pays a living wage and great benefits

    Cons

    Can be incredibly stressful and times. Mandated overtime

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Not for everyone

    May 18, 2022 - YCC 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible, Fair pay, Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment, Terrible management, very political and not much opportunity for advancement. Lack of support and high stress which makes pay not worth it.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Place to Work

    Apr 28, 2022 - SSMI in Sacramento, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work/Life Balance Benefits Salary People Environment

    Cons

    I don't have any con's. Coming from private, I was quite pleased with the state enviornment.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Nurse

    Apr 30, 2022 - Registered Nurse in Avenal, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great pay compensation and work place

    Cons

    Can't bring in your cellphone

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good depending on your team/office/institution

    Apr 20, 2022 - Office Technician (Typing) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits. Great training if your team has been on board for a while

    Cons

    It is possible you get transferred to a different location

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    great pay

    Apr 10, 2022 - Registered Nurse, Correctional Facility in Camarillo, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    great pay, opportunities to work overtime

    Cons

    at times, life and death stressful

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Reviews FAQs

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 511 reviews left anonymously by employees. 57% of employees would recommend working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to a friend and 43% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

57% of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 2.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.9 for culture and values and 3.6 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to be coworkers, career development, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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