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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated December 3, 2018
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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Jon E. Litscher
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, flexible schedule" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Great hours, decent pay, good benefits, nights and weekends off" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The horrible conditions of massive forced overtime, understaffing just will get worse" (in 9 reviews)

  • "you get vacation time that your never going to be able to use due to staffing issues" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "PROBATION and PAROLE AGENT"

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    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Wisc Dells, WI
    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Wisc Dells, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    Not bad place to work just stay focused


  2. "Corrections Sergeant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Learning and opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Be prepared to work and balance your family life

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Burnout is inevitable"

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    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -flexible scheduling
    -decent benefits
    -there is always work to do
    -everyday is a new adventure
    -you spend a lot of time in the community and in court.

    Cons

    -Overtime is only approved when pre-authorized to take in 2 hr increments
    -Forms for forms
    -Be prepared to wear MANY hats in this role.

    Advice to Management

    Cap caseloads and you might retain new employees. The expectation and what can be completed in reality aren’t even close.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Agent probation andp parole"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits an opportunity to be an agent of change, while protecting the community.

    Cons

    Un equal treatment of clients. Stereotyping, to many employees come in with fear, and biases, many dont even live in the milwaukee area. Racist, and sexist ideas are prevalent. Hardley any have degrees in social welfare, they come in with the idea of being incharge, and able to control the clients, as apposed to helping them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Nurse in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the staff are really great people, benefits

    Cons

    Very short staffed, forced overtime, high turn over


  6. "Negativity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Ok pay if you like only getting a raise when an election depends on it
    Benefits are ok

    Cons

    Rude staff, negativity all throughout the shift, constantly called very rude names from staff and inmates alike.


  7. "Good start but careful the job you choose"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, longevity with agency, ability to move within other state agencies, learn a lot about the criminal justice system, certain jobs allow you to do really good things while others will make you want to quit

    Cons

    Depending on the job this will depend. First and foremost do not trust anyone and don’t tell your business to anyone. This place is a drama fest so be careful to remain clear of it. Management is shady be careful. Certain supervisors will help you while others will try and screw you over

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, stop being part of the problem, and be leaders! You have horrible leadership

  8. "Probation and Parole Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, while diminished from where they were when I started, were still satisfactory. Retirement program is fair.

    Cons

    Decreasing pay, decreasing autonomy, decreasing safety due to staffing shortages.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how to fix what you broke with what used to be a respectable position.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was alright"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Sturtevant, WI
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Sturtevant, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overtime for people who want it

    Cons

    Overtime for people who don't want it

    Advice to Management

    Give a raise every now and then


  10. "correctional officer"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insurance- benefit package and job security

    Cons

    Forced overtime. 16 hour shifts. below average pay. Never knowing when you can go home. This is your life. No free time spend your day off sleeping

    Advice to Management

    Its against the law to allow truck drivers to drive over 12 hours a day. but officers are required to work 16 hour shifts and drive home? Very unsafe for officers and the public