Attorney General of Washington State Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
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  1. Great Place to work . . . If you dont mind being underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Open to flexible schedule
    Great atmosphere
    Wonderful people to work with
    Work week stays around 40 hours (give or take)
    Great support.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive
    Dealing with public records
    Client control can be difficult
    Anti-government stance from public

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on increasing pay and relax a little on the dress code. People do act more professional because they are dressed up and it makes relating to the client more difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Working here is like doing a color by numbers picture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State

    Pros

    Work hours are extremely reasonable and "family-friendly." In at 8, clock out at 5 on the dot. If you're an attorney there, it's a huge plus to be free of the billable hours death crush, however work pressure varies greatly depending on which division you're in. Also, you can have a stand-up desk if you want one...

    Cons

    It feels so formulaic working there (hence the title of this review). You clock in, do a reasonable amount of work, but rarely work yourself to death because it's state government, not private business, and then clock out and do it all over again the next day. I know that could describe any job, but that's really what it feels like there. It feels about ten years behind any other workplace I've ever been in regards to the people, technology and "in-touchness" of the entire AG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize your workplace. Stop keeping everyone in little cubby holes. Make it more collaborative and open like more modern workplaces.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. A great job out of law school

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    Current Employee - AAG in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - AAG in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work in virtually any type of law practice - litigation, health care, finance, consumer protection, criminal, labor/employment, torts, client advice, appeals, etc. Work regular hours and see your family on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive; after 3-10 years many AAGs leave the office for better paying opportunities - in the public or private sector. Especially true for Seattle AAGs, where the cost of living is substantially higher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Learned Alot....But...job situation never developed

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    Former Intern - Consumer Complaint Mediator in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Consumer Complaint Mediator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Learned alot about various consumer scams...enjoyed educating consumers as to how to avoid them. Would love to continue with this position as a paid employee, but this did not come about because hiring is so limited due to budgetary considerations.

    Cons

    Could not get beyond paid internship status

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to asses interns as though they are employees then hire them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great Place to Really Practice Law

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    Current Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with really great people. High level of responsibility. Depending on Division, a high degree of independence.

    Cons

    Compensation. City of Olympia. Micro-management in some divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more value on law practice and less on management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. Great Mission - Overall Good Colleagues - Some Staff Problems

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, good benefits, and some divisions have more interesting work than others.

    Cons

    Layers of bureaucracy, poor staff supervision, staff issues regarding entrenched employees that have been there for years and couldn't get jobs in private sector and are poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the employees who are milking the system. That will improve moral and efficiencies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. The AGO is an awesome place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was proud to be associated with such a dynamic group of people, who were so dedicated to their jobs.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility in schedule and time-off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep lower level staff in the loop of change in procedures and policies, sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Attorney orientated agency, all others are lower class

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits for all members of the organization

    Cons

    Attorney orientated, all others are lower class

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all members equal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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