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US Department of Justice Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.9 53 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Justice Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

(25 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The compensation, at least compared to the private sector (i(in 9 reviews)

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

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    DOJ Paralegal

    Paralegal Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFlexibility and non-stressful work environment; no long hours unless you choose to. Lots of opportunity to work with, and learn from attorneys directly.

    ConsCan have a lack of accountability, easy for some paralegals to stagnate. Work can become monotonous over too long

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical of Government work. Components are more lik "fiefdoms" than collaborative agencies. DOJ HQ control is limited.

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsA lot of turnover to pursue a wide variety of positions.

    ConsPositions are generally not filled with the most qualified candidates and the best components to work for are those that schedule C hiring authority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrengthen HQ authority to cut and trim. Strengthen HQ's authority to fire - which first requires a robust performance management plan.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked as a GS 9 Program Analyst

    Program Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood people and a worthwhile mission. Government hours are great.

    ConsNo room for growth, pay lackluster.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake an interest in lower level employees and their careers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Job

    Program Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLaw enforcement professionals with high standards. Intelligent accomplished colleagues. Respected for my experience and expertise. Great work environment.

    ConsPoliticians like to attack all government employees, even those who are doing an important job like enforcing the laws Congress passes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Like working for the nation's most important and largest law firm, with an incomparable impact on policy, regs & laws.

    Reference Law Librarian (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsA secure job with a ton of gifted legal and paralegal professionals, many of whom care about what they do so much that they forego much bigger-dollar salaries in the private sector. Much collaborative assistance and good professional development opportunities and training. Arguably the foremost location in the world for legal policy wonks.

    ConsOften long hours and time pressures, but then that comes with the legal work world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't cut back on your library staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Student Opportunity!

    Paralegal Assistant (STEP) (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros- Paid version of Federal internship, and more responsibility and real-life experience for it.
    - Most outstanding team of individuals - if you get a position, it's because you've EARNED it!

    Cons- Federal pay systems are scheduled and not subject to performance review.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Assistant

    Research Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExposed to interesting information. Great environment to work in. Exciting work requirements.

    ConsThe bureaucratic mess can be a hassle at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A fantastic place to work where you are given a high level of responsiblity very quickly

    Assistant Section Chief (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIf you are a lawyer who wants to litigate, there is no better place to work than in the Department of Justice. Young lawyers are provided training and area also given interesting and challenging cases. There are many opportunities to write legal documents and to get to federal court and participate in every part of the litigation.

    ConsThe pay is not on par with the private sector

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement works best with more mentoring and less micro-managing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on the Division You're In

    Secretary (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosjob security, varied opportunities, alot of training

    Consdepending on the division: not utilized or recognized for your knowledge and talents, often held back, rampant discrimination, and minimal support.

    Advice to Senior Managementpay more attention to the people that make you look good, and not what you can take credit for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Trial attorney

    Trial Attorney (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMore time flexibility than is offered in private practice. And more active a management role in case than is offerd in private practice.

    ConsSalary is small relative to complexity and significance of cases, relative to salary paid to private law firm counterparts. And the amount of work can be overwhelming from time to time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagment should continue to advocate for additional resources to be allocated to find ways to alleviate substantial burdens imposed on litigating line attorneys.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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