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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Reviews

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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections CEO Jon E. Litscher
Jon E. Litscher
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Vacation time, benefits, co-workers and job security(in 4 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

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

  • "(in 3 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    Not bad place to work just stay focused

  2. Lots of hours, ok pay, ok benefits. Not enough to keep people around long.

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Waupun, WI
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    You can work as many hours as you would like and for the most part write your own checks. Ok pay. You don't need an education other than academy which is paid and on the job training.

    Cons

    Overtime is mandatory. They will order you if you do not take overtime because of so many staff vacancies... Lots of changes happened with act 10 where employees do not feel appreciated and do not stay like they used to. For a dangerous job, that many people wouldn't even think about doing we are underpaid.. We don't get paid any more than many warehouse jobs. You work 16 hour days a lot (every other day), no breaks,...

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    Advice to Management

    Make benefits better... My health insurance was better at my previous job...And you won't have as many vacancies... Bring back breaks, low to no cost insurance, raise wages..

  3. Terrible Training no matter what they say in your interview.

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse 
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, pay is ok...ish

    Cons

    Chronic understaffing, poor leadership, poor training

    Advice to Management

    Budgets may be stretched but learn some people skills. Treat people evenly. This comes from someone treated well but sees others treated unfairly.

  4. Corrections Sergeant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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

  5. Helpful (1)

    Burnout is inevitable

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    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time for more than 4 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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Agent probation andp parole

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

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not worth it

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the staff are really great people, benefits

    Cons

    Very short staffed, forced overtime, high turn over

  8. Negativity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion 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.

  9. Good start but careful the job you choose

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections full-time for more than 6 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

  10. Probation and Parole Agent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion 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.

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