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California Office of the Attorney General Reviews

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Edmund G. Brown Jr.
5 Ratings
  1. "Senior Legal Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great office environment. Great co workers. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Promotions are somewhat political. Management is anti union.

    California Office of the Attorney General2017-01-02
  2. "Good for litigation experience"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Attorney General in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    You're likely to get lots of varied experience in litigation. So it's very good if you're at the start of your career and looking to check off boxes (i.e., take depositions, go to trial, argue law and motion, etc.) on your experience list. Some sections have fairly heavy caseloads, so you also get more experience just because you have so many cases to handle. There are lots of good training opportunities, too, on interesting...

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    Cons

    Very bureaucratic (even compared to some other state agencies): you need supervisor approval for everything, the travel reimbursement process is awful (you will end up fronting a lot of costs for work travel, and it can take a month or more to get reimbursed afterwards--and accounting will give you a hard time if you do anything that is even slightly out of policy, like returning a rental car without filling up the gas...

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    California Office of the Attorney General2019-04-20
  3. "Deputy Attorney General"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Office of the Attorney General full-time

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility; meaningful work; public service; great work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary; regimented structure; lack of career development

    California Office of the Attorney General2018-10-05
  4. "Solid experience"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Attorney General in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Large, varied caseload, ability to really develop an expertise, you do not usually have to work on weekends, opportunity to work in different areas of the law.

    Cons

    Working here requires suffering a heavy dose of red tape (forms for everything), travel reimbursement is slow and painful, you'll never get rich.

    California Office of the Attorney General2017-07-21
  5. "Appellate litigation"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Attorney General 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time

    Pros

    Excellent experience for a young lawyer. I was giving arguments in court and writing briefs from the start, 5-7 years ahead of my colleagues who went into big law firms. Really good benefits and supportive colleagues. Amazing institutional knowledge of the California court system, both state and federal.

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to private practice. Support staff ranges between minimal and nonexistent. Many lawyers are just waiting for retirement and OK with mediocrity. When Kamala Harris was Attorney General, she was totally unwilling to give political cover to the line attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    A pay raise would be nice. Give your deputies political cover when they handle sensitive cases.

    California Office of the Attorney General2017-01-11
  6. "Good public service"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Attorney General 
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    The AG's office gets into a wide range of government and policy areas, and has the potential to make a big impact. When leadership is committed to getting things done, the lawyers in the office can be in the forefront in protecting the public.

    Cons

    It's a government agency, so lots of bureaucracy. A lot depends on the personality of the AG. A career-minded politician will be more focused on publicity than actual results, but AGs come and go. Awful salary, good pension and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Make it a place where smart, talented lawyers will want to work.

    California Office of the Attorney General2016-12-22
  7. "Deputy Attorney General"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Attorney General in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Office of the Attorney General for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great and you can have a good work/life balance. Vacation and holidays are plentiful as well. The people, staff and attorneys, are generally nice and make it a pleasure to work there. Depending on what section you work in, you can find meaningful and important work.

    Cons

    The office as a whole is not keen on finding different, new, or innovative ways to do things. Constructive criticism is ignored. Working hard cannot be rewarded because tenure is the only way your pay can be raised. There are clearly many people who should either be fired or retired, but they stay on because they cannot simply be given a pink slip in government service.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that all employees carry their weight. Too many employees skate by and don't handle their fair share of cases. These cases then get assigned to the "workers," who then notice that they have been handed a case by one of the office's deadbeats. This significantly reduces morale.

    California Office of the Attorney General2016-08-09
  8. "A good place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time

      Pros

      Great people to work with, great hours.

      Cons

      The pay isn't great, especially starting out.

      California Office of the Attorney General2016-03-23
    • "Favorable"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Excellent work life balance. The benefits are outstanding.

      Cons

      Salary is 25% below current market trends. Union dues are required and are expensive.

      Advice to Management

      Consider increasing the cost of living differential for cities that are nationally rated as high cost areas.

      California Office of the Attorney General2015-10-11
    • "Former DAG"

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      Former Employee - Deputy Attorney General in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at California Office of the Attorney General full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Due to the extreme laziness by senior managers and staff getting incredible legal experiences (jury trials, class action work, 9th circuit oral arguments) were plentiful. Of course, the reward for hard work was just more hard work.

      Cons

      Woefully underpaid, on the order of 30-70% less than other government attorneys in other large California cities. Eventually I left to one of these organizations and never looked back.

      Advice to Management

      None, they don't care.

      California Office of the Attorney General2015-10-12
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