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Colorado Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "Hcs trainee lll"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hcs T Lll in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Hcs T Lll in Denver, CO
    Recommends

    I worked at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job, lots of assessments

    Cons

    No counseling opportunities for drug and alcohol

    Advice to Management

    Better communication would be ideal


  2. "Good Money, Bad Politics"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I in Canon City, CO
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer I in Canon City, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Good Benefits
    Near bulletproof after you become certified
    Job Security
    Paid for what you might have to do, not what you will do

    Cons

    Terrible Politics
    Non-negotiable double shifts
    A lot of burned out staff
    Negative environment
    Not much care for the staff on the ground, more worried about the offenders due to policy
    Will use and abuse you
    No raises unless you promote regardless of time served
    No true incentive to promote

  3. "CDOC Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting environment; potential for growth

    Cons

    very political; hard to make your voice heard


  4. "General Professional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Offer promotional opportunities.


  5. "You make it what you want"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker III in Canon City, CO
    Current Employee - Social Worker III in Canon City, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and retirement through Pera, ability to promote, student loan pay back for some clinical positions. I have met wonderful people whom I enjoy working with.

    Cons

    It is a big organization and change is either painfully slow or terrifyingly swift. There seems to be favoritism but all work places have it.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - CO1 in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - CO1 in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Hours, Experience, Career Opportunity, Exciting

    Cons

    Staff is the worst part

    Advice to Management

    Increase of pay


  7. "Don't do it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The only pro is a few great friends I made.

    Cons

    Far too many levels of upper management; people receive promotions based on if they are "yes" people and which upper-level managers like them, rather than their knowledge and experience. Don't go to work for DOC if you are passionate about public safety; the mission of the department is now one of keeping felons out of prison at any cost. Offenders are rewarded for everything (including doing all of the normal, day-to-day things the rest of us do)...while employees are treated horribly. If you don't like the policies and changes that upper management makes, forget about any dialogue regarding why you disagree. They will literally tell you, "If you don't like it, there's the door." It has become a truly hostile work environment for anyone who believes in preserving public safety.

    Advice to Management

    Most of them have forgotten where they came from and have lost all concept of what it is like to supervise offenders. The next governor, who is hopefully nothing like the current one, needs to clean house....starting at the top.

  8. "HP II, CAC III"

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    Former Employee - HP II; Drug Counselor in Canon City, CO
    Former Employee - HP II; Drug Counselor in Canon City, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Corrections full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and easy drive to work.

    Cons

    Too big; too many bosses creates a communication problem. Those that are not a supervisor or higher, are not recognized or heard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff! Make yourself approachable.


  9. "Correctional Support Manager"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Manager in Canon City, CO
    Current Employee - Correctional Manager in Canon City, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Large organization with many growth and movement options. Challenging job duties and scope of work duties.

    Cons

    Climate is changing in work scope and direction. Pay is now stagnant with little movement up in job category without promotion. Environment with inmates can be challenging and sometimes dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your line staff. Their is a perceived attitude that upper management is detached and does not care about staff issues.


  10. "Correctional Officer I"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer I in Limon, CO
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer I in Limon, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Corrections (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, good pay for the hiring requirements. Some great people work there, and there can be a real sense of team.

    Cons

    Long work hours, lack of staffing necessitates large amounts of overtime. Staffing policies dictate that if relief doesn't arrive, you stay on post until relieved. Some promotional opportunities, but higher ranks do not pay enough to cover the increase in work load. It is a prison, and so all the factors of working in a prison should be expected.

    Advice to Management

    More consistent policies and procedures concerning staffing and job requirements. Better hiring standards and screenings.


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