Cook County State's Attorney

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Updated May 25, 2015
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  1. Assistant State

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The one legal job whose ultimate goal should always be justice.

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions to proceed on cases are driven by politics rather than facts or law and that comes from supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer prosecutors and more support staff. That would allow higher pay for prosecutors. Too many attorneys are doing work that could be done by support staff.


  2. Overall good job. Endless Chalenges.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County State's Attorney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great shared sense of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and advancement based on time in.


  3. Was great but going somewhat downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cook County State's Attorney

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension, some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Union, management, young entitled attorneys and investigators, low upward mobility, impossible to get raises no matter your workload, everyone is overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for the administration people not just attorneys


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  5. Law Clerk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work and State's Attorneys worked had and were very competent and good at their jobs. Fast paced and hard workers.

    Cons

    Attorneys were over worked and had to come in nights and weekends in order to get the job done. They also felt that they were underpaid.


  6. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with some of the country's best trial lawyers. Excellent camaraderie working with other prosecutors, and I learned a LOT. Good way to get a lot of trial experience and feel good about going to work every day.

    Cons

    Compensation is not enough to pay student loans or raise a family. Too many good prosecutors have to leave for financial reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people better. It's a great job. They want to stay.


  7. worst place to work

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    Former Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney full-time

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

    Pros

    you uphold the laws of the state so you are making a contribution to society, however big or small

    Cons

    - low pay
    - no support staff because there is no money (and too much govt red tape to hire those that are continuing to leave)
    - no attorney development or mentoring
    - older attorneys show overt dislike toward new attorneys
    - promotions are not based on talent or merit; only can get promoted if someone above you get promoted and so on; so if at the 5th or 6th year level there is not room, everyone below suffers
    - no investment in young attorneys
    - will work more hours than attorneys who are compensated 3x; work life balance is atrocious

    Advice to Management

    stop treating employees as disposable


  8. There is no such thing as prosecutorial discretion....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County State's Attorney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get some of the best experience that you can get. If you love doing trials and watching the best attorneys do trials this is the right office for you! You will never be shortchanged in this aspect. You will learn and do!

    Cons

    If the states attorney is in the news for anything negative, a line assistant states attorney is going to be punished. Anita Alvarez and her supervisors are only out for themselves. They do not have the backs of their employees. They take the easy road even when hard decisions have to be made. They demote you to the point that you want to quit if you do something wrong. Employee morale is down across the entire office. Employee morale was higher when the pink slips came out then it is right now.


  9. Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cook County State's Attorney

    Pros

    One of the best places to gain valuable experience in a relatively short period of time. Pay is not great but benefits are good.

    Cons

    There are a substantial amount of people vying for the same promotion. there are a ton of lifers that will relinquish their jobs only when they retire (or expire).


  10. Satisfying

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Gain leadership experience, great place to have on your resume, great office staff interaction.

    Cons

    It's a huge place for gossip


  11. It once was a great place to work. Not anymore.

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    Former Employee - Cook County Assistant State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cook County Assistant State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cook County State's Attorney

    Pros

    Excellent Trial Experience. You have the opportunity to try real cases from the beginning of your career. Traffic Court is a great starting ground.

    Cons

    Micro management. Much favoritism given to the good old boys...... Now you have to constantly worry about being fired. People are being treated like they are disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that people have families and lives. They have bills to pay and children to raise. Expecting people on Felony Review to drive from the South Suburbs to the North Suburbs is ridiculous.



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