Georgia Department of Corrections Employee Reviews about "job security"

Updated Mar 25, 2020

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Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens
Brian Owens
57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits, opportunity for overtime(in 16 reviews)

  • "job security and you will meet some really decent people working here(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unappreciated , favoritism , unprofessionalism, high turn over rate long hours(in 10 reviews)

  • "Upper management not supporting smaller offices(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great introduction to law enforcement"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Alto, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Job security and space to move up in ranks.

    Cons

    Different position opportunity but it takes Time for available position.

  2. "This was a Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Seargeant in Valdosta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Definitely have job security. The only one that can mess this job up is YOU.

    Cons

    Too many people think that it's an easy, get rich quick job. It's not only physically challenging at times but is MOSTLY mentally challenging.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Started fine, ended poorly."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Pay is ok for the work ($27k first 12 months, then $31k for correctional officers) -Good benefits -Great job security -Easy to get hired on -Good door into law enforcement career

    Cons

    -Poor management/administration. Workplace filled with negativity because of it. Morale was great when I started in 2017, but went down hill early 2018 and never got better. Administration put their input where it isn't needed. Most admin have never been in uniform and don't know what it is like to deal with inmates for over half a day, nearly every day. They enjoy making our jobs waayy harder than they need to be because they have more power and want things done in a way that isn't possible. They look at running a prison as running a business - PRISON SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT THE MONEY!!! .....but it is -The inmates aren't the bad part about working there. It's the co-workers. Anyone in uniform (including sgt's and lt's) are ALL ABOUT drama. So much passive-aggressiveness goes on, you can't be yourself because that isn't tolerated. -There are always officers calling out "sick". You will almost always get called on your off days to come to work, since nobody else will. But yet," You can't work more than 2 days over overtime within the cycle". -There is a ton of hypocrisy in the department. Admin tells you to do one thing and then your direct supervisors tell you not to. -I witnessed a lot of corruption within the department. It was known that other officers and sgt's were using tobacco in the facility (felony - O.C.G.A. 42-5-18), but no efforts were made to stop it. Officers would play cards, sleep, and do anything else other than watch the population. (Great if you want to get paid to practice your poker or catch up on some needed.) -There are not enough maintenance/mechanics to fix problems in the institution. Patrol vehicles were falling apart constantly because they weren't cared for or maintained. Power steering went out on nearly every vehicle, strange smells and noises, vehicles literally shaking. And they expect us to monitor the perimeter? - Not enough staff to run the institution (probably because they treat employees so bad that they all want to leave). No matter what anyone says, inmates run the prisons. -ACA/ADA standards weren't followed until it was audit time. Why not follow the rules all the time so everyone isn't stressed? Consistency doesn't exist. Complacency does, though.

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  4. "It's great job security"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, paid uniforms, paid sick leave and annual leave, job security

    Cons

    12 hour shifts (usually end up being 13-14 hours), no OT pay because salaried (receive comp time on 2nd check of the month), short staffed

  5. "Correctional officer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    job security and you will meet some really decent people working here

    Cons

    they cut overtime halfway through year and constantly short staffed

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Captain"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forsyth, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This job had great benefits, including health insurance, retirement, 401 (k), and job security. There was a certain amount of satisfaction knowing you made a difference.

    Cons

    pay not commensurate with the long hours and duties. Sometimes promotions were not given in a fair manner; thankless job for the most part.

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  7. "Georgia State Correctional Officer 2 (Close Security)"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer II in Milledgeville, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and very good job security

    Cons

    Locked up for 13hrs and rarely get our 30m break

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    "correctional officer"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Correctiona in Garden City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Corrections full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good benefits, job security, easy hire

    Cons

    long hours, hostile working environment, promotion unlikely, dangerous working conditions

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  9. "Legal Research Clerk"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Research Clerk in Forest Park, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job security and oulook!!

    Cons

    Dealing with all types of offenders with criminal mind sets.

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  10. "Correctional Officer"

    3.0
     in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Department of Corrections

    Pros

    Job security, some of the other officers, scheduled time off.

    Cons

    The pay is far too low for the type of work that you do.

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