NSW Department of Communities and Justice
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If you’re after work life balance and a positive environment look elsewhere. A lot of long standing staff that drive bad culture and it turns good workers away
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Great Supportive Workplace with Positive Workplace Culture & Team

Victims Services is a great place to work at. - A great positive workplace culture, a great team & supportive management. Great work & life balance, only thing is no job security long-term is offered.
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better places to work.

The hardest part is not the inmates its the officers. Anyone that works there for more than 10 years are mad and have massive mental issues. The officers all turn on each other to get promoted, Terrible team environment.

Pros

full time employment

Cons

work with horrible people who have no friends and all mix together
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Great variety of work and lovely culture

The Department of Communities and Justice has a positive culture where team members constantly help each other out and support each other. The variety of work is challenging and stimulating. There is never a dull moment.
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Learning opportunities for the determined, nepotism rampant

Lots of opportunities if you would like to go up against the children and relatives of Judicial Officers and Managers. The Department uses a lot of outdated technology that often fails. They have only recently moved to Windows 10. IT problems can go unresolved indefinitely unless you chase them down constantly, which isn’t always possible as it is a fast paced work environment.

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Learning opportunities, fast paced environment, different tasks every day and lots of variety in roles.

Cons

Nepotism, outdated technology
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Great place to work

The New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice is a great place to work. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow within the government while providing service to others.
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Typical Government Department

Good place to work. Management leaves a bit to be desired. Promotions are often not based on merit. Too many temp contracts and not enough ongoing/permanent recruitment these days.

Pros

Job Security

Cons

Management
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Slow-paced work environment

The work environment is slow pace, some people are capable but training and development are not really supported. Good pay for the role and responsibilities you do. Good work life balance, can be frustrating working with the people are most are laid back.

Pros

Good pay, work life balance

Cons

Slow pace can be frustrating
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DCJ is a good place to work, can be full of red tape but people are committed

Good place to work and people are great. Standard slow government processes. Managers and executives are supportive but over worked. Progression can be hard.7

Pros

Flexible working

Cons

Red tape
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Only care about stats and not vulnerable people we serve.

- Only care about statistics. There is no heart, especially when serving vulnerable members of the community.- great work/life balance and great pay.- Stressful and can be heart breaking.- No management support.

Pros

Pay Flex days

Cons

Understaffed Poor management
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awesome people to work with but not for the faint hearted

its an awesome place to work.good experience toonot for the faint hearted as the young persons are not look over, you have to be ready to engage and support them to be better and also have a very big heart of empathy.therapeutic support care for the kids is very important and you must be alart to engage and contribute to help them become better people out there.overall i love the place and i am still working there.

Pros

great place to work and great fellow workers

Cons

too much overtime haha
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Stressful but rewarding workplace with no where to hide

Working in the Child Protection field requires commitment and focus. Working with families is the easy part - bureaucracy at it's finest, lots of paperwork. Opportunity to work creatively to provide good outcomes for children/ young people and families, if you have a forward thinking manager. Great comaraderie and support amongst colleagues. There is a high expectation that you will perform to the optimal of your ability - there is no where to bluff or hide!.

Pros

Good wages, passionate & qualified colleagues, maternity leave, opportunity to progress

Cons

High stress, working within a bureaucracy in a field that is damned if you do, damned if you don't
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Good Place to work

Great colleagues. Main direction from management was not clear. A bit vague. Otherwise a great place. Would recommend for people to work in - but it being my first Job ever at Govt. it was a cultural experience for me - as I have all throughout worked in Private organisations.

Pros

Good Working hours. Good Life Balance.

Cons

Clarity of Direction Vague
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CFO a tyrant

I left because the CFO placed an unqualified stooge in the Chief Procurement Officers role over the incumbent qualified candidate. Who then in turn placed his friends also unqualified into strategic procurement roles. Corrupt. Unethical

Pros

State Government pay rates are generous

Cons

Malfeasance and corrupt conduct. Nepotism
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High performing individuals, eager to succeed

I worked with high performing individuals who were eager to succeed. A collaborative work environment with tight turnarounds and high volumes of work.
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Workplace could be improved to be more satisfying for staff who work in at times a very difficult environment.

Challenging workplace, shift work can take it's toll on families and partners, limited opportunity for promotion as plenty of staff competing for limited roles. During my career many good staff left and took other careers due to frustration with indecision's from some levels of management and the reluctance of management to balance the needs of staff to perform their roles.
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Culture Varies from One Area to Another

Culture at Department of Justice varies, depending on the area. In one area, people seem happy and work collaboratively. In another, people are stressed, some feel bullied and find it hard to get holidays approved. I like being able to attend non-work related activities. I wish there is more focus on people welfare & upskilling, and really getting things right to protect & properly manage government funds.
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Stressful place to work.

Work is repetitive and ad hoc. Not streamlined. Management is biased and indirect discrimination. Not much training offered. Overall employee relations not good.

Pros

Good location, flexible working hours

Cons

work culture.
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Colleagues were collaborative and helpful

The project management team were peer experienced and well suited for a fast paced program of construction, the team shared experiences with problem solving on similar issues. Most projects were similar in complexity and the procurement strategies were similar therefore there was a common theme throughout the program
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Support from Management Lacking

As with most Government departments in my experience, you will find that management does not support career advancement at all. You must make your career your own, and if you ever want to progress in your career in Department of Justice, you will have to end some friendships and even step over your own manager to get there.
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Productivity based on a not modern and evidence based management styele

Managers run on an old school management style. I have learned a lot about priority and outcomes based contracting. Based on an strategic vision I have developed policy and commissioning development. Colleagues were nice and approachable
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Based on 66 reviews

Ratings by category

3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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