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Delaware Department Of Corrections Reviews

Updated December 27, 2018
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  1. "Great Place with great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    If you are a people person, its a great place to be

    Cons

    Long work hours sometimes due to mandatory overtime


  2. "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Delaware Department Of Corrections (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overtime is plentiful but that’s it.

    Cons

    No longevity pay. No pay raises until someone is murdered. Horrible increase in pay with promotion. Forced overtime weekly. Massive mismanagement with schedules and assignments. Despicable pension that will see you work for 25 years just to collect 26k a year in pension.

  3. "Soul leeching environment filled with incompetent supervisors and coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can write your own paycheck by working a maximum of 160 hours a paycheck.

    Cons

    No longevity pay. No pay raises unless someone is murdered. When there is a pay raise it is only to adjust the starting salary. No incentive to stay. Promotional pay raises are negligible. The pension is horrible. If you work for 25 years under the current pension plan and salary you will make 26 thousand dollars a year in retirement before taxes.


  4. "Probation & Parole Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Flex schedule on the PO side is huge plus. Excellent benefits, almost impossible to get fired. Lots of time off and holidays. You won't be working weekends or holidays. Job actually has a pension (all be it, a meager one) that includes your health insurance from day 1 of retirement. If you get in early, a second career is a real possibility. In the end, I would not recommend working here if someone asked. Flex time is great if you have 3 kids and a spouse that makes $200K a year, but living off the salary is a real challenge.

    Cons

    The pay is horrific for a job that requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree just to test. It's no wonder they can't attract qualified applicants. Also, you're dealing with some difficult people all the time. Like management. The offenders can be difficult, too.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest complaint is the low pay. I know management has little control over this aspect of the job. I would say focus on giving people an incentive to stay. Do SOMETHING to boost morale. Morale is terrible. Most junior people are looking for employment elsewhere, most senior people are riding out to retirement. "I love working here, and the management is great", said no one.


  5. "Great Stepping Stone for Law Enforcement Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Delaware DOC is great if you want to attain a career at another law enforcement agency. The experience and training will equip you and prepare you for what to expect from other agencies.

    Cons

    Forced overtime and low pay make it hard to bare...
    Leadership show lack of concern for work/life balance...

    Advice to Management

    Take more time developing officers. Leadership skills are essential when supervising and monitoring people.


  6. "Poor leadership, weak training, out of date security measures."

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of co-workers are good people. Job security. It is virtually impossible to be fired from this job regardless of mistakes or purposeful rule violations.

    Cons

    Almost every aspect of the job is flawed. The facilities are falling apart at the seems, management is more uneducated about policies and procedures than new recruits. Weak training, no repercussions for failed work or assignments. Lack of care for others, backstabbing. Impossible to get days off, mandatory 16 hour shifts often. Overall poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp everything. The problems start at the top and leak down.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime for all officers.

    Cons

    Bad shift schedules for entry level staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Correction officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    All the overtime you want

    Cons

    Forced OT travel distance

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Delaware Department Of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    -There are some first class people who work here, who have your back day in and day out...
    -Plentiful OT, if that's your thing (I personally have gotten to the point where I can't stand being there for 8 hours, much less 16).
    -Decent health benefits

    Cons

    -There are also people who run away with their tail between their legs when the going gets rough.
    -Upper ranks antagonize and hold the good Officers to ridiculous standards while they give a pass to the terrible Officers that should have been fired years ago.
    -Long hours
    -Mandatory OT
    -Lousy/nonexistent incentives
    -The only way to make a decent retirement/pension is to work as much OT as humanly possible
    -Inmates are treated better than staff
    -People in higher ranks that shouldn't even have a job, much less a supervisory role
    -Massive exodus coming in 2017

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want people to leave, don't treat them like they're disposable.
    There's a massive difference between being a manager and a dictator.


  10. "Sgt."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Georgetown, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Georgetown, DE

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime and pay is ok for the area.

    Cons

    There is really nothing negative to say about the position.

    Advice to Management

    yes