California Department of Justice

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California Department of Justice Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Great job security

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Justice full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Health Benefits Balance of Work/Life ratio Retirement Benefits Promotional Opportunities

    Cons

    Stagnant process. Working for the government, there are some days where you are not doing anything. Years of services holds more weight in decision making and promotions than your drive or ability to show leadership abilities.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management comes and goes, and new regimes will always want to instill their type of environment or system.


  3. Too many slackers here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Justice

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is always something for you to do. Managers don't micromanage you. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Some clerks taking advantage of the amount of freedom they have. Basically taking an hour to an hour and a half breaks each day, especially the younger ones. A lot of mindless work. It also seems like there is rarely any firing around here, but certain people need to be released from their jobs, because they are relaxing more than working. Funny thing is that the management knows it and still will not do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously, there are many areas in DOJ, but I am just talking about one area. Make sure the managers still supervise their seasonal clerks. It is not fair for some clerks to work hard at their job and pick up the other clerks' slack. Managers should also stop with the favoritism. If you are a manager, learn to be professional and act like one.


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  5. Dysfunctional workplace

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    Former Employee - Criminalist
    Former Employee - Criminalist

    I worked at California Department of Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing really, maybe the fact that there's no dress code?

    Cons

    Some of the worst policies ever. We had to fill out time sheets and keep track of what we do every hour of every day down to the nearest 15 minutes. For example, 8:00 to 12:15 - casework, 12:15 to 12:45 - lunch, 12:45 to 1:00 - admin, etc. We had to enter every case number for casework. The report writing is asinine. There's the results section and there's an examination, which is a more detailed version of the results section. It's like writing the report twice! I could go on but the whole system is broken. Californians, your tax dollars are being wasted on a completely inefficient and broken system.

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul of the management system is required


  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stability and sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, subject to legislative decisions.


  8. tons of experience

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to get experience and begin a career

    Cons

    Low Pay for the work

    Advice to Management

    assign cases


  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great opportunities for growth

    Cons

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


  11. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.



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