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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated February 16, 2018
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State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Jon E. Litscher
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  • The horrible conditions of massive forced overtime, understaffing just will get worse (in 8 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. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Pension At The Moment , Vacation and Sick Time.

    Cons

    Off Shift Hours, Negative Environment, Too Much Politics, Below Average Pay, Working Holidays


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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