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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "Government job with good benefits" (in 51 reviews)

  • "Good training program with great benefits" (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • "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 (4)

    "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. "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
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Iowa Park, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

  3. "Captain of correctional officers Amarillo"

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    Former Employee - Captain in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Captain in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, retirement plan, job security, coworkers

    Cons

    Inmates, always short handed, mandatory ot, dangerous

    Advice to Management

    Support employees


  4. "It's a great employer."

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in Huntsville, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in Huntsville, TX

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

    Pros

    The benefits are plenty. Your schedule can be four days on and four days off.

    Cons

    The environment is very high stress.


  5. "Very stressful job but it pays good and has good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Huntsville, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits are great

    Cons

    Stress Level is ver high

    Advice to Management

    Know your job


  6. "Good job, bad structure"

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

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

    Pros

    Double the amount of overtime hours. Easy inmate management as long as you're respectful, responsible and not gullible.

    Cons

    Coworkers. Supervisors push to make OT mandatory weekly & it's an issue if u cant stay.


  7. "Parole officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    Helping people change their lives.

    Cons

    Management is terrible and treat the employees as if they did a crime.

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team with staff!

  8. "They’re unfair with the rank and the officers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health insurance is great because it’s paid for

    Cons

    There was. I thing good other than the pay

    Advice to Management

    Pick better supervisors


  9. "Not enough strong upper management"

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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

    Pay, and medical is payed for

    Cons

    Upper administration such as majors, and wardens dont have your back.


  10. "Maintaining order in a prison"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You only work half the year

    Cons

    A lot of standing on concrete