Thursday, October 13, 2011

How would you rate the current TDCJ promotional system ?

By Backgate Staff,

It's always been a hot topic, and now here's your chance to sound off. How do you rate the promotional system now in place for the agency ? Is it fair ? Are there enough qualified applicants to fill the positions? Why would you promote or choose not to promote ? How do you view your current administration ? Our Backgate site poll reflected that most people now employed with TDCJ would not ever consider promoting within the agency. Others were still unsure. Post your comments below, but post no specific names in your comments please. You may use unit names. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

32 comments:

  1. Headhunters at Powledge

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  2. Any company that has a large of turnover, and over 1,000 vacant positions has poor management.

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  3. There isn't any management at TDC. It's who you know and who your friends are that get you a management position. It's not just on the units, but in the different departments throughout the agency. Most of these people have no management skills what so ever. It's just a way to promote to a higher pay scale.

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  4. It is all about what connections you have when promoting. I have promoted 4 times now, and I'm not sure I like the system. I don't think it's right that in order to get a raise, you have to leave your current job and move to a new job, maybe even in a different environment. Why not promote the hard workers in their current job instead?

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  5. Lazy ppl go up for it usually to avoid working or the ones who have axes to grind so they want power. Most have little or no experience and its who you know not what you know. I have gone up for two boards and both times was told ,"Dont waste your time, ____has the job the board is a sham." And both times ______got it. Imagine that..

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  6. At Jester 1, you have to kiss alot of a-s to the Warden. Then you get away with murder. you have to be in his click of retards.

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    1. I know what you're saying is correct. A particular CO who became the ACA director at Michael Unit became close to the Warden and got away with indiscriminate strip and cavity searches without a male CO present. She knew she could get permission after the fact. She also had an affair with an OIG officer that wasn't investigated. Now she has been promoted to Sargent. Stand to reason, right?

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  7. Beto is great our supervisors don't even notice you unless you have breast.

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  8. I promoted, in a dept, because I felt the need. I do see the system as being unfair. After going throught the training I had to hold a board. The Warden wanted to know who I wanted before we even held the board. It wasn't right, and I didn't report it because I have a family to support. We ended up picking the best candidate based on experiance and education. Turns out this was a poor choice. A year later and I still have the employee who really needs to move on. The management training I have recieved is piss poor. The tools they offer me to use is piss poor. I realize we are supposed to hold people accountable but they don't allow us to. Overall the system is very broke.

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  9. The current promotion system is designed to promote who they have pre-selected outside the formal process. Why do they have questions with suggested responses, but then have no method to record the interview? They can write anything down as what was the response, but there is no way to prove that was really what was said. I have been in interviews when the response was no where near the suggested response, but the interviewer wrote down the write answer just so that person could be selected.

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  10. We want to hear what you have to say, but if you use names we will not allow your post to remain here. Be professional and address the issues.

    Thanks !

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  11. I think the current system is broke to the point of taking several years to fix starting with the Crimianl Justice Board. The system needs to implement a leadership training program. This agency is a hostile work enviroment by its very nature, And needs leaders not just more supervisors. The agency needs to make the career of Corrections one worth having, not just a job to have to pay the bills while not much else is hiring.....Operate the agency as a prison system not just a nursing home...

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  12. The whole interview process is like an inquistion. And of course usually they already know who they want for the posiion. Friends hire friends. Management training is really needed. The treatment of most employees is appalling.

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  13. It seems it is the same all over. I currently work at a police department and the promotion system is a joke because they have already selected their person before they even interview anyone. I was thinking about applying for sgt position within TDCJ but think maybe it's a waste of my time because it doesn't seem that the odds of them hiring an outsider, even with the required education and experience, is very good.

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  14. As a SGT I feel that it is fair. I studied hard for my board and got my position. However I feel that the salary upgrade from SGT to LT vs the amount of responsibility does not make "Going up" worth the money.

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    1. Im s Sgt in region 2 and I agree

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  15. It's a joke. I promoted once to Maintenance, and the day before the board the Maintenance Supervisor called me to his house to go over the questions that "might be similiar to the ones on the board". They were exact. What a farce!

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    1. Did you do the ethical thing & turn down the promotion? Oh, nevermind, you already answered that. What exactly was the "farce" in your situation? The fact you cheated or the fact you allowed it to happen?

