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Florida Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Learn valuable security techniques great education and schooling for employees good benefits and learn valuable people skills (in 24 reviews)

  • great benefits and pay for content life (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • It's not talk about but, there is still a good ole boy system (in 10 reviews)

  • 1-Extreme cliques 2-horrible pay 3-no raises 4-cannot get time off 5- teamwork is non-existent (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Correctional Officer"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Milton, FL
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Milton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Good retirement, good insurance, can advance

    Cons

    Stressful environment, sometimes not enough staff on duty.

    Advice to Management

    Care about what your doing


  2. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Checks are on time and you medical insurance.

    Cons

    Highly negative work environment, bad pay, long work hours, dishonest management and stressful - You do earn leave time off but you will most likely not be able to use any of it unless your friends with the Chief of Security, the Warden or whomever can best manipulate

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "CO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    provides very good employee benefits

    Cons

    horrible management, unskilled managers,rampant favoritism

    Advice to Management

    fix broken promotion process.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "OVERTIME"

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    Current Employee - Certified Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Certified Correctional Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Job security
    -Overtime (Voluntary)
    -Number of days off(15/month=half a month off)
    -Steady work schedule
    -Decent Pay(Compared to average job, but for the field we're under paid)
    -Paid Vacation
    -Insurance Options
    -Manual labor can be kept to a minimum
    -Always hiring(due to high turnover rate)

    Cons

    -Stress levels(Dealing with the "Cons" lol)
    -Poor management decisions
    Ex. How can someone who sits in an office in the capitol and has never worked a day behind the fence know what's best for Officer, Staff, or inmate safety? Trick question: They can't.
    -Overtime(Forced extended workdays, which means a 16hr day for you in a prison and not enough sleep between shifts. NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE)
    -State tries any way possible to con out of earned overtime pay
    Ex. I work a forced Extended workday (12hr shift + 4hrs of overtime at 1.5x pay), if I call out sick they will deduct a full 12 hours from accrued sick time rather than prorate the time deducted by the worth of those 4 hours of overtime. Which brings me to my next con:
    -Overtime is paid monthly, not bi-weekly. Ex. If the pay period begins on 11/2/17 and I do 4 hours overtime on 11/3/17, I won't see that money until 12/3/17 a month later. Why? To see if you call out for any reason in the pay period so that they can promptly steal back those 4 hours of overtime you did at a false rate, hence the previous con.
    -Inmates have more rights than the average American Citizen and Officer(Refer to stress con......). Ask anyone in the field.
    -Don't expect a pay raise. We saw the departments first pay raise this year in roughly 10 years.... which means high turnover rate, which means tons of overtime whether you want it or not.

    Advice to Management

    The people that make these institution altering decisions need to work behind a fence for a period of time to understand the changes they're making and how it will affect the personnel that work with inmates for 12 hours a day. Maybe they'd see why the men and women that put their lives on the line everyday that come in to work may deserve higher starting pay and earned pay raises.

    With all that being said, if you can put up with half-brained ideas/management and manage your stress levels and outside life then there's a decent living to be had with definite possibility of moving up the chain and earning the extra dollar.


  5. "Correctional Lieutenant"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Port St Lucie, FL
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Port St Lucie, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, paid leave and retirement

    Cons

    Always understaffed and it is a high stress job. The retirement is the only reason to stay at the job if you can stand it.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  6. "good benefits and steady income, decent pay"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Ocala, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good pay, there's always work, opportunities to promote to higher class

    Cons

    extremely stressful environment, high risk, disliked by most of the public, long hours, high turn over rate, expendable, not appreciated


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not Family Friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, opportunities for promotions

    Cons

    Unsympathetic to the need for family time, demanding work hours, no work/life balance

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Have amazing benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is on the low side compared to corporate positions


  9. "Region Dietitian"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Florida Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    health insurance and dental adequate

    Cons

    Benefits ok...not as great as if started in my 20's. Not paid enough for the risk you put yourself into. Not paid according to your professionalism. IE the person who runs the kitchen in the prison doesn't need a college education but gets little less or same as the dietitian.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate for education, experience.


  10. "admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    worke closley with managment and got some perks

    Cons

    did not care about employees


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