Circuit Court of Cook County

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Circuit Court of Cook County Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
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  1.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great hours and benefits, pension

    Cons

    The income makes this not a career position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Experience depends on the judge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Judicial Extern
    Current Employee - Judicial Extern

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Ensure the student clerks get substantive legal experience.

    Recommends
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    Ability to learn a variety of new skills

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    Current Employee - Social Worker  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't go back.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County

    Pros

    Decent pay
    a lot of self respect

    Cons

    no room for advancement
    alot of gossip
    managers played favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the office more fair.

    Doesn't Recommend

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