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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated April 22, 2018
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Bryan Collier
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Pros
  • Job Security and good benefits especially for retirement (in 45 reviews)

  • Great teamwork with great benefits (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and there is hardly room for use of discretion (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours,hard working opeople (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "INVESTIGATOR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Department of Criminal Justice full-time

    Pros

    Tdcj has great medical benifits

    Cons

    the salary could be more for the work that is expected

    Advice to Management

    good pay will attract quality people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "plenty of career opportunity to move up ranking ladder if you want to."

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    Current Employee - CO V in Gatesville, TX
    Current Employee - CO V in Gatesville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    no job lay offs steady work and you never work the same officers for long period of time.

    Cons

    we do get raises but our insurance goes up so we really don't get a raise just p[laced in a higher tax bracket.

    Advice to Management

    T o sop giving the offenders what they want to prevent any feelings from getting hurt and start taking things away from them and for our sorry officers that don't care about others than the good ole dollar should be prosecuted like the scum they are for bringing all the contraband in to our facilities to the full extent of the law possible.

  3. "Good place for getting a career start for IT"

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    Current Employee - Java Programmer in Huntsville, TX
    Current Employee - Java Programmer in Huntsville, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low requirements for applicants. Easy to hold position. Good vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Very slow work pace. Lots of paperwork and meetings required to get anything done. Technology used is very outdated. Employees quit regularly causing new people to relearn projects. Facilities are very old and have not been updated requiring monthly breakdowns of bathrooms, air conditioning, and other utilities.

    Advice to Management

    Look at other IT companies and compete with current times.


  4. "CO 4"

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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

    Nice and great experience and professional.

    Cons

    Less time for family sometimes


  5. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got this job when I was 19. Great for someone lacking experience and education.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competive enough for persons with degrees.


  6. "Great place to work if you want to make a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus is on public safety and assisting victims of crime; staff are committed to making a difference; benefits (health insurance, retirement, etc.) are great, especially during this time of uncertainty.

    Cons

    It is a large bureaucracy so change doesn't happen quickly. Pay raises must be funded by legislature, so don't expect a standard of living pay increase every year ( or even every two years).

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the needs of non-correctional staff who provide essential support and services to correctional staff.


  7. "Rational officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Schedule is GREAT work four days off four day. I enjoy working there 85% of the time
     Health insurance is included
    Advancement is obtainable

    Cons

    Pay should be increased 20%. With that you would have a more professional serious minded long term correctional officer
    Cliques and favoritism bring down morale

    Advice to Management

    Rotation of staff to all positions including the favorites would create a well-trained organization
     And stop allowing certain individuals (favorites) to pick and choose where they want to work and who they want to work with while others are placed and less desirable locations

  8. "District Parole Officer II"

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    Current Employee - District Parole Officer II
    Current Employee - District Parole Officer II
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule. A few co-workers that have some work ethic, not many though. A handful of "clients" that do well and being able to cheer them on during their journey. We used to have good health insurance but not anymore.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by some supervisors and horrible management oversight on others. High caseloads, truly not enough time to do everything expected. Lack of planning by upper management becomes an emergency to the parole officer. Cleaning up cases from other officer's that do not complete their work and management overlooks it. We were supposedly going paperless as an agency but now we have tons more paperwork along with too much computer work. Dealing with managers and co-workers falsifying documents but fear of reporting due to retaliation. Lack of organization runs rampant in the agency. Then the change of insurance to HMO that hardly anyone takes.

    Advice to Management

    If you are supervising an officer over a particular caseload you should know the basics of that caseload. Spend more time working and less time socializing. Quit delegating managerial duties to subordinates. Set the example you want to see in your subordinates. Be professional!


  9. "Correction Officer 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security and good benefits especially for retirement

    Cons

    Spend time with professional criminals


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CORRECTIONAL OFFICE"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work but other officers are super evil

    Cons

    would not recommend this job to a novice ..officers over there are the meanisest people

    Advice to Management

    Normal 8 hour shift will be great rather than 12 hrs when you leave that place you will be tired of drama


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