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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Bryan Collier
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Pros
  • Great benefits working for the state (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits plenty of leave, but it is sometiimes difficult to take the leave (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Challenging work environment, low pay for the workload (in 14 reviews)

  • Social life suffers, long hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Corrections"

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    Current Employee - Texas in Marlin, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Marlin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment I enjoy leadership and teaching individuals the write and wrong thing to do. Encourage people on positive attitudes and behaviors.

    Cons

    The work environment is not good there's a lot of confusion coworkers are not getting along when I think that everyone should work as a team. Team work is the main reason everyone should want to do and it would be a great work place.

    Advice to Management

    ENCOURAGE good positive change and it would be a great environment


  2. "Good work, good pay, make sure it's something you want to do"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Beaumont, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay, advancement opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    Long shifts, short staffed often, sometimes underqualified supervisors

  3. "Pro-con"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Huntsville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting point for anyone building a carreer resume .

    Cons

    Not a pleasant atmosphere


  4. "Corrections"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Beeville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Beeville, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay for the work is good.

    Cons

    Long hours drag slowly all day


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - District Parole Officer in Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - District Parole Officer in Victoria, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance. co workers are the only ones who support each other..

    Cons

    Non supportive supervisors who lie to cover their own mistakes. Supervisors do not follow policy but expect you to follow it. Supervisors blame you that you don't know how to manage your time. Never any time for family.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the work your employees do for you. Some work off the clock due to the unrealistic time frames given yet they don't want to pay overtime.


  6. "TDCJ"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady paycheck that you can count on being there on time, excellent benefits, 401k and other retirement plans, insurance can be expensive if you have a family but there are multiple options available. Great opportunities to move up in rank for better pay and responsibilities. You do not have to be a Corrections Officer, there are other positions available as well. There is a lot of diversity and there are rarely dull moments in a prison. Not all prions are on the same schedule, but many of them work 4 days on 4 days off, which is quite nice.

    Cons

    Downfall, I have come across a bit of favoritism from much of the leadership. This can affect the officers' moral. Other cons are obvious as they relate to simply working in a prison. Safety is always a concern.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and honest with your officers. Do not show favoritism, as this affects your officers' work ethic and motivation. Be more involved with your officers on pods and etc, whether they like it or not. It shows you are interested in them and doing the right thing by being involved in completing tasks.


  7. "Department Head"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All said and done; we are a family. In the jail and prison environment, you may very well depend upon one another for survival. The system is open 24/7 and employees must be there no matter what the day or time of the week or occasion.

    Cons

    Officers work in the hot Texas heat. Officers must be at work on time. All employees must always be on their toes for offender manipulation and always play the "what if" game.

    Advice to Management

    You are experienced and know what you are doing or you wouldn't be where you are. Don't forget where you came from up the ranks. Continue to be firm, fair, and consistent and always do the right thing.

  8. "Life with TDC"

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    Current Employee - Clerk III in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk III in Huntsville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    8-5 paid sick and holidays

    Cons

    none really, eveything seems good

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for everything


  9. "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Amarillo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job, training was fun

    Cons

    Not worth the risk for the crappy pay

    Advice to Management

    pay more/fix equipment/pay every 2 weeks instead of monthly


  10. "Clerk II"

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    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Health Insurance. 401K and retirement

    Cons

    Can be difficult to handle at times.


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