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City of Chicago, Department of Law Reviews

Updated December 6, 2016
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  1. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Events
    Interesting People
    Always changing
    Fun
    Challenging
    Everyday something new is needed and a new fresh look is requested. If there was more time in the day this would be a plus but because its rushed often it turns into a con.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day to get all the work request done


  2. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learning experience for Municipality workings

    Cons

    Corruption. Ability to advance - almost none

    Advice to Management

    Award employees based on skills and talents


  3. "Upside down management"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady hours, freedom to come and go, manage yourself

    Cons

    Dictatorial managers, low morale, clerical staff treated like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Boost morale through team building among attorneys and support staff.


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  5. "High school mentality, unprofessional work environment."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not very demanding, decent benefits, opportunity for overtime. A career you can have the rest of your life. Certain job perks. Easy to get to.

    Cons

    Time off policies are horrible. Supposed to be based on seniority but is only based on favoritism. Politics, politics, politics.

    Advice to Management

    Consider not being so miserable to everyone around you.


  6. "Great place to work, unless you need to pay your bills."

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    Former Employee - Attorney Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. I almost always left work on time, and was able to spend every weekend with my family.

    Cons

    It is difficult to work for the City, pay down the student loans, and plan for the future. The training and leadership were wonderful, however, the compensation was woefully inadequate.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be an increased emphasis on paying a competitive salary.


  7. "Great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with are absolutely great. They produce great work and want to excel in their fields. In general, we do excel in our fields.

    The hours in many departments are completely reasonable. Sure, there are a few weekends here and there and late nights, but that's not the norm.

    Cons

    The lack of a raise for most attorneys for the last eight years or so is a real downer. And even little things like having to pay for our own law licenses, is a downer. That, as with most things, costs more today than it did 8 years ago. At least we're done with the furloughs. And of course the pension issue hangs over us.

    Advice to Management

    Make movement easier between departments!


  8. "It's not the ideal circumstance for work but, it's a paycheck and a good work atmosphere."

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    Current Employee - Attorney Law Clerk (COAL) in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Attorney Law Clerk (COAL) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. They are hard working. I enjoyed the knowledge and professionalism of my colleagues.

    Cons

    Little upward potential. It is the city after all, they have people working there from centuries ago. Things move slowly. Work is not interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Try to forward the careers of your star performers.


  9. "Dysfunctional, cheap, un-supportive"

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    Current Employee - Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Chicago, Department of Law full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people in my department. Very friendly, helpful, and hard working. Great resources if you are good at networking.

    Cons

    The politics of this place is you will get ahead if you kiss enough butts along the way. Most people in city departments are lazy, do enough work to get by, could care less about their work product. ( the law department is excluded from this, most other departments included). Government work is the antithesis of hard work or gratifying work. A lot of the socially awkward come here to find careers.

    Advice to Management

    How about some employee development, mentoring, coaching. A little performance feed back once in a while would be great. And don't pretend to care about me and my career goals if you really couldn't care less!


  10. "Okay, but don't expect great substantive legal experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly employees and supervisors, positive environment. Full benefits. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Absolutely no room for other opportunities or experience outside of your job description. Work can be rmonotonous after a while.


  11. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Once you so, you ar in

    Cons

    The hiring process takes forever


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