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Attorney General of Washington State Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. "Positive working environment and good work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The working environment was consistently collegial. Lots of opportunity for growth and responsibility and a large variety of work.

    Cons

    Compensation but considering the work life balance it was worth it.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "One Clique to Rule Them All - Consumer Protection"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The case outcomes are rewarding.

    Cons

    There is a clique in the consumer protection division that manages most of the non-attorney staff. They are gossipy, and unregulated in what they do to their staff. Some people are scolded constantly for no reason other than the "management clique" is trying to push them out. Also, the pay is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Break up your management team and have more oversight on how your professional staff are treated. Don't let your manager push out people with decades of institutional experience and knowledge. Hold your managers accountable for what they say and do, versus what they TELL you they say and do.

  3. "Government Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Professional Assistant Attorney General ­ Chief Counsel in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Professional Assistant Attorney General ­ Chief Counsel in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Colleagues and support staff.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic. Below market compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline hierarchy. Unnecessary layers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, awesome employees, but a few REALLY bad eggs.

    Cons

    Management, drama, gossip, loads too much work on one person and doesn't compensate for it.


  5. "Legal Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State full-time

    Pros

    Access to many attorneys with different experiences and supportive attitudes

    Cons

    Not many hands-on opportunities available to legal interns. Mostly research and writing. Never received much feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback and oversight to interns and create more Rule 9 positions for law students.


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Respectful work environment and approachable supervisors

    Cons

    needs pay to commiserate with work and more Flex-time schedules


  7. "Great place to start out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Attorney General of Washington State full-time

    Pros

    Learning opportunities and collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as private practice.

  8. "Legal Assistant 2 - Labor & Industries Division"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, friendly work environment and good upper management. Smart folks with innovative flexible schedule opportunities. Impressed with work life balance practices.

    Cons

    Quality of training is at the mercy of your assigned supervisor and mine was bad. Very passive aggressive communication style, making it difficult to understand expectations of internal procedures. It's a shame - I liked this job with the exception of this issue which was a big one!

    Advice to Management

    Consider providing training for those coming from the private sector as the culture is very different.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant 2"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Attorney General of Washington State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very cordial environment and welcoming atmosphere. Attorneys are extremely sharp and I observed positive collaboration between attorneys and their assistants. Excellent Office Administrator and Division Chief. VERY impressed with the encouragement of flexible schedules - an innovative benefit that should be customary in this occupation.

    Cons

    Quality of training depends on supervisor - poor training with regard to internal procedures and attempts to attend mandatory trainings were denied by supervisor. Unclear instructions given repeatedly, and alarmingly conflicting feedback regarding job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Consider crafting training that is streamlined and directed toward employees coming from the private sector. I would have preferred to remain with this employer had I been trained properly.


  10. "Labor & Personnel Division"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Organized and well managed.
    Helpful managing attorneys and support staff.

    Cons

    The con for me was the commute, but if you live in Olympia/Tumwater that will not be a problem.


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