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Texas Juvenile Justice Department Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1. "Just okay"

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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 Juvenile Justice Department full-time

    Pros

    Lots of holidays
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    State job
    Low pay
    Lack of talent

    Advice to Management

    Better pay for better talent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "meh at best"

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

    I have been working at Texas Juvenile Justice Department full-time

    Pros

    good pay.. thats about it

    Cons

    terrible schedule, bad management, high turnover, nobody cares about the staff

  3. "Stsy away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Juvenile Justice Department full-time

    Pros

    The students are great.

    Cons

    This is the most racist place I have ever seen. It is full of hateful and negative teachers and administrators , which they likely keep around. Most if them call the kids trash and have no real desire to help them. Your treatment is based on how well you suck up or sleep around.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Real Estate in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Real Estate in Sherman, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding to teach struggling students while learning about diverse culture and subculture life within the juvenile prison system.

    Cons

    Dangerous environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    A higher level of training,not just the physical type but also classroom training, is needed. Better training means more stability with less staff turnover.


  5. "Slow to implement necessary changes"

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in Midlothian, TX
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Midlothian, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some very competent, professionals and good team dynamics within some departments. Most staff are friendly and many are focused on the mission of helping youth.

    Cons

    As with any agency, services are only as good as the people providing them. Burnout is all too common and the agency as a whole continues to suffer from years of poor leadership in the past, as well as ongoing problems with employees from that era that struggle to adapt to changes in the model.
    Expectations are high and those that genuinely care for the youth can find themselves doing the work of two or three. Separating individuals that hamper the mission can seem impossible at times and can lead to the departure of capable staff that have other options.


  6. "Willing to do anything"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer V in Mart, TX
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer V in Mart, TX

    I worked at Texas Juvenile Justice Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am a hard worker always on time will work long hours

    Cons

    I am going to do the best I can because I take pride in my work


  7. "Management does not listen to input from staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Juvenile Justice Department full-time

    Pros

    fellow employees care about quality of work, good benefits

    Cons

    Your actual job may not end up being what you were told it would be. Management asks for input, but then does nothing about it. As some people have worked together for a long time, they are clique-ish.

    Advice to Management

    Train staff, implement suggestions from surveys, give raises to line staff, not management and directors. CEO is no longer Mike Griffiths.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "RAMPANT NEPOTISM"

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    Former Employee - Juvenile Corrections Officer III in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Juvenile Corrections Officer III in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Juvenile Justice Department (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Paid initial training.

    Cons

    Forced Overtime, race based nepotism, and very dangerous environment with little to no troop support.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with staff protection. There is a definite shift of detainee attitude when Supervisory personnel are present vice dorm staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - JCO IV in Mart, TX
    Current Employee - JCO IV in Mart, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Health insurance. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Excessive overtime. unpredictable schedule

    Advice to Management

    Think of the JCO


  10. Helpful (1)

    "jco"

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    Former Employee - JCO IV in Gainesville, TX
    Former Employee - JCO IV in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is higher than most companies for this type of job. Paid health insurance for employee only. Easy to get a position always highering. Good retirement

    Cons

    Unsafe work environment. Management is clueless and uncaring. Employees are treated as pawns to be used for coverage. Poor attendance by coworkers is not addressed and employees often have to work 12 hour to 16 hour shifts as you cant leave unless management can find a replacement for you at the end of your shift. Mandatory contribution to retirement is high typically over 250 a month.


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