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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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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 7 reviews)

  • Walker hates us, very understaffed, to many changes to fast including a new payroll system that does not work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "OK"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The department is very flexible and the amount of vacation and sick time is more than adequate. Most of the people you work with are enjoyable.

    Cons

    Serious lack of take home pay. Starting pay is poor and senior agent pay helps but is still unacceptable. Not enough to raise a family on.

    Advice to Management

    Be more victim orientated.


  2. "Correctional sergeant"

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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

    Currently there isn't anything good to say.

    Cons

    No support or future anymore.

  3. "Use to be a good job"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overtime-always available
    Insurance is good

    Cons

    Haven't seen a pay raise in 8+ years
    16.5 hour shifts
    8 days on 2 days off 7 days on 4 days off
    You are a number, you're not recognized or appreciated going above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders not dictators.
    Be consistent.


  4. "Social Worker"

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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

    The state of WI offers internships for social workers so that you can be paid while doing training.

    Cons

    Since the Unions have lost power the pay scale has lowered and safety for staff has become almost non-existent. Hence, there is a severe shortage of front line employees making the environment even more dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Security, order, and staff safety MUST come first, before inmate programming, education, and treatment can happen.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great starting point for employment with the State of Wisconsin."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are looking to work for the State of Wisconsin Corrections is a great place to start. They provide better starting wages than most state agencies, and a lot of advancement opportunities if you look for them.

    Cons

    As with any job that deals with supervising convicts, it is easy for staff to become negative and abrasive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on providing alternative scheduling options for staff. The schedule was the key to driving staff attitudes in my operation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sergeant"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with quality staff.

    Cons

    Forced Overtime and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (1)

    "DOC"

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    Current Employee - Communications Operator in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Communications Operator in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was told there are many opportunities for advancement. Good place to start to gain experience in the Criminal justice area.

    Cons

    Human Resources has their head up their wazoos. Messed up my insurance,yet blamed me and never made it right. I was told I have to wait until Open Enrollment in October!?! Pay is only starts at $15.42 hour, with forced overtime. You have to pay a portion for your health insurance. Family $220 a month

    Advice to Management

    Offer pay increases after so much time employed as this will retain employees better. Have a better system to deal with complaints and errors that happen in HR.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits and Hours - Management can be difficult"

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

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

    Pros

    Great hours, decent pay, good benefits, nights and weekends off.

    Cons

    Large workload, difficult management, expectations and reality not inline.

    Advice to Management

    Work with current employees and focus on retention, its more effective to work with employees rather than spend the time, money, and effort to hire new employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "DCC"

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    Current Employee - Agent in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Agent in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    None anymore have not had a pay increase since 2008

    Cons

    Top and middle management have been there too long, hired their family and friends to secure their position.

    Advice to Management

    LEAVE and allow someone else into a management position with new and fresh ideas.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good for recent college graduates looking to get started"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Probation Agent in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Probation Agent in Milwaukee, WI
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits will keep you there.

    Cons

    If you be there over 5 years you will get complacent and not look for outside employment, Made more money in 2010 than I do now in 2017. Local management has no direction and shows favoritism. Low Moral within the organization


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