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Texas Department of Criminal Justice CEO Bryan Collier
Bryan Collier
71 Ratings
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  • "Low pay and there is hardly room for use of discretion(in 19 reviews)

  • "Long hours,hard working opeople(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Work at TDCJ"

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

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 2 years

    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. "Good"

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      Former Employee - Parole Officer 

      I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

      Pros

      Good hours and time off

      Cons

      Caseload under paid and overworked

      Advice to Management

      More money

    • "Correctional officer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Pros

      Good benefit and commitment

      Cons

      None at the moment

    • "Amazing Department and Good Benefits"

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      Former Employee - Sergeant 
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Benefits and Team and 4 on and 4 off

      Cons

      Pay, Promotion takes forever and long hours

    • Helpful (1)

      "Time to Grow"

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      Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Dayton, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Great benefits package, a chance to work with a diverse group of people.

      Cons

      Hard to find a good work life balance, only pays once a month, conflict with supervisors who don't know how to treat their subordinates.

      Advice to Management

      When you implement something make sure there is some type of checks and balancing system put in place as well. Also go through systems that are already in place, some are redundant and others are obsolete.

    • Helpful (3)

      "The Honest Truth"

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      Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Rusk, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Steady pay and Benefits. Opportunity for a lot of overtime if you need it.

      Cons

      Mandatory overtime which requires 16 hour days. Inmates allowed to do as they please. The academy is a joke and if you are there on the last day you pass. If you have prior experience in the criminal justice system you will be shocked at the quality of equipment, uniform, and most co-workers. The supervision in my case was good with the usual few who made a bad situation worse. The inmates are going to be inmates its...

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      Advice to Management

      The system is broke. Nothing can change until Huntsville leads the way so do the right thing for the officers when you can. The department has set them up to fail they don't need more micromanagers at the unit level that add more missary to their day.

    • "Fulltime correctional officer"

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      Current Employee - Correctional Officer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Benefits, great staff, you'll definitely have a good support system.

      Cons

      Very political, mentally exhausting at times.

    • "Work Schedule and Benefits are good."

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      Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Gatesville, TX
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      work schedule.... days off you can use is ample while still getting paid.

      Cons

      sometimes mandatory overtime. some units have no air conditioning.

    • "This a great career path for both high school graduate and advanced graduate"

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      Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Iowa Park, TX
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      State job with great benefits.

      Cons

      You should be a highly tolerant person to work here.

      Advice to Management

      Attention should be paid to isolated units to particularly check on favoritism or how employees get promoted into positions.

    • "It's a job"

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      Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Huntsville, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Texas Department of Criminal Justice part-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      you get paid every month

      Cons

      some supervisors care some don't. Definitely depends on the unit you go to.

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