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DOJ Antitrust Division Reviews

Updated October 22, 2018
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  1. "The perfect first job for those considering law school or a federal government career"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Humble, intelligent, extremely credentialed and approachable coworkers. A fantastic place for the intellectually curious and those interested in applying to law school.

    Cons

    Work/ life balance varies depending on the legal cases you are working on. Cases going to trial can be very time consuming. Although, identical jobs in the private sector are much more time consuming.


  2. "Good Place To Determine if Law School is For You"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a paralegal at DOJ for three years. As they have limited resources, DOJ has its paralegals do a considerable amount of work which requires applying critical thinking skills. It gives you training you would likely not get from most other paralegal positions.

    Cons

    When I was there the job had a term limit so you could stay for a max of three years. Also, while most attorneys were professional, some would be unfairly harsh to paralegals in high-pressure situations. Case load can be heavy at times, but can also be very light.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good experience, though I would not work for them again. Too many politics in the office."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience within the Antitrust legal system at the federal level.

    Cons

    Agency employees overlook experience which comes from experiences, instead base your value on where you went to college.


  4. "Paralegal Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - many opportunities to learn antitrust law
    - learn to do document review, perform legal research, and write many interview memos within 3 months on the job

    Cons

    - you can outgrow the position after 18 months
    - difficult to predict workload during active investigations, can have very slow days and very busy fire drill days
     - 4 year term position, so have to make plans to move on to another position because cannot stay longer than 4 years

    Advice to Management

    - try to move paralegals to work on several different cases to work with different attorneys and economists


  5. Helpful (3)

    "If you just need to collect a check, this is the perfect job"

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

    I have been working at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time

    Pros

    You can be the laziest person in the world, sleep on the job, take 3 hour lunch breaks, steal time and make multiple HR violations and you will not ever get fired. Management will talk to you about it, but never an actual reprimand or threat to your job security.

    The pay is great. You would have to actually do work at a private firm to earn a paycheck. You don't really have to ever earn your paycheck here if you don't want to. If you do poorly enough, they will stop assigning you work but you will continue to get paid. They have a few good paralegals that they treat pretty poorly with no thank you's that they will reassign your work to.

    There's such little work and low expectations here that you'll never really need to do anything other show up about 3 days a week, which you can totally get away with doing. Overtime is given pretty freely as well, even for easy assignments that can be completed in an hour.

    You'll never have to actually waste your time learning law or even going to a trial. You will get an amazing resume addition that suggests that you were somehow involved in the legal profession, which is the best Pro this place has to offer.

    Cons

    Management smiles in your face and plots behind your back.

    Sometimes the attorneys and management speak down to you but eventually they just start treating you like you don't exist and you can just come and go as you please. (Maybe this should have been a Pro. )

    If you are good at your job and a hard worker, you'll be the person to get tons of work while your counterparts day drink at the local bar or simply come and go as they please.

    There is zero opportunity for advancement. Maybe a GS level or 2 if you get lucky and land a perm slot under 11. If you're term or a contractor, don't think they are going to ask you to stay or offer you a perm slot.

    Advice to Management

    Great job on retention of sub-par paralegals. It's about quantity, not quality, right?


  6. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time

    Pros

    Committed, mission driven peers
    Opportunity to work on a lot of different things

    Cons

    Some office politics
    Not always a great work/life balance
    Different direction from home office versus chapter

    Advice to Management

    They scheduled back to back interviews with 3 people and with candidates back to back also. It was very informative with the other positions they have open. They didn't give a eta on when they'll have an answer and haven't heard back.


  7. "My Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for new paralegals and college student. Enjoyed working in teams on various assignments and learning about various industries. Option to telework from home on occasion if needed, fitness center available. Overall decent experience

    Cons

    The job is what you make it. Could be more continuity, in house training, and consistency in some areas. Favoritism showed at times.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, not a bad place to work. Show that you truly care about all people, speak to your employees, listen to your employees, see what they want and need to succeed.

  8. "Great First Job Out of College"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DOJ Antitrust Division full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Very friendly community with lots of people fresh out of college
    -Attorneys are very encouraging and want you to learn about the law and the industry
    -Given a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    -Sometimes a lot of bureaucracy


  9. "Parelgal Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Engaging work that is on par of what a 1st year associate would do.

    Cons

    Not really an cons to this job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I cant think of anything.

    Cons

    The staff including management are very stand offish. The technology is way behind even for the government and this is partly due to management not holding people accountable (Contract company) due to personal relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and support their decisions. Allow them to manage their staff.