US Department of Justice Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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US Department of Justice Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
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Pros
  • Love this place, great work-life balance, fantastic people (in 9 reviews)

  • Job security, always have a job, prob not going to get laid off (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • it's government, so compensation doesn't compare to the private sector (in 10 reviews)

  • limited pay and limited promotional opportunities, long hours, stressful (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forestville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forestville, MD

    I worked at US Department of Justice (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance and move around

    Cons

    But not in Civil Division. AVOID this division at all cost.


  2. USDOJ

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting work, feel like you're making a difference

    Cons

    Never have enough resources, red tape


  3. Health Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Technician in Victorville, CA
    Former Employee - Health Technician in Victorville, CA

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. Free gym. Lots of upward mobility and lateral movement throughout the country. There's usually a nice sign on bonus. More overtime than you really could want. Three week training academy in Georgia next to Savannah fully paid.

    Cons

    Inconsistent management. Pay is substantially higher on the civilian sector. Be willing to negotiate your wage prior to accepting any position if you already get paid more. Did I forget... You also work at a prison? Constant turnover of medical personnel makes it a dicey place to work at times. Shift work can be a bit daunting if you are use to a compressed work week. Your background investigation is not completed until you are already 6 months into your probation on average (that's if they are fast about it).

    Advice to Management

    Lobby the powers that be to make pay and work shifts more comparable to other correctional systems such as state and county agencies.


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  5. Agency review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many promotion opportunities within the department. There are over 40 components within DOJ.

    Cons

    male dominated senior management, although great leaders, there isn't many women or people of color.

    Advice to Management

    include more diversity


  6. Student Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great benefits and insurance for full time employees. You are able to request adjusted work schedules as long as it works with your department. Holida, Sick and Vacation time.

    Cons

    Being furloughed when Congress is unable to pass a budget, Not being able to work overtime or get pay raises because the budget is still up in the air. No bonuses unless in the budget.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. You get recognized for you work. I would recommend maybe having a little more team building projects so colleagues can get better aquainted with each other. Other than that, great leadership.


  7. Great organization

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Pros

    Best job out there - great mission, great people, easy to go to work each day with enthusiasm. Endless opportunities for transfer and promotion.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be stifling at times, way too much read tape makes it hard to get even every day things done well or quickly


  8. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Justice (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    job security, consistent paycheck, team players

    Cons

    long hours, paperwork, red tape,

    Advice to Management

    can be easy or difficult


  9. Amazing Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Justice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always a different day Always learning new things Staff was excellent

    Cons

    To move up in the company or from your current position is very hard

    Advice to Management

    The advancement is hard.


  10. Legal Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Department of Justice offers matching contributions to a 401(k) type account (the Thrift Savings Plan) and provides an excellent work environment. Vacation accrual rate is four hours per two weeks to start. Veteran friendly employer.

    Cons

    The hiring process for a federal job is long and they don't reimburse for parking which can easily be over $100 per month. Also, unlike our private sector counterparts, if the government shuts down, we can find ourselves without income.


  11. One of the Best

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule (maxi-flex, telework, AWS, etc) & generally higher than the average salary grades as compared to other federal agencies

    Cons

    Non-attorneys are not as valued



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