US Department of Justice Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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US Department of Justice Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, service to the public is satisfying, friends at work (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)

  • No significant bonuses for exceptionally long hours or good results (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Supervisory Administrative Services Specialis

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome mission, lots of vacation time and sick time.

    Cons

    Salaries cap out and you are may not get a bonus or pay increase yearly, even if you deserve one.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent paralegal internship!

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at US Department of Justice as an intern

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

    Pros

    This agency provided an excellent opportunity to apply the principles of paralegal studies learned at the local junior college. I highly recommend it.

    Cons

    There were few opportunities for employees to collaborate with other agencies on projects and investigations. Also, this is not the place to work if you need lots of social interaction, as most work is completed individually then each segment of the investigation is combined.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide training and advancement opportunities for employees!

  3. good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    easy to answer questions and pages.

    Cons

    hard to locate state workers.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting more employers names on the site for state department workers. Other than that it is easy to folllow.

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  5. I worked at US Department of Justice as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a great experience due to the amount of responsibility and freedom; I felt you could get however much you wanted to put in.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a lot of bureaucracy, and not a lot of room for change. Employee morale seemed low at times.

  6. Making a real difference while gaining great experience and being entrusted with a lot of responsibility

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    Current Employee - Senior Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Trial Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

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

    Pros

    Representing the legal interests of the U.S. and its citizens is challenging and rewarding work. Dedicated professionals. Great training.

    Cons

    Like most government jobs in a challenging economy there is way more work than people and resources to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly encourage and support, if not mandate, a meaningful mentoring program.

  7. Accounting Student Trainee (Intern)-Financial Program Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work life balance, independent working experience

    Cons

    Slow hiring process
    Not clear instruction for intern convert positions
    Promote employees internally, very rare chances to get someone from outside.

  8. Hard work, lots of responsibility, good leadership

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    Current Employee - Trial Attorney
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is probably one of the best places to work if you're a litigator looking for lots of autonomy and support, room to make mistakes, decent pay and work-life balance, and management (and colleagues in general) who seems to care about the professional growth and personal well-being of line attorneys. There is comparatively less red tape than other places in the federal government, and the support staff have a better attitude than many other government offices.

    Cons

    It can be extremely stressful, but that is true for any litigation job. The pay is probably less than what you'd get at a private firm. Some managers are terrible, but probably not worse than at any other place. You have to write more memos (settlement, deposing certain folks) than at other places. Potential for advancement can be limited, since the office has a very flat structure.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the actual management skills, rather than simply litigation ability, of potential manager hires.

  9. Meaningful work

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This agency allows you to do work that you really care about with many other committed individuals. The benefits and relative stability can't be beat.

    Cons

    It's the federal government, which means there is a lot of bureaucracy. And the managers don't always pay full attention to actual management - the operational side of things leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable and get feedback from the line staff. Bad management will drive good people out.

  10. I worked in old, dark buildings where I read all day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you want to work for the public sector this is a good place to start.

    Cons

    The work I did was boring and building was uninviting.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the interns better

  11. Summer intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Justice

    Pros

    It was great, very interesting work and people.

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship but that's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

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