US Department of Justice Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Contracting Officer

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The DOJ has a large budget and and usually exempt from furlough threats. Everyone has an office.

    Cons

    Lack of positive leadership and the office is filled with nepotism


  2. Chief

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent mission. Every day is different with exciting work and motivated people.

    Cons

    Career growth. Career growth. Career growth. Career growth. Career growth.


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    Legal Intern

    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at US Department of Justice (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Several areas that one can get experience. More than likely will be able to attend court hearings.

    Cons

    Days can be pretty long but that's to be expected.


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  5. Assistant US Attorney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The training one receives is outstanding!

    Cons

    Lack of flextime availability. Lack of upward mobility training.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Unsatisfying work experience

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    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility. Work on topics that I care about. Mixture of policy work and litigation. Great line attorney colleagues. Good salary with yearly step raises.

    Cons

    Supervisors are often unskilled managers, out-of-practice litigators, and the worst are bullies. Can be a very difficult environment for women litigators. Not many opportunities for career advancement, especially for younger attorneys. Office space feels cramped, old, and stale. Constant pressure to move cases, yet little opportunity to take initiative due to micromanagement. Bureaucracy over time off and sick leave is draconian. As compared to US Attorney's Offices, the cases drag on for years. Many older colleagues counting down the days until retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling line attorneys to "find a mentor." Instead be an advocate for your employees' advancement. Take action when employees come to you with complaints.


  7. 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.


  8. USDOJ

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, feel like you're making a difference

    Cons

    Never have enough resources, red tape


  9. Health Technician

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    Former Employee - Health Technician in Victorville, CA
    Former Employee - Health Technician in Victorville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Agency review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  11. Student Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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