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South Carolina Department of Corrections - Columbia, South Carolina Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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  1. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and if you want to move up it’s very easy.

    Cons

    Employees do not have any type of teamwork

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Management is ricidulous"

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

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

    Pros

    steady paycheck
    coworkers
    Not too many pros with working with the SCDC

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians...

    Advice to Management

    Paycheck
    Coworkers

  3. "Workers Treatment"

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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

    The state offers an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    The workers are often mistreated by coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers as if they are irreplaceable. An employee that feels appreciated is more likely to stay with the job.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "Needs complete revamping"

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    Former Employee - Caseworker in Pelzer, SC
    Former Employee - Caseworker in Pelzer, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the co-workers are great people, good vacation rate and holiday rate.

    Cons

    Using VERY old, outdated technology such as DOS, antiquated paper file system that is tattered and inefficient, furniture that is falling apart, institutionalization of long-term employees that have been trained to think inside of a box, lack of programs for inmates that would decrease violence and recidivism.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and support more efficiency within the facilities such as technology, programs, actual useful employee training that is not a waste of time.


  6. "Tough job"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Officer
    Former Employee - Corrections Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    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


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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