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Judicial Council of California Reviews

Updated September 2, 2017
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  1. "Judicial Council"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Some really amazing people

    Cons

    Low salary compared to private sector


  2. "RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Judicial Council of California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The PTO is substantial - other than that its a terrible place to work

    Cons

    Terrible place to work

    Advice to Management

    eliminate middle management and hire more employees

  3. "Extremely Dysfunctional"

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

    I worked at Judicial Council of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days

    Cons

    Too many to list, including hostile environment, low morale, and discrimination. Supervisors have almost no training and people are not respected for their expertise. You have to constantly watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Replace upper management, more training for middle management, and try creating a functional, supportive environment for all.


  4. "great financial system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time

    Pros

    Have a great financial system which takes advantage of the full potential of an ERP system.

    Cons

    Lack authority to require courts to make corrections when advising of incorrect accounting practices which can be frustrating.


  5. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Judicial Council of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An agency full of really bright and committed people, well-versed in policy. Access to great information and research.

    Cons

    LOTS of politics, and most people have little or no direct experience working in the courts. Not always aware of impact of statewide policy on individual courts.

    Advice to Management

    Hire subject matter experts that have hands-on experience implementing policy in governmental agencies.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really like my job and work with good people and good leadership. They are respectable and intelligent. New leadership at the top level seems forward thinking.

    Cons

    Quality of leadership and jobs varies based on the office/department. Not all of them are good.


  7. "Worked in Information Technology for five years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dedicated team that really cares about their mission to support the California courts, working to upgrade to modern technologies and processes

    Cons

    Biggest hurdle is the budget, as the legislature doesn't understand just how big the needs are and how important equal access to justice is.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to modernize and leverage cloud-based technologies

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a Service Organization"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are very helpful if you leave over age 50 with at least 5 years of CalPERS service credit. There are still pockets of high performance in the organization and a few managers left who are consummate, committed professionals.

    Cons

    It's a dark time in branch history. The Judicial Council no longer serves the needs of the state court system. Executive level management reacts to pubic scrutiny, or "management by blog," instead of doing the right things for the right reasons and standing up for those decisions. The Since the paradigm is not one of service, many courts find the Judicial Council "irrelevant now." Achievers are painted to the door, because there is a culture that if you do not actually DO anything, there is nothing to be criticized about. Very risk averse. Employees suffer from lack of leadership and appreciation. No sense of urgency in action. It's a shame, because in the late 2000s until the economy collapsed, it was an outstanding place to work, growing, with a vision and clear direction, and leaders with backbones instead of thin skin.

    Advice to Management

    The pendulum needs to swing. Service should be central to what the Judicial Council does. And, hang onto the last vestige of managers who remain who care and can get the right things done that make a difference, standing by the decisions they make and making a difference for the courts and people of CA. The courts need the help the Judicial Council can and at some points provided, so please provide it and become relevant again.


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    "Contracts Managers / Procurement Managers Beware"

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    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Judicial Council of California (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unless you consider low pay, a horrible work environment, and a senior management with no concern at all for their employees a good thing, avoid this organization like the plague.

    Cons

    Pay is not anywhere in the range of industry standards. This organization just put its employees through a gut wrenching 3 year process to evaluate the worth of every position, and downgraded the salaries of many employees.
    Do not expect that you will be able to advance, regardless of what you are told. If new positions are created in the Procurement area, they are filled by individuals from outside the organization.
    This organization does not want people who write and negotiate contracts. It wants clerks to "process" work. Job content is uninteresting, repetitive, and difficult owing to the fact that the management of the Procurement function has a million rules, all of which are enforced / broken as the occasion fits.
    Once hired, you will be treated as a disposable cog in a wheel. These functions are not perceived as adding worth to the organization and the rest of the organization treats you with contempt, including the manager of Procurement who shouts at people.
    Do not expect your experience here to be valued by possible future employers. The longer you stay here the more distant you get from the private world.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what contracts management and procurement is about in the private sector and emulate it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Me"

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

    Pros

    Overall benefits definitely outweighs the pay.
    You can definitely have a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pay for new hires should be based on past experience and not starting people at the minimum range of the pay band.
    No metrics for measuring employee's performance.
    Environment does not foster growth within unit.
    There should be open communication from your manager to form trust.

    Advice to Management

    Learning and Development should implement training on leadership skills for existing supervisors/ managers. Just because one has been a manager for 10+ years does not mean they can effectively manage people. Your people are your most valuable assets. Think of how much more they will do for you if you treat them right.


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