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New Mexico Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated December 12, 2016
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  1. "probation/ parole officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Probation Officer
    Current Employee - Probation Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New Mexico Department of Corrections full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible work hours and schedule. good pay (for some positions). good retirement and benefits.

    Cons

    good ol boy system. its about who you know and not how much. also if you don't tend to kiss a little butt you won't move very far up. no advancement unless you want to be a supervisor. often times you deal with an unbearable caseload and you can never keep caught up.

    Advice to Management

    management does not care or just does not care to fix things. often times too much is expected of you regardless of pay. the amount of work especially within the last year makes it impossible to stay caught up. new policies need to be updated to keep workers safe and the job more manageable.


  2. "New Mexico Department of Corrections"

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    Former Employee - Classification Officer in Santa Fe, NM
    Former Employee - Classification Officer in Santa Fe, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New Mexico Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    You can work as much overtime ad you want as a CO they are always looking for new people. The salaries For CO's have gone up a lot to about 20 an hour.

    Cons

    If you don't fit it they won't hesitate to get you out. Having any types of medical conditions they will fire you and not hesitate for doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Don't screw over people that will work anytime you ask them to because other people will not.


  3. "great benefits, poor hourly pay"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Santa Fe, NM
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of overtime available, so even though the base hourly pay is poor you can make a great living. The benefits are fantastic, health, life, dental. It offees a 25 year retirement, which is very rare. The opportunity to advance is great especially if your willing to move to follow promotions at other facilities. Once you build some seniority you can get great posts, aren't forced to work overtime as frequently, and get first pick of overtime.

    You get great leave. Annual, comp time, & sick time.

    Once you get some experience you can get a job in corrections anywhere. Corrections usually has a hard time staffing their facilities so they'll hire someone with prison/jail experience quick!

    The camaraderie great, very similar to the military, but you don't have to worry about getting deployed away from your family. if the administration likes you, you can receive free housing on prison grounds forty tort entire family.

    Cons

    There is a lot of overtime, you will get forced to work a lot of double shifts. Because of the amount of hours security has to work, burn out is a severe problem.

    The administration has traditionally been cut-throat. Our current administration at PNM is great (2015), but they are the exception to the rule.

    We're already dangerously and poorly under staffed and they are still cutting security posts.

    It can be dangerous.

    Inmates throw cocktails of bodily fluids on officers to humiliate, or out of anger/spite.


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  5. "Watch what you say"

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    Current Employee - ABE Instructor in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - ABE Instructor in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    As an instructor I had a bit more autonomy in teaching that I expected. Benefits are not bad. Wages are not bad for an Instructor but surprisingly low for support staff, including Correctional Officers.

    Cons

    It seems that they are always looking for someone to collaborate with inmates. I could live with the metal detectors, going through my belongings, but they take delight in listening in on your conversations and if an inmate says something about you they might give more weight to what they say than what you have to say. This creates an atmosphere of paranoia, not from inmate attacks, but from the thought police.

    Advice to Management

    You are not helping what is an inherently dangerous situation.