California Department of Justice

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California Department of Justice Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Good hours and intelligent colleagues, outdated infrastructure

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    Former Intern - Law Student
    Former Intern - Law Student

    I worked at California Department of Justice as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent compensation outside of the major cities, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Difficult application process to gain a job. The bureaucracy can be your best or worst friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to know if candidates are correctly applying to jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Steady

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    Current Employee - Criminal Identification Specialist II in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Criminal Identification Specialist II in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Justice full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is ok and the people are ok; I appreciate the fact that I have a job.

    Cons

    It's hard sometimes working for someone that you are more experienced and more educated than. I am originally a private industry and self employed worker, so working for the state for the last 6 years has been an adjustment. Would I work back in private industry or take the chance of being self employed again "YES". There is not a lot of upward mobility; I had to leave DOJ and go outside this agency t o promote and then come back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    I worked as a student assistant for the CA Attorney General's Office at the Department of Justice from 2006-2009.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Department of Justice full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Even if you are not a law student, it is a great way to earn money and work experience while attending school. It's a great insight on how a segment of the government works. Even though you are at the bottom of the employment pole, you still feel like you are part of the team and not forgotten or disregarded.

    Cons

    No health benefits which could be a problem if you break your back lifting boxes of cases but that will usually never happen. You are usually not cleared for security so you have to go through them everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more employment tests to the LA office and other parts of California. It should not be limited to Sacramento. Increase the budget to allow for more assistants so the secretaries are not overburdened with work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Justice full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability and sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, subject to legislative decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    tons of experience

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    Current Employee - Deputy Attorney General in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Deputy Attorney General in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Justice full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience and begin a career

    Cons

    Low Pay for the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    assign cases

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Working in the files area at Immigration and Naturalization Service

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    Former Employee - Office Automation Assistant in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Office Automation Assistant in Fresno, CA

    I worked at California Department of Justice full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a level of security with federal job. you are vested in a 3 yr period whichis pretty short!

    Cons

    Being a Federal entity there are budget constraints that make it hard to get the job done sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the atmosphere little more laid back and the employees will feel somewhat more comfortable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Justice

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Occasional micromanagement . Work can be tedious at times depending on the department.

    Recommends
  9.  

    People are welcoming and willing to guide you though, but emotionally draining depending on which department.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Justice

    Pros

    Good pay, and wonderful staff, everyone was willing to work with you and support eachother, even in the most stressful of times.

    Cons

    In the Child Protection Department, it was very emotionally draining, which led to my retiring. I simply couldn't deal with the vast amounts of depressing cases and backlog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to get everything digitized, and work with the police offices to allow digital feedback, instead of having to hand write 1000's of papers.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Assistant at DOJ in San Francisco

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California Department of Justice

    Pros

    Great learning ability for a college student. It landed me a job at a legal startup in the Silicon Valley directly after graduation.

    Cons

    Job got really repetitive after a while but I don't know what more you can expect as a student intern. Pay was terrible, but I wasn't really looking for that either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wished there was a little more responsibility and ability to learn some of the more complex systems given to me while I was there.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good Experience Overall

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Justice

    Pros

    -Fun coworkers
    -Collaborative work environment
    -Friendly attorneys and IT staff

    Cons

    -Tedious work
    -Lack of organization
    -Little room for advancement

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