Cook County (Illinois)

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Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
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    Cook County PD

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Motivated people depending on where you work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Incompetent Technology Management & Leadership, Bad Morale

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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

    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
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    Good Internship

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

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) as an intern (less than a 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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Excellent mental health provider

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional coworkers great benefits. Competitive pay

    Cons

    Mental health program still growing to capacity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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