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Review averages

  • 20 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    15%
    Good (7)
    35%
    Satisfactory (6)
    30%
    Subpar (4)
    20%
    2.94
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Colorado Department of Corrections

Reviews - What employees say

2.94 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 19.Jan 2019
  • Employee

Company Culture

Toxic environment because of extremely poor executive leadership.

Support from management

Toxic environment because of extremely poor executive leadership.

Freedom to work independently

Only minimaly.

Internal Communication

They don't communicate unless it's negative.

Work-Life Balance

Force overtime at least once per month.

Job Security

As long as you don't speak out against one of the executive team members.

Workplace Safety

Executive team has made decisions that have made for very dangerous working conditions.

Challenging Work

Dealing with offenders is difficult but they are easy compared to management.

Suggestions for improvement

  • There is a new governor in Colorado and it is time he appoints new leadership that actually cares about staff and not furthering there own personal career or aggenda.

What I like about the company

Prior to current management it was a great place to work. But current management is belittling and horrendous to deal with.

What I dislike about the company

The way executive staff and senior Management speak to staff about common easily resolved issues. They believe high turn over is related to money but it is more related to there poor management and way they treat staff.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Colorado Department of Corrections
  • City
    Colorado Springs
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Listen to employees regarding the needs. Treat employees fairly. Understand that the work is becoming more dangerous and we need more support

What I like about the company

The state benefits are not horrible.

What I dislike about the company

The management team does not support female employees. They are not concerned with officer safety. The job used to be a great job when the management team was supportive but that is no longer the case. Employees are resentful and it is a hostile work environment

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Colorado Department of Corrections
  • City
    Canon City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Pet friendly/Pets allowed is offered
  • 10.Oct 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The corrections officers who have been employed for a few years, have their own way of doing things and expect the newbies to fall in-line. They will harass you if they see that you are trying to help out the inmates with issues such as medical needs, changes in cell-houses, or getting a kite to their case manager. It's as if the good ole' boys don't like change and that their badges give them the authority to manage other employees, as well as the inmates themselves.

Support from management

This depends on who you bring your concerns to.

Teamwork

The only teamwork you can expect is from other newbies and the supervisors who don't power trip over wearing a badge.

Freedom to work independently

If you show initiative and are able to introduce a new idea that will make the lives of the corrections officers safer, there is room for working independently. You will, however, need to have the capacity and confidence to make snap decisions when you are the only person guarding 80 or so inmates, by yourself.

Internal Communication

There seems to be a break in the line of communication when trying to reach a supervisor at the top of the food chain such as one of the Majors. Be prepared to have your concerns put in the circular file.

Gender Equality

If you are a female, you will be challenged, judged, and challenged again. Some of the male officers will make you feel as if you belong in a skirt, working in an office and not immesersed in the corrections culture.

Attitude towards older colleagues

There does seem to be a respect for older colleagues who have been corrections officers for years or those who come on board that are self-assured, speak with wisdom, and demonstrates grown-up behavior not seen in younger corrections officers.

Career Development

You can move up in ranks if you show that you want to stay onboard long term and if youy pass the required exams.

Overall compensation for your work

Good wages for entery level and for those who lack a college degree.

Office / Work Environment

This varies from correctional facility to facility and it also depends where a correction officer is posted. For instance, housing veersus the food services.

Environmental Friendliness

The inmates can be much more down to earth and friendly than some of the corrections officers.

Work-Life Balance

It's not so bad as long as you are on a set schedule, are not in a facility lockdown close to your clocking out, and are not on a hospital transport where there is no other corrections officer to relieve you of guard duty.

Job Security

As long as you do your job and follow the ruklesyou'll have a job.

Workplace Safety

Safty of correctional staff and inmates is priority #1.

Challenging Work

Each day is different and if you are involved in an altercation with an inmate, you'll not take your position as a guard for granted. The good thing is that the other officers will always jump in to save your life - always!

Inclusive / Diverse

The diversity of corrections officers runs rthe entore spectrum of nationalities, sexual preferences, and genders.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Have the newbies shadow several experienced correctional officers so that they can experience the different posts and to learn the ropes that were not taught at the academy. If a corrections officer is asked to testify against an inmate, especilly an inmate from the STG, tranfe the inmate to amnother facility to keep that offivcer out of harms way.

What I like about the company

The immediate supervisors who aren't on poer trips.

What I dislike about the company

The fact that many longterm corrections officers turn a blind eye to inmate abuse by other inmates and other corrections officers.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Colorado Department of Corrections
  • City
    Canon City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered

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Review averages

  • 20 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    15%
    Good (7)
    35%
    Satisfactory (6)
    30%
    Subpar (4)
    20%
    2.94
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

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Colorado Department of Corrections
2.94
20 reviews

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