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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated September 15, 2018
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Bryan Collier
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Pros
  • "Government job with good benefits" (in 49 reviews)

  • "Great teamwork with great benefits" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and there is hardly room for use of discretion" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Long hours,hard working opeople" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Work at TDCJ"

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    Former Employee - Certified Correctional Officer in Childress, TX
    Former Employee - Certified Correctional Officer in Childress, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As ex-military, starting pay is above average in this rural area ($3019/mo.)

    A lot of Overtime work offered.

    Good training program with great benefits.

    They furnish uniforms.

    Cons

    Most policies learned in the academy are not followed when you start actual work inside the prison.

    Rules are constantly changing, dependent on who is boss that week.

    A lot of walking .. Up to 5 miles on a 12 hour shift.

    Four 12-hour shifts, Four OFF days can be taxing on your legs.

    Advice to Management

    Get all COs on the same page.

    Enforce policies on inmates without antagonizing.


  2. "State corrections officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Long hours and a lot of people call out

  3. "Community Service Officer"

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    Current Employee - Community Service Officer in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Employee - Community Service Officer in Wichita Falls, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (More than a year)

    Pros

    Different every day. Interesting storeies. Have a good relationship with all of them.

    Cons

    Getting 32 reoorts on e days lok


  4. "Texas Department of Criminal Justice"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Beeville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Beeville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being able to work with fellow family in grey knowing that they have your back when times get crazy and stressful. Free meals is also a plus. Being able to accumulate a lot of time to take off and enjoy it with your family. 4 days on and 4 days off. As long as you have time on the books you will get paid for the days you have to call in.

    Cons

    Short Staffing creates more stress on you. Its a dangerous working environment.


  5. ".."

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

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, and a lot of OT

    Cons

    Pay, short staff, no leadership, unorganized, corruption

    Advice to Management

    Hire ranking officials with proper management skills. No leadership, just pettiness and politics.


  6. "Correctional Officer"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Huntsville, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Huntsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Government job with good benefits

    Cons

    No age consideration for this physically tasking job.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Correctional Officer"

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

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    Job security and sure paycheck

    Cons

    They treat their employees like inmates. The front office gossips. It's like high school.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to promote officers have them Work on their interpersonal skills.

  8. "Not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    There is a provision for Flexibility

    Cons

    Leadership are not proactive. No much concern for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  9. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great consistent schedule, 12 hour work days

    Cons

    Long hours, Stressful. Some coworkers are lazy and you have to pick up their slack


  10. "Correctional Officer"

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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 Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    Decent Schedule with flexible hours off work.

    Cons

    Terrible work ethic, no discretion, out-dated facilities, with sub-par security.


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