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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated November 9, 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 51 reviews)

  • "Good training program with great benefits" (in 43 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 (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. "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!

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Training Specialist III"

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment, Positive encouragement, Support

    Cons

    Pay scale could be better


  7. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Ramsey, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regular salary, job guarantee, fantastic benefits

    Cons

    Stressful environment, having to work odd hours

    Advice to Management

    Be fairer on your roster

  8. "An awesome place to work"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent pay

    Cons

    Everyone is always trying to pass the buck

    Advice to Management

    They need to appreciate they staff


  9. "Dull, monotonous work. Dangerous and understaffed units."

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    Former Employee - Correnctional Officer in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Correnctional Officer in Abilene, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minimum job requirements for a decent paying job.
    State insurance for health, dental, and eyes.
    8 day work cycles, with 4 days working and 4 off.

    Cons

    High pressure environment dealing with unruly inmates.
    Units are always very short handed, causing safety regulations for employees to never be followed. Supervisors still expect duties to be performed even if it puts you at great risk due to this.
    Shortages also cause supervisors to pressure employees to work additional shifts for overtime. Either an extra 4 hours at the end of their 48 work week, being a 16 hour last day, or additional 12 hour days during your four days off.
    Our unit was so short handed they constantly threatened overtime to be mandatory for employees if no one stepped up and volunteered.
    Four 12 1/2 hour work days, 6am-6pm or 6pm-6am, Do not expect to be able to spend any time with family on your work days. You're likely to get 4-6 hours of sleep every night at maximum.
    You will spend at least 8 hours straight of your day constantly climbing up and down stairs in a swelteringly hot environment. Most units aren't air conditioned, and some areas you have to keep a thrust vest on, even if its 110 degrees inside - I wish this was a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Restricting activities during employee shortages would go a long way to relieving problems. If something were to happen to your officers, barely anyone is ever able to respond to emergencies. Especially considering many have to perform dangerous acts to get anything done with not enough staffing to do them.


  10. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Gatesville, TX
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Gatesville, 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 benefits and programs designed to help with an employee’s quality of life.

    Cons

    Shortage of staff and a high turnover rate.


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