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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. "It was more work for less pay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Manager in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here would be getting to know and meeting a diverse group of people. The health insurance was okay for the area.

    Cons

    It's very stressful as the company puts a lot of pressure on the staff. The company meet a lot about certain topics but there is no follow up after the meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk don't just talk the talk. Meetings are only the beginning. Be more sincere and truthful about the messages you send. From what I experienced the messages where contradictory. Care more about the employees and success on audits and the bottom line will come.


  2. "Correctional officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Raymondville, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Raymondville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a very good place to work

    Cons

    Its just low paying but its a awesome job experience

    Advice to Management

    Everything its good


  3. "Procurement Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcing/Contracts Director in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sourcing/Contracts Director in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, construction and facilities management groups were very knowledgeable, professional, open minded, and commited to making CCA a success.

    Cons

    The buyers in the procurement department had limited or no prior experience, had unprofessional and biased relationships with vendors. Unstructured in working hours. Lacked education and training. Almost all buyers had no prior procurement experience and were clerical personnel moved into purchasing. As a Director I was required to include and get approval from buyers in all communication with suppliers. These buyers did not have the knowledge, education, or experience in supplier/sourcing/ contract management and were detrimental to creating professional supplier relationships and managing costs with suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire buyers with education, training, and experience. These buyers will require higher salaries but the amount of savings and experience will provide greater ROI and professional relationships with suppliers.
    Contracts should be no longer than three years and should include clauses to allow CCA Contracts that allow price increases due to material market increases, CCA should be able to recend all or specific items on the contract if supplier increases prices and are no longer provide competitive pricing.
    Even guaranteed pricing contracts with suppliers should be rebid every three years to insure CCA is getting best price, best service, and best supplier responses to CCA's requirements.


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  5. "Corrections Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in South Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in South Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is easy to apply and get hired. Hours are easy to come by, and you really have to try at getting onto trouble to be written up.

    Cons

    there's tons of skaters in the industry. 8 and the gate as they say. You have to find a group of buddies to make rank or promote. Homosexuality seems to be the required standard (or at least supervisors are afraid to not promote them because of the equality issues) and the fatter you get the more likely they will pull you off the floor and make you a supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Construct a more reasonably repeated training system that involves holding individuals and trainers accountable. A ranking structure that actually holds responsibility, and accountability while giving staff something to work towards.


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    "Life at CCA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Whiteville, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Whiteville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corrections Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, free food, team-work, great team to work with, and acknowledge birthdays

    Cons

    The benefits and pay are not very good. I wish there was a location closer to where I live.

    Advice to Management

    Please promote from within, and the clerks need more money for the amount of work they put out.


  7. "Resident Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Resident Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many facilities throughout the country leading to various opportunities, more capable of upward mobility. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    In some areas the pay is not adequate for the job. Some locations are in isolated areas.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more consistency across the board.


  8. "It's ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Alcohol Drug Counselor in Tutwiler, MS
    Current Employee - Alcohol Drug Counselor in Tutwiler, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have a job and it's a job to pay bills off on the weekends depending on your position Not a long term job for some people

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Pay increase


  9. "Corrections is not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a cultural diversity environment. You must give respect to get respect. Great opportunities to move up the ladder. Worked there several years and left for personal reasons. I really miss many of my co-workers and wish the company much success.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, lazy officers (some supervisors too).

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you started.


  10. "Security monitor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Monitor II in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Monitor II in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    stable job very little chance of being laid off, or fired. Very low standards for hiring on to become an employee

    Cons

    Long hours, high stress, pay is not commensurate to the amount of responsibility even the lowest level employee has.


  11. "This is not a safe place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Clifton, TN
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Clifton, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, but no amount of money is worth your life. Insurance benefits (if you make it that long) Free meal if you're willing to eat what the inmates cook for you.

    Cons

    Very understaffed, Unsafe working environment, no form of protection, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain or other Correctional officers not available when in need of backup or help. Radios (lifeline) to communicate with other staff or for help didn't always work or weren't correctly charged. One the job training did not prepare me for what to do in the event of a lock down. Superiors treat CO's like inmates.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff to be team players. Make sure correctional officers have a form of communication before sticking them in a pod with 140 plus inmates alone. There is no amount of money worth a person's life. I feared for my life every day. Teach ALL team players to RESPECT one another!!!!! Allow Correctional officers to carry some form of protection, especially when you put them in a pod alone with no back up available to them.



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