District of Columbia Bar Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    meh.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at District of Columbia Bar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job and it's very much you put your time in and then you're done.

    Cons

    It's a very stagnant place to work -- the department I was in there wasn't much room for promotion and it was very much of a "this is the way we've done it in the past" and often there wasn't much innovation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Up and Down

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at District of Columbia Bar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really nice people who work at the Bar. They are family friendly. Best departments to work for when I was there: Pro Bono (the boss, Monika Varma is awesome), Finance also seems good too and the people are close knit.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, it can be DYSFUNCTIONAL and difficult. The leadership likes things a certain way and may not be open to change. Before you accept a job there, try to find out as much as you can about the department you are working for. Some departments have HIGH turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your subordinates and try to take their suggestions. Maybe the Bar would have less turnover if you do.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Not the best office culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    35 hr workweek, great location and building, lots of good people to work with, work itself is rather low stress

    Cons

    Top down management. Some of the upper level managers are very odd, overall culture is not at all upbeat, unresponsive IT dept, domineering and distant HR dept., people get fired all the time with no warning--they call it "reorganization"


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Depressing work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at District of Columbia Bar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some departments are better than others. Member services seemed to be well run.

    Cons

    Entrenched management that is out of touch with the times and disconnected from employees. Bureaucratic environment. High turnover in some departments, such as Sections.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate a more open, supportive and transparent work environment.



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