Cook County (Illinois)

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Cook County (Illinois) Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Court Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Court Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people with a great atmosphere. I cannot say enough good things.

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any negative things to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It's not what you know, it's who you know.

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

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits, work is not that difficult, pay you more than they should.

    Cons

    Office culture is cut throat. Make sure you are good with the higher up or you don't stand a chance or surviving. If you know the right people, you are set. Lack of growth and very unwilling to change from the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your workers when they truly want to make a difference and check your egos at the door. This is why the City and County continue to strap by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Board of Commissioners a good place to intern, people are friendly and exposes you to different aspects of county government. They are also very helpful in getting you exposed to different people in different sectors, which helps a lot in networking.

    Cons

    Really enjoyed the internship, but there are slow seasons where there's not much to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Lack of motivated employees kills workplace spirit.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time

    Pros

    Chance to help people, time off.

    Cons

    The laziest employees in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire deadbeat employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Court Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Court Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Service Stability great benefits package

    Cons

    Not challenging in the least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  7.  

    I WILL NEVER GO INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAIN

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Officer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is great, especially if you have a GED or high school diploma, no requirements as far as college credits. The first couple of years your pretty much at their mercy as far as detail. You will have the choice to be placed on afternoons or mid-nights only because veteran officers will pretty much take all the morning details or unless your politically connected, meaning if your related to any of the big wigs 9 x's out of 10 you will have a morning spot. They will justify this by saying this it's an "administrative move". Met a lot of great people from officers to supervisors. I can count on one hand how many people I would consider long time friends.

    Cons

    They don't recognize a good officer that works hard, administration will not focus on the officers that work tails off, but rather give perks to officers that bring them coffee or buys them lunch. Yes the typical kiss butt... Not me! OPR (office of professional review) is a joke, they rather crucify good officers that have had no discilplinay actions against them in their career, then crucify Directors for drunk driving (able to retire) several times, or Directors (still working) that have been involved in civil law suits and lost, and cost the county millions of dollars. This organization is all about kissing butt and who you know. Granted you have a couple of officers that get promoted on their work ethics, and those who do be aware no one is your friend. If you don't have clout you best be on your P's and Q's, if you mess up once (everyone is human not one is perfect) be prepared to be crucified. Many times I have seen officers get promoted after just being there 2 years, wet behind the ears. It's sad to see many veterans on promotion lists 3 or 4 times (testing every 2 years) and get passed up by an officer that has 1-2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to crucify good officers and start crucifying those who are constantly in trouble. Treat everyone the same, if an officer with out clout can be suspended or discharged for not submitting a secondary employment form etc so should Sergeants Lieutenants, Commanders, Directors everyone under the umbrella starting from the Sheriff himself. They certainly should face the same repercussions, especially for drunk driving several times or costing the county millions of dollars for disbanding a unit because of their political views. It's so plain to Administration goes after officers that have no one to call or back them up (clout). If your into politics, kiss butt or have clout this is the great place to be. If you have either of these behind your resume..run far far away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent mental health provider

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional coworkers great benefits. Competitive pay

    Cons

    Mental health program still growing to capacity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Awful - Old School People think they are new school

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Medical benefits, 9-5 job, non managers friendly

    Cons

    Management are shuffled in and out based on politics, some people hold three titles and can't do 1, total lack of leadership, direction, no transparency, salary is weak, and for mgmt no bonuses or raises allowed ever, pension fund "reform" leaves no reason for anyone who started in 2011 and beyond to stay here. You'll die before you get the pension, people who were in before 2011, will all be leaving to take pension this year, then come back as contractors to collect twice. No recognition, no training, no ability to move up. Stay away from here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the old schoolers, they show no trust in people they hire, they are holding the county back from really moving forward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Intern: Great people, Great Learning Environment

    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great People, Get to learn allot and was able to work directly with top level executives

    Cons

    None but I have not worked long enough to know for sure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
  11.  

    Waste of time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Medical benefits are the best I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Political climate interferes with accomplishing anything of value. Nothing comes to fruition quickly. Lack of process or resource sophistication. Environment is chocked full of practices that allows for fraud, favoritism and unprofessional-ism. If you've ever worked for a private sector company, don't waste your time and downgrade to this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain people and Bureau Chiefs have too much power and influence. Lack of integrity at director level and above, which would explain the outflux of resources over the past year given that private sector individuals who have given Cook a chance find the exit door as soon as possible. Improve the culture, which is still plagued by old world politics, the lack of progressive thinking and Bureau Chiefs lacking any employment sophistication and drunk with power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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