Circuit Court of Cook County

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Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Great work experience work for the criminal courts.

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    Current Employee - Staff Attorney
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment. Learning atmosphere is incredible especially for people seeking to be criminal attorneys. You will meet very prominent attorneys and judges on a daily basis in addition, you will see their skills firsthand

    Cons

    the position you are in is the position you will stay in unless you try to move to a different office or meet another attorney willing to hire you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Always interesting, sometimes impactful, but hard to accomplish anything.

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    Current Employee - Associate Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County

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

    Pros

    Lot of improvements work need to be completed within the Office, but it is a highly political environment. If you can navigate the political intrigue, and do not mind “pay to play”, one may learn a lot and accomplish a lot.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor staffing, poor plan implementation and poor plan follow through. Political support for the elected official was a prerequisite, which was a pity for the operation of the Office. We tended to hire the "un hirable" and hoped of the best.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on making to Office operate more efficiently. Spend less time on self-aggrandizement and unachievable political ambitions.

  3. Judicial Extern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good learning experience about litigation in the U.S.

    Cons

    Non paid position. Would have been better some amount was paid as internship stipend.

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  5. the perfect way to learn the court system

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County

    Pros

    great experience, especially for those straight out of law school

    Cons

    the county is very inefficient, system antiquated

  6. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours and benefits, pension

    Cons

    The income makes this not a career position

  7. For the most part it is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the fellow employees are great to work with but there also those who seem disgruntled or have their little cliques that can be difficult to work with. Depending on your position work can be tedious or it can be enjoyable. Training itself is very rare except for when you first begin working there, and that is only for a few weeks. Promotions can take a long time to achieve and even then you have to bid for them. You can be doing a better job overall according to your supervisors than somebody with more seniority, but if they bid on the same position then job seniority wins out over job performance. If you understand the fact that you are going to be dealing with the public ad that you should be treating them just as you would want to be treated then you will do very good.

    Cons

    Some Managers can be very difficult to work with and treat you as if you are nothing more than slave labor. Also there are some who always threaten you with disciplinary action for not following their orders, even if it has nothing to do with your job description (under their "other duties as needed" regulation). Many times I would be pulled from my job which is highly involved and demanding with a lot of important documentation involved, to go do somebody else's job because they were not in or were not doing their job (a lot of them there like that) and then you would be written up for not doing your job or your work falling behind.
    There are also a lot of very good Managers who treat you fairly and decently and with respect. Unfortunately there are a lot more of the bad ones than the good ones.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees more decently than they usually are. Managers themselves should be trained better not only in Proper Management Techniques and proper employee relations but if they are going to be put in the position of managing a certain team or classification of employees (MIS, Courtroom Clerks, Data Entry, etc) they themselves should be knowledgeable of exactly what that job requires each day by having done the job themselves or having received real time training in that particular job and having spent at least one month actually doing that job themselves. At least then they would have a full understanding of what someone in the position that they are supervising actually goes thru every day.
    Too many times I and others have had to work under Supervisors/Managers who had no concept whatsoever in what the job entails, and unfortunately they are the same ones who end up doing your annual review.

  8. Experience depends on the judge

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    Current Employee - Judicial Extern
    Current Employee - Judicial Extern

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You will get great experience no matter which judge you work for, you will get great hours, and you will get to observe a lot of lawyering.

    Cons

    It depends on the judge. I have worked for fantastic judges, but you could get stuck with one who may be impatient or doesn't care about your experience. But that is purely hypothetical, as I've never encountered a judge like that.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the student clerks get substantive legal experience.

  9. Ability to learn a variety of new skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -amazing hours
    -flexibility with schedule
    -can have a family life
    -understanding managers
    -ability to grow as a professional
    -constant feedback

    Cons

    -gossip
    -support staff doesn't do a lot of work
    -media bombardment

    Advice to Management

    It would be wonderful to readjust how promotions are done and possibly create additional promotions. Wonderful environment to work in.

  10. Helpful (1)

    I wouldn't go back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay
    a lot of self respect

    Cons

    no room for advancement
    alot of gossip
    managers played favorites

    Advice to Management

    Make the office more fair.

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