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Harris County Sheriff's Office Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  1. "LVN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job stability, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for career growth, favortism


  2. "great job"

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    Current Employee - Dention Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Dention Officer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great learning exp and treat you like family

    Cons

    slow with raises and back longed

  3. "Detention Officer"

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office Job will more verbal skills involved to enforce rules. You sit most of your shift.

    Cons

    Low starting pay for a mentally stressful job.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the start pay to better enforce the values instill after training.


  4. "HCSO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Retirement program and health insurance

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but lots of opportunities to augment salary


  5. "Communications Officer"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great started job for college students. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Politics interfere with some work opportunities for lower level employees. Overtime can be daunting.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees are people too, they have families that need them They love what they do at work but at times they would appreciate a little praise and encouragement. The job that these people do day in an day out takes a lot out of them. Just remember to encourage and uplift when u can. Being a public servant is very hard at times.


  6. "Detention Officer"

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    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, and great flexibility of allowing you to take time off from time to time.

    Cons

    Late pay raises, excessive overtime, don't feel appreciated, and lack of respect from supervisors and other command staff


  7. "Dispatcher"

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    Current Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the people are awesome and get an in-depth look at what law enforcement does on a regular basis, great pay and benfits

    Cons

    long hours, shift work but that is what you sign up for

  8. "Though the pay rate is decent, the hours are crazy."

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay will help you get back on your feet. You work a lot of overtime. You get plenty of benefits.

    Cons

    You don't get to spend time with your family or celebrate holidays. It is stressful. You feel like you live there.


  9. "Just started my detintion officer career"

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    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Detention Officer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris County Sheriff's Office (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is great a lot of overtime I also heard (rumor) moving to 12 hour shifts. Great health plans and probably the best retirement I've ever seen or heard of, 2.50 for every dollar put in.

    Cons

    The interview process is the worst and if you are from out of state it takes longer. paying for parking is a joke and unbelievable

    Advice to Management

    strengthen up your weakest link, some people cant handle or do the job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Retired Harris County Deputy Sheriff"

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    Former Employee - Deputy in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Deputy in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris County Sheriff's Office full-time

    Pros

    Harris County Sheriff's Department if the third largest law enforcement agency in the country. As such the department is ever growing in staff and in new technology. It has come a long way from hand writing reports. From 200 employees including sworn and civilian to over 4000 today. Times have changed dramatically and with that change there are new faces and new ideals. In that more evolution will take place creating more improvements which include expansion in staffing needs and technology to aid in performance duties in the county suburbs it serves. The department is a great place to pursue a career in law enforcement or corrections and offers a variety of civilian opportunities from clerical to administrative. Plenty of opportunity for growth. A career in law enforcement isn't for everyone, but if your up for the challenge, the job is what you make it and I fulfilled my career here and retired in 2009 glad I decided to work here rather then another agency. If your seeking a career with benefits, advancement, good pay, then I suggest the Harris County Sheriff's Department.

    Cons

    While Harris County is a governmentally controlled body, the powers that be have and have always maintained the attitude "Do as I say, Not as I do" or "If you don't like it here... leave" mentality. The Commissioners Court provides themselves with regular and substantial pay increases while all other Harris County employees are constantly past over for even COLA Cost Of Living Adjustment pay increases. Commissioner Court has all the power and they know it daring employees to balk at decisions they enforce on its employees. They rule to make employees pay for their benefits such as health insurance. Prior to 2010 all employees and retiree benefits were paid for by the county allowing employees to pay for their dependents. Now `Commissioners Court has issued that all employees shall pay for their own health coverage along with that of their dependents and with no pay increases or COLA. There are some supervisors that Micro Manage the employees. This isn't to say that all supervisors are like that, but the politics can become incredibly stressful. If working on patrol your closest back up could be minutes or miles away which even a moment can seem like an eternity. If you get injured on the job while you have time on the books your covered. Once that expires your on your own unless the boss likes you. If working investigation no matter what division you have a case load that seems equal to the national debt. If working detentions you get forced overtime and forced time off so they don't have to pay time and a half not to mention the environment is beyond hazardous and you enter into a facility that makes you susceptible to dangerous criminals who will harm you. Disease from the inmates who can spit on you spreading HIV or TB or Hepatitis C and something who knows what... Mandatory annually required 40 training hours which has to be completed. Brush those things aside and you'll do fine. There are always issues in a job that create strife, but some of the political issues you can face can destroy you.

    Advice to Management

    Lot of areas to advance to. If you do your job and do it well. That doesn't mean your a shoe in for the position. Rule of thumb is. "It's not what you know, but who you know" which can and does someone else could advance ahead of you. Still there is lots of room for advancement!


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