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Kansas Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Correctional Officer II"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in El Dorado, KS
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in El Dorado, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kansas Department of Corrections full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    (My ending pay rate was $15.38.) There is camaraderie amongst Officers. You receive free training on the use of weapons and chemical agents. You work in a place that genuinely needs you to be there. The safety of you and your fellow Officers is the top priority of your immediate Supervisors. The benefits are much better than many places, though, they do have room for improvement.

    Cons

    You walk around knowing that you are in the midst of people who would kill you if they got the chance. If your shift lands on a Holiday, you will be at work.

    Advice to Management

    Good Job. But remember, there "nice" ways of phrasing orders.


  2. "Unit Team Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Unit Team Supervisor in Lansing, KS
    Current Employee - Unit Team Supervisor in Lansing, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at KDOC allows me to be a part of keeping the community safe and helping to rehabilitate offenders who need to address behaviors and successfully reintegrate into the community.

    Cons

    The process of the facility is unorganized. A lot of the staff is unprofessional. They don't utilize themselves as role models for the offenders. There should be one process consistent with policy, but each manager does the job and teaches the job how they would prefer it to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more training for incoming employees. This should include a professional and positivity training. The processes of the facility should be more consistent and strict for the offenders. There should be no gray areas, or at least not as many gray areas as are apparent. Also, re-hire for the positions that are needed so that your staff isn't being overworked and underpaid. You will keep good employees this way.

  3. "Good place to get into the workforce and get skills"

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer I/Maintenance in El Dorado, KS
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer I/Maintenance in El Dorado, KS

    I have been working at Kansas Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice starting pay for the requirements that it has. 3 shifts to choose from. Get paid while training for position

    Cons

    Seems to be a disconnect between officers and upper management. No raises. Constantly changing environment that leads to difficulty getting a good grip on the way certain areas are supposed to run

    Advice to Management

    Try to reconnect with your COI level employees to see what things are working and what things aren't. maybe they have a few ideas on how to make things work more safely and efficiently as well


  4. "Decent place to work for a short time."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will always have a paycheck and a job

    Cons

    its very mentally draining at times.


  5. "LCF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kansas Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros unless you need a job to get by until furthering yourself. Even then, save yourself the stress and work as a security guard or something. GO TO SCHOOL!

    Cons

    Small town with limited jobs, a little more than minimum wage, stress, co-workers are terrible, most employees don't understand prison is for rehabilitation not to be punished all the time.


  6. "Corrections Officer II"

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer II in Hutchinson, KS
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer II in Hutchinson, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kansas Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay for the risk of your life.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee like you care about them


  7. "Job conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The facility is really nice and updated. They are always upgrading the facility. They have heating and air conditioning.

    Cons

    They have an extremely high turnover rate. They seem to care more about the image if the facility and the juveniles incarcerated there then they do the staff. They treat Corrections Officers like they are Corrections Counselors and expect us to handle the kids every needs. We get paid 14$ an hour and Corrections Counselors get paid 18$ an hour or more. Why are Officers doing their job.

    Advice to Management

    Higher ups such as Sergeants, Lt, and CPT should be on the floor more with the officers to show support. Corrections Counselors should be on the units at all times and help out with the Juvenile Offenders. A Corrections Counselor should be in the school at all times to handle the kids issues.

  8. "CC1"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Specialist in Park City, KS
    Former Employee - Corrections Specialist in Park City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kansas Department of Corrections (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some co-workers are great other will stab you in the back.

    Cons

    The warden was horrendous at best.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "So your want to be a Corrections Officer in Kansas"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Supervisor I in Lansing, KS
    Current Employee - Correctional Supervisor I in Lansing, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    100% job security, tons of overtime available, good benefits, Good place to get your feet wet for the law enforcement field.

    Cons

    Work conditions, 34% turnover rate, No raises in 7yrs.

    Advice to Management

    Body cam would be a HUGE benefit to keep staff honest about events that take place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great to start your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement. Many different people to learn from and get experience from.

    Cons

    Overtime. Poor morale. Young officers make safety issues a bit concerning at times.


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