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Corrections Corporation of America Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • the pay is good at some facilities, very bad at most (in 18 reviews)

  • Work schedule is great along with good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • This would likely explain the high turnover rate found at many of the facilities (in 11 reviews)

  • No help from upper management don't believe in pay increases all out for themselves need more help high turnover rate (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Detention Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was good and the schedule is OK.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts with 15 minute breaks wasn't really easy to do when dozing or sleeping can cost your job.


  2. "Correctional Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Austintown, OH
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Austintown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a great opportunity for advancement. It is possible to work your way from officer to warden; any position is achievable.

    The pay is decent for the area, could be better, but decent.

    Cons

    Company is privately owned so the bottom line is the bottom dollar. Sometimes the effort is placed on less officers to save money. The company is large and have a lot of experience in cutting dollars so maybe they have a good idea of what to cut.
    Insurance is good for the area but still pricey.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to officer ideas and give credit where credit is due. Loosen the purse strings a little and have more shift briefings so the officers no what is going on.


  3. "Corrections career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Milan, NM
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer in Milan, NM

    Pros

    good co-workers, great training, good pay

    Cons

    long hours, dangerous work enviorment,


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  5. "Correctional Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Cushing, OK
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Cushing, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want your foot in the door with law enforcement then working for a prison is a good start.

    Cons

    This company treats their people like crap and the pay is horrendous!

    Advice to Management

    The way you treat your employees dictates how well they will work for you!


  6. "Not worth it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Bartlett, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Bartlett, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to say you have a job. Probably the only pro

    Cons

    Employees start drama with everyone. Officers are bringing in drugs and sleeping with the inmates. Absolutely no control over the inmates. They come and go as they please. Staff comes to work high. If they drug tested their officers/new sgts More than once(upon hiring) they would find this out. Absolute mess. Academy is a joke. And $12 an hour?? Definitely not worth it. Plus I know some higher ups And Bartlett will be closed within a year. Thank God

    Advice to Management

    Random drug testing! I work there and have seen with my own eyes officers getting high in the parking lot!! Get control over that place. It really is a mess


  7. "Fullfilling but overworked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Busy all day, so the 12 hour shifts usually fly by. Alot of personal responsibility in getting assigned duties accomplished.
    And learning to work with different people everyday.

    Cons

    Some facilities lack leadership, and backup from your surpervisors.
    Administrators are not deeply involved staff everyday work environment.
    Understaffed, so overtime days are mandated.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for burnout of employee's you value.


  8. "Correction Officer - Silverdale in Chattanooga TN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is good for those willing to put in the hours, and a good place to get your feet wet in law enforcement. There are opportunities for advancement as well due to the fact people are quitting faster than new officers are coming in.

    Cons

    Dishonest and deceitful company. Was told 3 days one week, 4 the next with 12 hour shifts. In fact the average shift is closer to 15 hours with some well above that, no way to let your family know your having to stay late (because no one showed up to relieve you), and you get no lunch breaks, (your lucky in most cases to get a single bathroom break in the entire 15 hours. Mandatory overtimes are a constant reminder of how poorly staffed the facility is. If you have a family... DO NOT APPLY! What you are told during interviews and your training class is not an accurate assessment of the job, seek out those who work the system every day to learn the truth.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a serious focus on hiring the right people to staff the facility. For this area, it is far less dangerous and more advantageous for some to pick up a job at VW, Amazon or even the county for far more money, better benefits and less danger. I would recommend this job only to someone who has exhausted every other option for work first.


  9. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people & enjoyed learning all the skills that went along with my job

    Cons

    There needed to be some upgrades to positions who were handling most of the work load versus their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Cross Training and Job Shadowing would be a nice addition


  10. "Addiction Treatment Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Addiction Treatment Counselor in Eloy, AZ
    Former Employee - Addiction Treatment Counselor in Eloy, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good salary Administration is supportive of employees and responsive to inquiries from employees. Immediate supervisor of treatment program is knowledgeable and professional.

    Cons

    Living in Tucson, the drive to Eloy for work was difficult and required a high expense in terms of gasoline. Some members of administration were unprofessional and disrespectful.


  11. "Dental hygienist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Dental Hygienist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Dental Hygienist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corrections Corporation of America full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. A lot of professional freedom

    Cons

    Working with inmates can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


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