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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and time off - so much time off (in 39 reviews)

  • Good benefits plenty of leave, but it is sometiimes difficult to take the leave (in 36 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. "Good way to build experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, especially right out of school. Gives you a good foundation to build a steady career.

    Cons

    Not many, but the hours can get tiring.


  2. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good job for students who needs extra money

    Cons

    Not enough staffing to go around

  3. "Correctional Officer 4"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything besides some ranks that were picking on few officers.

    Cons

    If you were new, they would treat you like a new boot and didn't care if you learned anything or not.

    Advice to Management

    Stay to your yourself


  4. "Clerk II - Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work
    Great benefits including health insurance paid by the agency, 401K, retirement, vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Poor management
    Little to no opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Schedule less meetings and allow employees to meet deadlines


  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. "Wouldnt recommend to anyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is okay if you stick with it
    The benefits are decent

    Cons

    The hours are long
    Stressful days
    Your supervisors will listen to offenders and take their word
    They dont always hire capable co-workers that you have to work with

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to inmates and start listening to your employees. Snitches and anonymous notes are not valid information sources.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "It has Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to learn more than expected, regardless of your position. It is rather easy to climb the latter if you’re willing to wait it out. Having a sense of comradery in the office really boost morale and we seem to be able to accomplish this with small office gatherings during the festive season.

    Cons

    Understaffed and overworked. Management and HR do not follow policy but expect you to. There are rules that are not written in policy that you can be reprimanded for, for not following them. Aside from a pat on the back there is no compensation for doing triple the workload. These are my four biggest cons and I can’t express just how over worked everyone within TDCJ is at the moment. Due to a state hiring freeze one could understand but this has been a problem before the freeze occurred.

    Advice to Management

    See things from others perspective, even if you don’t agree with an employee have the courtesy to allow them to get everything out and then proceed to correct or give your statement. Please don’t shout over them. Stop public shaming/belittling, we work in an office with a multitude of spaces to speak privately in. Like wise do not allow employees to belittle each other and verbally abuse one another. Do not ask personal questions or verbally assault employees, especially not in front of all the staff. Stop passing blame, own up to your mistakes. There is no shame in admitting you have made a mistake or error, lead by example and learn from the mistake so we can be inspired. And for HR, your friendship with management leads to the average employee being terrified to tell you anything. Especially when management states that you just texted them about a complaint that an employee made. HR is here for more than just asking questions about health care.


  10. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    4 days off is kinda cool

    Cons

    Stressful, irritating, unstable, boring, dangerous


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