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  16. I agree with alot of these response, who you know at the time, who own who a favorite, or some reasons for not getting the is because we needed male sgt./ or the major stated the Warden already had his on certain individual. Situational questions everyone might answer correctly but it who they like. These people who make decisions who to promoted sometimes do not consider some individual experience. I worked for TDCJ for 27 years and could never get promoted. You finally give up or if you do something about it you cause somebody bread and butter. God see what they do! It true nobody is there to witness what the interviewer write and HR is to scared to say something about it.

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  17. Before promoting, you first must learn to write in English, with the proper grammar applied.

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  18. The boards are held to stay within legal limits. We had a warden to come in turn out and tell us that anyone who wanted to go up for promotion was free to do so but in the end he would choose the person he wanted to fill the position. What really gripes me is when they put their home boy in the position to train several weeks before the board is held.

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  19. At Telford it is a joke. It depends on whither or not the majors and the warden like you. We have sergeants and lieutenants that have zero leadership ability. One lieutenant recently got caught bringing in tobacco and got away with because he is the warden's boy.

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  20. POWLEDGE HAS ALOT OF DIRTY OFFICERS AND ARE TOO COMPLACENT WITH THE OFFENDERS. HIGHTOWER ALSO HAS ALOT OF DIRTY RANK. HOW ARE YOU TO GO THROUGH YOUR CHAIN OF COMMAND WHEN YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE AS A CO LOOKING FOR ADVICE FROM YOUR SUPERVISORS? I HEARD ASS. WARDEN BENOIT WAS IN THE WHITE KNIGHTS BY ONE OF THE COS WAVING A GUN AROUND IN THE PARKING LOT WHILE OFF DUTY SAYING HOW FUNNY IT IS, AT WORK WARDEN BENOIT OUT RANKS HIM, BUT OFF DUTY HE OUT RANKS THE WARDEN. WTF? TDCJ DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!!!!!!!!!! THEY WILL HIRE ANYONE!!!!! I KNOW THIS. I WORKED FOR TDCJ AND SEEN WITH MY TWO EYES ALL THE BULLS*IT. I QUIT!!!

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  21. I know at the Tulia Unit you can not get promoted no matter how long you have been there or what kind of experience or education you have. I have tried to promoted to captain several times on this unit and have been turned down over someone from a bigger unit every time. I have been a Lt for several years and have a Bachelors degree. I am told that I am probably not ever going to promote because I am from a small unit and have no "big" unit experience. The last captain that was promoted here was well connected and knew the right people. I will not go into details but he is no longer on unit because he could not behave. I will no longer try to promote and will try to leave the security aspect of TDCJ. It is not what you know it is who you know. And I agree that all top administrators have no management skills whatsoever!! It is ridiculous.

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  22. I'll add my 2 cents worth. It is as everyone is saying you get promoted if you know the right person and if that person likes you. the warden came in to turn out and said you can go up for promotion if you want but I will promote the person I want. The people that get promoted at Gist Unit, most dont know jack about supervising and dont care to learn. Most dont even know how to write correct grammar or use it. In short ITS A JOKE!!!!!

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  23. You know Pinky's gotta look out for the folks.

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  24. I hate to say it, but it's true, it's who you know, I got told by my captain the reason a officer got promoted to SGT, was because if him and the LT, this new Sgt was kicked out of the navy for selling drugs, but the captain compared me to him, saying I was a sorry officer like him, before he took him under his wing., and then told me that he was gonna do what he had to do to get me fired, cause he didn't need sorry co's working under him. Reasons like this make me want to quit my job, at one point, I was proud to be a co! Now, I just want to get my check, and go home.

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  25. At Sanchez every single supervisor has no gag reflex...

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  26. As a supervisor with extensive leadership training in the Marine Corps, I worked hard and earned mine. I have been on 6 units and I am open to moving to get promoted. Hard work got me this, not blowing rank. J/s

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  27. I've been with tdcj for over 10 years & recently promoted to Sgt. I can honestly say @ my unit it is a fair & unbiased board(from past promotions & who's being promoted) I was quite impressed with the sgt's training course & it's curriculum. Core Values are being enforced along with embracing all officers on your shift(seasoned & new) I read many of these comments & I'm glad that some of you don't go up & others are not promoted. Things can only begin to get better when you as an individual decide to better yourself. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead but most of all I am looking forward to working "with" my shift. So I ask( the negative nancys) do you look forward? Or are you always looking backwards? Stay positive, stay honest and stay safe.

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