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Georgia Department of Corrections CEO Brian Owens
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  1. "Not a great place to move up"

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, local management was helpful, training was decent, updated fleet vehicles, all equipment was issued, able to switch offices easily

    Cons

    pay, upper management, a culture of snitching on others to advance one's career, not a good working relationship with local law enforcement, advancement opportunities were very limited

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage from afar. Allow the supervisors you promoted to run their office.

    Georgia Department of Corrections2013-06-29
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Set Up for Failure and Recidivism"

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    Former Employee - Probation Officer in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Department of Corrections for more than a year

    Pros

    Paid time off and decent insurance.

    Cons

    Revolving door system for offenders. No interest in rehabilitating them on DOC's part. Poor pay, even with years of prior experience. Extremely high turnover due to poor management and job demands.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all offenders and employees with dignity and RESPECT.

    Georgia Department of Corrections2015-06-29
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not enough money for the work!"

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

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Get entry level Law Enforcement training

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low for required education compared to other LE Agencies. Focus is emphasized in the wrong areas, bigger and better gadgets but not on retention. Provide officers with the proper tools for the job, not what sounds good.

    Advice to Management

    It all starts from the top, not the local office.

    Georgia Department of Corrections2013-04-09
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Probation is not what it should be!!!"

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Lots of leave time, easy to get time off.

    Cons

    Where should I begin, the pay is not what it should be, too much butt kissing, crazy deadlines, horrible benefits and they are going worse, too many changes no one can keep up with, management and case load size.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees without them having fear of being fired, get better benefits, probation is a dangerous jobs but please remember we are not police officers, fight for your employees have adequate staffing to handle the mass amount of probationers. I've worked almost every caseload there is, Standard, High, IPS, SPS and Court Services, they need to be people in a unit and let them be. In the past year and a half...

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    Georgia Department of Corrections2012-09-01
  5. Helpful (2)

    "A thankless job where you are expected to keep up with a impossibly huge workload."

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer in
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections

    Pros

    The Georgia Department of Corrections is generous with leave and it is not difficult to get time off if you need it. The benefits are decent, but not as good as they used to be.

    Cons

    If the work wasn't so serious, this job would be a complete joke. You are expected to keep up with a huge caseload of probationers, along with impossible-to-keep deadlines and other burdensome bureaucratic nonsense (i.e. COMPAS assessment). However, the PO III's (office managers), chiefs, and Department heads don't want to hear the truth that what they are telling you to do is not realistic or humanly possible; all they...

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    Advice to Management

    Make our jobs easier. Don't implement a change because some college professor or overpaid bureaucrat with a PowerPoint presentation makes it sound good. Understand that a probation officer is only one person and can only do so much. It is a sad joke to think that we can be effective at protecting the public with our huge caseloads and Department-imposed paperwork, deadlines, assessments, reports, etc.

    Georgia Department of Corrections2011-09-25
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great starting point, good job security, tremendous workload"

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer in
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections

    Pros

    Job security, job security, job security. If you can stick it out for a couple of years and do a half-decent job, you can get promoted.

    Cons

    Caseloads, caseloads, caseloads. Managing over 300 felony probationers is completely impracticable and will drive you completely insane if you're not careful. And, it's a state agency, so the pay sucks. No raises in 5 years plus furloughs.

    Advice to Management

    Make workloads among different offices more equitable. There are some offices in the southern part of the state where probation officers routinely have 100 standard offenders on a caseload, where as metro Atlanta offices usually have at least 300 per caseload.

    Georgia Department of Corrections2010-05-05
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