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Circuit Court of Cook County Reviews

Updated November 21, 2016
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  1. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Court Building in Phoenix, IL
    Former Employee - Court Building in Phoenix, IL

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learned about the juvenile justice system

    Cons

    wish it was a little bit more hands on


  2. "Circuit Court Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Clerk of Circuit Court in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clerk of Circuit Court in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. I've had the opportunity to learn a lot about the law and how policies work. I've had the opportunity to inspire some of my customers.

    Cons

    Grandfather clock ways of doing things, low pay, no room for growth unless you have been there 30 years .


  3. "Judicial Law Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Significantly improves legal analysis and, to a greater degree, legal writing skills. Also provides great education on the litigation process and different styles by litigators that help you to develop your own. Positions you well for opportunities in private law firms.

    Cons

    Pay is obviously very weak. The work can also become rather monotonous as you are simply writing judicial orders on hundreds and hundreds of cases.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to at least $50,000/year, clearly this is dependent on budget but the judicial process would be improved with better compensation.


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  5. "Job Was Ok"

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    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met a lot of prominent people and GREAT benefits

    Cons

    Crappy pay, no opportunity for advancement, at the mercy of the judge, no assistance from HR if you have problems with a judge

    Advice to Management

    Formal training


  6. "probation officer"

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    Former Employee - Probation Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Probation Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I think the pros of this position is being able to help people

    Cons

    Due to the shrinking budget, the caseloads are becoming more and more unmanageable.

    Advice to Management

    Since the budgets have increased the average caseload, just be more considerate of that constraint.


  7. "Good first experience out of law school"

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    Current Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In court every day, good chance to build legal writing and research skills

    Cons

    Not gaining litigation experience, no formal training, completely learning on the fly and all judge specific

    Advice to Management

    More formal training


  8. "Always interesting, sometimes impactful, but hard to accomplish anything."

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    Current Employee - Associate Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lot of improvements work need to be completed within the Office, but it is a highly political environment. If you can navigate the political intrigue, and do not mind “pay to play”, one may learn a lot and accomplish a lot.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor staffing, poor plan implementation and poor plan follow through. Political support for the elected official was a prerequisite, which was a pity for the operation of the Office. We tended to hire the "un hirable" and hoped of the best.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on making to Office operate more efficiently. Spend less time on self-aggrandizement and unachievable political ambitions.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Judicial Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Circuit Court of Cook County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours and benefits, pension

    Cons

    The income makes this not a career position


  10. "Ability to learn a variety of new skills"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    -amazing hours
    -flexibility with schedule
    -can have a family life
    -understanding managers
    -ability to grow as a professional
    -constant feedback

    Cons

    -gossip
    -support staff doesn't do a lot of work
    -media bombardment

    Advice to Management

    It would be wonderful to readjust how promotions are done and possibly create additional promotions. Wonderful environment to work in.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I wouldn't go back."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay
    a lot of self respect

    Cons

    no room for advancement
    alot of gossip
    managers played favorites

    Advice to Management

    Make the office more fair.


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