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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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    Judicial Council of California

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people to work with.

    ConsJudges make the administrative decisions without consulting the individuals whom have to implement them

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to listen to employees more. It is run by judges who are not the best suited for that job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAbility to take time off; furlough days - extra days off and work/life balance

    ConsEnergy day to day, low energy office; dynamic employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A as I am a consultant

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a Government Job

    Senior Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsState employees enjoy 13 holidays per year, on top of accruing time off at the rate of about 2 days per month (assuming a full-time position). Of course, the budget crisis has put some of these holidays in jeopardy. Health benefits are usually the reason why people stay for the long-term.

    ConsToo political to the point that nothing seems to get done. Add today's budget crisis and it is a less than ideal place to start your career or to grow it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't please all of the people all of the time or even some of the time. Make a decision and lead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Budget Woes make this an uphappy place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility with scheduling and plenty of time off.

    ConsWe have furloughs
    there is too much concern over the potential of job loses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Negative

    Court Appointed Dependency Attorney (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility offered in work schedule as court appointed juvenile dependency attorney. Paid by Judicial Council on case by case hourly rate. Opportunity to learn, gain experience working with parents, minors in foster care and contribute efforts to positive result: rebuilding families. Some AOC employees are conscientious, helpful and respectful when communicating with members of legal community (court appointed attorneys).

    ConsAOC (Admin. Office of Courts) policy of forcing court appointed attorneys for dependency cases to accept flat rate 2 or 3 year "contracts" to provide services per County at ridiculously low rates that do not include reimbursement for expenses, overhead costs or out of the ordinary circumstances requiring additional attorney hours per case. For court appointed attorneys who do not accept contract terms offered by AOC, professional life becomes hellish. AOC attempts to enforce standards for court appointed (non contract) attorneys such as only paying 1.5 billable hours per month per case, denial of requests for reimburse for out of pocket expenses. AOC tries to limit attorney's independent representation of clients by imposing impossibly unrealistic standards (1.5 hours per month per case billable time) and threatening not to pay billings that reflect more time spent per case per month than 1.5 hours. Takes as long as 4-6 weeks to receive payment for services and in some cases, such as the State budget crisis occurring July 1, 2010 -October 10, 2010 dependency attorneys did not get paid until budget passed (3.5 months).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind other ways to balance the budget than continuing to squeeze every dime from those juvenile dependency attorneys working under AOC contract or by court appointment. Reduce AOC staff and give up those "pet projects" that account for hundreds of millions of dollars that should be spent on keeping our court system open through budgetary tough times.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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