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Cook County (Illinois) Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Benefits friendly downtown building (in 10 reviews)

  • good benefits, health care, holidays (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to move ahead in your career (in 2 reviews)

  • All other cons are a result of the lack of leadership and poor management (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Health care and pension benefits.

    Cons

    Can not work remotely and they don't pay MBA studies.


  2. "Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees. Insurance is excellect

    Cons

    Everything is delayed. Time management is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and have follow thru


  3. "No management direction. Too politically focused."

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    Former Employee - Deputy Chief Information Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Deputy Chief Information Officer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Approved IT projects makes it a toy store for true technologists. They are upgrading everything from infrastructure to applications.

    Cons

    IT Management lacks vision and focus on executing projects and motivating employees. Leadership is to focused on political posturing instead of the body of approved work in the queue.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership that embraces the execution and employee motivation to assure that resident tax investments are best spent to improve services.


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  5. "Bureau of Technology, Offices Under the President Cook County"

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

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and great group of people in the rank and file of the technology department who are diligent and work hard to do their jobs right.

    Cons

    Senior Leader of the department lacks leadership skills and management skills, she is a political animal who will sacrifice her team to survive. The culture of the organization is caustic and immature.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest bringing in a senior leader who had leadership skills and was there for the betterment of the organization rather than survival...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits, sometimes challenging work environment"

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    Former Employee - Guardian Ad Litem in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Guardian Ad Litem in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good pay, generally supportive co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, very high expectations in terms of work load/production, can be very stressful. This is a job you have to love, not something you do to pay the bills.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little more consideration to the fact that your employees aren't superhuman


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great co-workers, but out of touch management unethically made decisions based on politics, even though it is prohibited"

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    Former Employee - Field Auditor III in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Field Auditor III in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff are incredibly down to earth and friendly, which is not easy in the Cook County environment. But being able to interact with them everyday is what made work fun.

    Cons

    Unfair hiring practices based on politically motivated factors rather than the actual merits of any potential candidates. Additionally upper management had absolutely no communication with middle management in order to get there altamente genda disseminated to those of us in in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about sucking up to the Board of Commissioners, if there is a problem addressed immediately like an adult, and put aside your selfish political decision making when dealing with employees whom are non-exempt ( or outside the scope of political factors coming into play as far as their employment is concerned).


  8. "Dark ages"

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

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hours and flexibility for family commitments

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value employees


  9. "Unethical, training useless, discouraging environment, bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Youth Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, at least at the JTDC

    Cons

    Nobody cares what's right or wrong, not your coworkers, not your superiors, and don't rock the boat or do things differently, or they'll find any reason to throw you under the bus. Throughout training, I had employees pull me aside to let me know this, some even whispered it as though they could get in trouble for letting you know.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, good or bad, you're dealing with kids. Be better than them, you have no excuse to fall to their level when you should be trying to rehabilitate them.


  10. "Mostly maintenance type work with some small construction jobs"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cook County (Illinois) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not as physically demanding as working in the field. Good benefits and pension plan. Climate controlled work, which is nice in the construction business.

    Cons

    Not much accountability for management. No real opportunity for advancement if that is desired. Lots of rumors, many of which are unfounded.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs more relevant experience for the positions and people they manage.


  11. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oak Lawn, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oak Lawn, IL

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

    Pros

    Steady employment with some interesting projects

    Cons

    Management is overtly political and micro manages


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