Cook County (Illinois) Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Cook County Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Room for advancement and excellent pay

    Cons

    Safety is a concern with the low staff numbers.


  2. I enjoyed working here and would love to work here again

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with and great hours.

    Cons

    Long commute and traffic was always a bear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lines of communication open.


  3. Director for Veterans Affairs

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time

    Pros

    very professional and it's about the business of taking care of the less fortunate

    Cons

    administration turns over to frequently


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  5. Worthwhile but bounded.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people are nice, competent, down to earth. You are actually serving the public in a tangible and valuable way. The technology is generally on a par with most for profits and the technology approaches are forward looking. The work culture is busy and projects move well once launched, but expectations are managed realisitically. There is a good pension plan if you stay long enough, and many people do. It's a very good place to launch a government related IT career, or to land for a while if you have one, including consulting. There are lot of single day holidays, even more than working for a bank.

    Cons

    There are multiple independent agencies to deal with and the politics and quirks of elected officials do come into play. The county and agency are underfunded and technology is underfunded within the agencies. Some things are slow to happen, requiring a very structured set of processes with rigid schedules, and the outcomes are very rigid (e.g., procurement, funding, changes). You will be a probationary employee for a full year! Vacation time is only 2 weeks a year. Don't expect an up to date physical environment. The office spaces are very tired and shabby.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities, try to find some career development paths. Increase the paid vacation time to 4 weeks, FROM THE START.


  6. Great gig, very little pressure to perform but interesting and substantive work.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - great low stakes environment, there is never excessive pressure.
    - opportunities nonetheless to make a difference in municipal government, and over the long term help institute change.

    Cons

    - very little pressure makes it easy to coast.
    - out moded IT systems make it difficult and frustrating to do ones job.
    - low compensation and few perks.

    Advice to Management

    Update the computer network right away, this is the biggest problem. Everything is slow to do, it is infuriating, yes, but it is also disastrously inefficient and probably costs the county twice what it would take to update every year.


  7. Cook County PD

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    Current Employee - Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Cook County PD is one of the premier public defenders offices in the county. Strong union guarantees solid salary and work-life balance. Not as overworked as smaller offices.

    Cons

    Whatever the general cons are of working as a PD. Disrespected by all sides, including your own clients. Tough cases can be seen as a con, but most PD's can look as a plus

    Advice to Management

    The CCPD can do a better job of evaluating their attorneys and provide career training. For the most part you're thrown out their on your own after limited training. The answers are there because there as so many experienced attorneys in the office willing to help, but you have to go seek ik


  8. Motivated people depending on where you work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois)

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

    Pros

    Working for government, personal satisfaction of doing good for the public. Not too many days with very long hours and good benefits.

    Cons

    There is not really competitive pay, and the systems and infrastructure that the county uses are painful for members of a younger generation.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps consider ways to make working in government attractive to young people.


  9. Incompetent Technology Management & Leadership, Bad Morale

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

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois)

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

    Pros

    - there are many people who've been there a long time who are hardworking
    - open to new talent
    - excellent benefits
    - great vacation time
    - variety of work

    Cons

    - PETER PRINCIPLE, many technology leaders are beyond their capability
    - scared, incompetent leadership in the Bureau of Technology
    - though a benefit is having employees who've been there a long time, many of them are just sitting in their jobs (or promoted into jobs) and waiting to retire
    - never seen so many unhappy employees
    - no women leaders, poor environment for women in technology
    - completely incompetent CIO (this is the one woman hired probably to fill a quota)

    Advice to Management

    replace CIO & Deputy CIO (who is running place into ground) - the Peter Principle currently applies heavily here in these positions


  10. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any negative things to say.


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

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

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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