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Virginia Department of Corrections Reviews

Updated December 18, 2016
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Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold W. Clarke
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  1. "Corrections"

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    Former Employee - Urban Organizational Specialist in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Urban Organizational Specialist in Chesterfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable positions are stable you are able to move up decent shifts to work as well. likable staff and supervisors as well.

    Cons

    Not current with salaries behind other states with same positions. There needs to be an increase in salaries to become current with the national average.


  2. "Corrections"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Captain in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Corrections Captain in Chesapeake, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security after probationary period is pretty secure. This can be a "pro", but it can also be a "con," because sometimes even bad employees can't be fired. I have seen employees get rightly terminated for incidents, but fight it through the Employee Grievance Procedure and manage to retain employment.

    Cons

    The salary of a Corrections Officer is insufficient for a middle-income lifestyle. The favoritism and preferential treatment by managers toward certain employees exceeds the boundaries of commonplace. Post and shift assignments are regularly used to move those who voice their disagreements out of the way. Seniority is only considered when the situation pleases management to use it. The agency mandates all institutions to work with a lack of security staff. Some institutions have experiences as much as 30% of security positions being vacant for thirty days or more. Evaluations are meaningless and have no bearing on salary. The favoritism, the irrelevant evaluations, the in-house politics by management, and the critically under-staffed environment are directly responsible for the high turnover rate of security staff.

    Advice to Management

    Fill all vacancies as soon as possible. Upgrade the standards for hiring. Implement policy to require annual drug screening for ALL employees.


  3. "Don't work there"

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    Former Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Chesterfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are not any pros

    Cons

    Micromanagers, they reward their friends, they will use you to gain your knowledge, they treat their staff like they are inmates. Salary is horrible


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  5. "Correctional Officer"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Waverly, VA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Waverly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EXCELLENT schedule - We work 15 days a month on a rotating schedule which equates to about 6 months per year.

    BENEFITS - Excellent health insurance

    Cons

    PAY - SUCKS, especially if you have a degree.

    STAFF - The staff will give you more trouble than the inmates. You will have the majority of your issues come from the senior correctional officers who have been in the same position for 13 years, with no advancement.

    Advice to Management

    PAY the employees much more!


  6. "salaries are terrible but work life is well managed"

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    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer
    Current Employee - Probation and Parole Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, Benefits are very good as well

    Cons

    Pay is very low.


  7. "Correctional Sergeant"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Staunton, VA
    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Staunton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very secure work, didn't have to worry about getting laid off because someone was coming through intake every single day.

    Cons

    Extremely dangerous, stressful work that did not pay nearly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more officers. Sometime pods had 150 inmates and 1 officer on the floor.


  8. "Correction officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of overtime offered

    Cons

    Mandated overtime on your days off


  9. "Assistant Warden"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Warden in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Warden in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Department of Corrections (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security, decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Little appreciation is shown for effort.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting based on sucking up.


  10. "Background Investigations Unit"

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    Former Employee - Background Investigator in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Background Investigator in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for part time employment in a fast paced working environment. Interesting work cases and access to databases.

    Cons

    The lack of full time positions within the background unit was a hindrance to employee motivation, creating a high turn over rate for employees and effecting morale.

    Advice to Management

    Better structure of management and more open communication with employees would be very helpful. Invest more in the employees that are there and advocate for more proper working spaces and materials.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Under Paid, Under appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Steady Job, decent insurance and time off.

    Cons

    Supervisors, Pay, even though you have allot of leave, it's very hard to get a day off as an officer



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