US Department of Justice Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Doesn't abide by the laws they claim to enforce

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

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    DOJ offers great benefits. They have a good alternative work schedule which allows you to have every other Friday off and the work load is minimal. If you are an attorney you will have a great quality of life and will rarely work longer than your minimum work week.

    Cons

    The leadership is highly political and generally you become a manager because you are politically connected and are not successful as an attorney. If you are a WASP female, your chances of advancement are nil. Hard work is not only not rewarded, it is perceived as a threat by management. You will receive absolutely no worthwhile training or mentoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. If your job is to enforce Civil Rights law to protect the public from discrimination and harassment, do not let your mid level management harass and discriminate against your employees. Do not let politics allow someone with a long history of criminal violence against women, bypass the FBI background check and prey upon female coworkers and then protect him when they report it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Contracting officer

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    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent retirement - excellent benefits - goo opportunities to promote

    Cons

    No pay raise for 3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Very Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Incredible experience (brief-writing, a lot of time in court, etc.), and great job security. Depending on your situation, it may be worth giving up a higher salary in the private sector to get a few years of real, substantive legal experience.

    Cons

    The compensation, at least compared to the private sector (i.e., big law). Experienced attorneys and staff here are making a fraction of what they could make in big law firms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. It was a great experience to learn about the litigation capabilities of the federal government.

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    Former Employee - Honors Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Honors Paralegal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work life balance.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really take the time to train younger individuals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great experience for students in how to work within a huge organization.

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    Current Intern - Volunteer Student Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Volunteer Student Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience, independence, interesting work, high degree of respect for interns, and no coffee fetching.

    Cons

    no pay, department not hiring, size of department can be frustrating, long hours, and lack of mentorship or development program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's understandable given the current political climate (budget restraints) but the DOJ should really pay its interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I enjoyed most of my time at the DOJ

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    Former Employee - Software Instructor/Course Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Instructor/Course Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I had some support from my boss and people in other parts of the the DOJ were friendly. The expectations were not high from the all around people. They kept the workload wasnt fast.

    Cons

    There were a huge polictial issues all the way around and no one really would make any statement in projects. The all just directed you to other resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle mangement isnt the issue its upper management that foster a dog eat dog point of view with policitcal cliques that make things work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great workplace

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

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

    Pros

    Committed team - great work. THe work environment is very stimulating and colleagial. The mission is inspriing.

    Cons

    Contrary to many beliefs, the hours are long and the workload is very heavy. Don't come looking for an easy day; there are many long, hard days and bonus money - if obtained is meager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to respond to the neds of the American people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    My experience with the DOJ has been a great one.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work for the DOJ is the amount that you learn from your work.

    Cons

    Perhaps your friends and people in the private sector earn more than you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets smile more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great friendly and diverse working environment

    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Justice as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, decent pay, and a good amount of diversity in its employees. The employees appeared to be enjoying their work as well as their co-workers. And more importantly, the DOJ cared about its employees. There were always different functions going on to boost company morale.

    Cons

    It's a chance for very stable employment. Now while that may seem like a good thing, let me explain. I came across people working in the exact same positions without much upward mobility for 25 years +. But I guess that is typical of a lot of government jobs so I don't know. I just know personally I would like the freedom to branch out a bit.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Some good and bad aspects

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working from home. Good Salary.

    Cons

    Innovation and thoughtful insight not rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employee input more.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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