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South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  1. "Tough job"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Officer
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Decent pay great benefits good place to start law enforcement stable job lots of overtime. paid training

    Cons

    Tough work environment, upper management can be tough to deal with dealing with very violent offenders, 12 hr. shifts most facilities in middle of nowhere

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower ranking officers


  2. "Caseworker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time

    Pros

    This is a great entry level job. There are always a plethora of opportunities; be it a location transfer, or a change in duties. Once your foot is in the door, you may explore other options within this department. Always an ample amount of training available. There are so many opportunities to learn, if one is truly invested in doing so. Chance to meet a few hard-working people, that can guide you, particularly if you are new to corrections. It is rewarding learning about the inmate population and witnessing the improvement some of the programs and caring individuals can bring. There is a great retirement plan.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover rate, hence the availability of so many other job opportunities within the department. With this I must also include that there is a great deal of nepotism when it comes to job attainment. Merit, education and experience are always overlooked for the buddy system. The Warden at the institution I worked for had a less developed vocabulary than my 5-year old. Certain individuals are given positions they cannot perform and have poor leadership knowledge. Correctional Officers hired are often young, uneducated, naive, lacking dedication and experience, which only contributes to the high security risk already existing. The major reason for the under-staffing is the poor decisions of leadership and low pay, given the dangerous work conditions. One is expected to surpass the boundaries of their job description without overtime pay, compensation or recognition. Maltreatment of inmates is overlooked and even encouraged and anyone who treats inmates otherwise are deemed weak, will be blackballed and will be suspected of illegal activities with the inmate population. There is a system of reporting inappropriate behavior of other employees that is used erroneously. It is used more for revenge and attacking as opposed to correcting. There is no camaraderie or loyalty between inmates. All of the systems of reporting for inmates are in place for show and not for true assistance. Rather, reporting places a target on an inmate or they are accused of lying. In fact, most programs in place for the purpose of improvement and growth for inmates are a hoax. It is ultimately about receiving favorable numbers for funding, so that they can create unnecessary positions for someone's buddy to be over-payed. Many people have extremely awful attitudes, are unprofessional and are miserable at work in this department due to the aforementioned.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all of the top wigs and Wardens then start over. Increase the pay, and employ people with some level of experience and education, particularly if they will be placed in leadership positions. Do not hire criminals to maintain security over inmates. Set your standards higher.

  3. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Staff shortages, low pay compared to surrounding jails, leadership issues.


  4. "How I see things"

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    Current Employee - Unit Manager-Captain in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Unit Manager-Captain in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job security, meeting new people, it's an adventure every day, opportunity to advance, opportunity to work with some really good people, there's always something new to learn and experience everyday and you feel pretty good when you help inmates and staff see things in a better way. you have an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, for the netter.

    Cons

    We are, most often, reactive instead of pro-active, some of the staff have been there way too long and need to let some new people in the higher ranking positions to take advantage of their fresh eyes and newer ideas, The inmate population is more violent now than 3 or 4 years ago. And, finally, we have too many lazy, short cut taking staff in all areas and positions.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the chair and office, go and talk to your staff. See what they are doing, how they feel about things and find out what ideas/suggestions they have to improve SCDC and it's many missions. And, please, ask the staff in the trenches about policy and post orders changes before you go implementing them, Most people make the changes have no clue what goes on in the institutions or how to do the job, it just sounds good on paper and isn't practical in real life.


  5. "Different experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time

    Pros

    You have a constant pay check and unlimited overtime.

    Cons

    You have to adjust to working with inmates. You also have to make sure you don't cross certain boundaries with them.


  6. "Na"

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

    I have been working at South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are very good there yes

    Cons

    Hours in food service supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Na


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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