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South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "South Carolina Department of Correction"

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    Former Employee - Building Grounds Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Building Grounds Manager in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with pretty good salary you have lots of days off throughout the year very good benefits

    Cons

    South Carolina Department of Corrections could do better training their employees before they get cut loose to do their jobs

    Advice to Management

    Need to add incentive bonuses


  2. "SCDC"

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    Current Employee - Food Service in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Food Service in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no back breaking work, most work is done by the inmates.

    Cons

    Managers have poor work ethics.


  3. "Correctional Officer"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Lexington, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with the Dept of Corrections can be pretty fun to know all your coworkers and staff. Time off after you are placed there a year or so you accrue 180 hrs "on the books". There is definitely room to move up the chain of command if you don't mind being buddy buddy with the higher-ups. Micromanagement has its perks and some Debby downers. Being there for just over 9 years I've learned that knowing who you communicate with as a friend and those just looking out for themselves can be exhausting. There will be times when the promotions go up on the board and everyone who you thought was your buddy turns out as a back stabber so be careful. They hire just about anyone without a criminal record and fair credit.

    Cons

    There are long hours associated with this job. Even though you are assigned 12, you may be having to stay late with unforseen circumstances. Most Management is only looking out for themselves. If you make a mistake be prepared for time off. They don't care you bust your behind for hours in a building with the inmates while they are sitting in an office laughing and talking smack behind your back. Oh and if you do have time accrued at the end of the year, good luck getting it off. They say the ones that have been there the longest get it off first knowing if they see you have a lot of time, they are required to give you it with no questions asked. But nooooo, you may or may not lose time.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be more understanding with certain things no matter how the officer handles it.


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  5. "Correction Officer"

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    Former Employee - Correction Officer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Correction Officer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the hours and pay.

    Cons

    None, other than sometimes it was really loud


  6. "Administrative coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Ridgeville, SC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Ridgeville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People oriented, good listener, dedication, reliable team player, work with minimum supervision
    detailed, investigative skills, problem solver maintain confidentially

    Cons

    do not like gossip, showing favouritism,conflict

    Advice to Management

    Being supportive


  7. "Over worked & Tired"

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in McCormick, SC
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in McCormick, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok benefits. Ok pay. Life changing experience

    Cons

    Extremely dangerous environment, under staffed. they can't keep employees because they do not know how to treat people. inmates run the institution. Dirty staff members. They will hire anyone. If you are not in the "click" they will label you an outcast and treat you very badly. All the men try to have relations with the females. They will render you from moving up in rank. they base it on likes and family. if you try to leave the give bad reports to possible future employers. If you apply just make sure you are ready and have a lawyer on hand.

    Advice to Management

    Mccormick institution needs to be investigated.


  8. "Not for the weak"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    State Benefits, 2 weekends off a month

    Cons

    Stress level is high, not enough staff to feel safe, pay is horrible for what you have to endure.


  9. "SCDC"

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    Current Employee - Human Services Coordinator I in Elgin, SC
    Current Employee - Human Services Coordinator I in Elgin, SC

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a vast number of jobs available with the agency. A person has the ability to move around and upward.

    Cons

    The pay is not very gratifying. There is a high turn over rate due to salary. Also, a person must be able to work in confined spaces and work with criminals for some positions.


  10. "Long hours and very stressful due to very unsafe work conditions (due to short manning)"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of any other than good benefits but the pay is crappy. Also, there's a lot of room for promotion.

    Cons

    Come to work and you get the same treatment as the people who call in everyday.
    Very unsafe work environment due to people not showing up to work.
    Little to no appreciation for the hard work put in.
    Little training is done before you're handed the keys.
    Professional key turner
    It's always the inmates word against yours.


  11. "sargeant"

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    Former Employee - Sargeant in Broad River Bluff, SC
    Former Employee - Sargeant in Broad River Bluff, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    hours working and off good

    Cons

    lowest paid officers in the country

    Advice to Management

    to keep employees from leaving increase defensive tactics training. and pay more. you are the lowest paid dept. of corrections in the country.


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