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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  1. "Employees Should Matter!"

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    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job Security, retirement plan, health care.

    Cons

    Changing in a direction that is unsafe for employees, high stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Put the valuable employees, that you cannot run these facilities without, back at the top of your priority list!


  2. "Registered Nurse II"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Erie, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are above the area normal

    Cons

    Not enough staff and mandatory overtime

    Advice to Management

    Better staffing would mean less turnover

  3. Helpful (2)

    "You need to know this...."

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Cambridge Springs, PA
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Cambridge Springs, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    State Job and everything that entails, You know when your days off are, three day weekends once every three weeks, growth potential, Women tend to be less violent then males

    Cons

    Staff are a miserable little lot to work with, gossip and backstabbing are rampant. Honestly you will learn to heat a majority of your coworkers, for they are extremely badge heavy, or cliquey, or just don't care or a horrible combination of all three. Inmates, for the most part are more tolerable than your coworkers.

     CO's are subordinate to the mental health staff, so be prepared for that. EVERY non security staff member will attempt, at some point to order you around and if you let it happen, you are screwed.

    No work Life balance..... Due to mandated overtime, short staffed and unions that protect those who habitually call off, you just are going to have to live with it for some years, until you may be able to out rank or are more senior. Putting your dues in takes many, many years and there is no guarantee that you will ever get the position you are after, no light at the end of the tunnel.

    Can't opt out of the union. You will always pay dues and you will become a member, no matter what.

    Incompetent leadership. Many in management are happy to give out orders and not realize what they are doing is wrong. For example: I had one LT. try to mandate me on my three day weekend, it wasn't until a more senior CO corrected him and informed me, that i realized this was wrong. The LT knew what he was doing and was going to do it anyways, because I was new at the time.

    Inmates run this institution...... Maybe 10 backbones out of all the CO's put together, inmates get what they want.... Everytime.

    This institution is not set up properly for security, it is the old "ALLIANCE COLLEGE" and serious security upgrades are needed. Get a job here at your own risk.

    Women inmates will play mind games and attempt to manipulate you every day. It gets mentally exhausting after awhile.

    Advice to Management

    I have go nothing to say. Your problems are systemic and numerous. The whole place needs shut down, brought up to proper security standards, retraining for a majority of your force or eliminate them and start over and do it right. Also fire the Warden and get someone in there with actual security experience and not a retired school superintendent .


  4. "Worst place to work ..."

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Schwenksville, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Schwenksville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, yearly incremental raise. However, these benefits are available at all SCI in PA.

    Cons

    75% of the staff at this prison is unprofessional, rude, nasty. During your first year of employment (trainee, COT) virtually no one helps you. Seasoned staff (some, not all) will not help you. You are ignored and left to do all of the work, while those with time in sit in the bubble and talk and laugh. Those 75% of people are not helpful and it's doubtful they would have your back in an emergency. This is, by far, the worst place to work.
    Most other prisons in PA have three and four day weekends ... not at Graterford. Twice every six weeks you have a three-day weekend. At SCI Frackville the employees get four day weekends every five weeks (could be less).
    While I am currently employed there, I am actively seeking other employment. Do yourself a favor and do not accept work at this SCI.

    Advice to Management

    HA! The management is a HUGE part of the problem! Best thing that could happen in an entire revamp of management.


  5. "Steady Work"

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    Current Employee - Corrections Counselor in Skippack, PA
    Current Employee - Corrections Counselor in Skippack, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady work, steady paycheck, unions are strong, tons of job security, and I get to have a real hand in helping men to try to better themselves before re-entry.

    Cons

    Believe it or not the government really does try to get the most bang for it's buck when it comes to employee work loads, I am constantly overworked so I just don't get stuff done sometimes. Oh, and I work around rapists, pedophiles, and murderers all day. Hundreds of them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Try to hire better people. Government jobs should be marketed a little better to try to recruit better talent.


  6. "This job provided many years of stable employment but is a very miserable and stressful place to be"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Frackville, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Frackville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    5 weeks vacation, overtime opportunities, good benefits, opportunity for advancement, great pay, good job security, shift differential, veterans preference points

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime occasionally on holidays and bad weather, poor attitudes by inmates and co workers, favoritism by management to officers they came up with

    Advice to Management

    Try to appreciate your staff and stop trying to be out to get everyone


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Captain"

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    Former Employee - Captain in Somerset, PA
    Former Employee - Captain in Somerset, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good money and overtime opportunity

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement and nepotism the good ole boy system is alive and well

    Advice to Management

    Start talking to people in the jails randomly not who the crooked superintendent is putting out for you to talk too

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Your a good employee till we say your not"

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    Former Employee - ITG1 in Karthaus, PA
    Former Employee - ITG1 in Karthaus, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Okay benefits, pay is generally under what can made with other companys

    Cons

    Don't try to advance yourself especially to the Harrisburg area or say anything about anyone who works in central office. The civil service is a joke, totally crooked.

    Advice to Management

    Worker beware


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Corrections officer"

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    Former Employee - Semi Retired
    Former Employee - Semi Retired
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Health benefits and salary are real good for someone without a colledge education. There is a lot of vacation time that comes with the job. Opportunity for advancement is excellent for those who want it. There is a lot of overtime opportunities.

    Cons

    The work environment is very negative. Management has a very derogatory opinion of your work ethic. They often feel you are worse than the incarcerated individuals. They don't really value your opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Stop minimizing bad behavior of inmates. Officers feel that using paperwork is a waste of time in controlling inmates behavior. All of this is due to the quotas of individuals who they want to place on parole to seek political praise for rehabilitation of individuals. Bad idea for those who don't deserve it.


  10. "Correctional Monitor"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy job, good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    not much to do on job, shifts drag and mandates are terrible


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