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Updated Jul 14, 2019

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Judicial Council of California CEO Tani G Cantil Sakauye
Tani G Cantil Sakauye
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  1. "There are far better places to work"

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

    I worked at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Public transit commuting cost reimbursement, knowledgeable, conscientious team members, nicely equipped offices, state employment gives you a real pension, 13 paid holidays and decent medical\dental benefits, lots of restaurants in the local area.

    Cons

    Cowardly, incompetent, brown-nosing sycophants installed in the management ranks that needs to hide behind studies conducted by expensive consultants rather than doing the right thing. Don't dare to bring up any issue that suggests the organization is doing things the wrong way or might be breaking the law. Don't ever take any issue to the fraud, waste and abuse coordinator as they actually coordinate fraud, waste...

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    Advice to Management

    1. "Grow Some". Learn to take ownership and responsibility for your decisions and stop hiding behind studies. 2. Fire "Team George" (the brown - nosers appointed by the chief justice) and democratize the judicial council 3. Fire "Team Vickrey" and cut the eight levels of management in half. 4. Do the right thing and hold management accountable by showing them the door. 5. Empower and fund the state auditor to completely...

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    Judicial Council of California2015-07-19
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Too much unnecessary BS."

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    Current Employee - Unknown, Due to Reclassification Study in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits used to be a significant positive aspect, but with recent changes to the pension plan, the pension benefits do not compensate for the overall compensation package.

    Cons

    Limited management skills results in a negative work environment. Limited advancement opportunities. Limited abilities to apply/grow skills. Reactive management mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and share it.

    Judicial Council of California2015-07-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working in the Judicial Branch of California pension benefits are accrued for years of service and there are 13 paid holidays.

    Cons

    The budget for the Judicial Branch has been gutted and wages and benefits are being slashed for all employees except upper management. The San Francisco offices will be moving to Sacramento.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and care about the employees many of whom have given their entire carriers for the branch. Stop padding your own salaries by cutting employee's salaries.

    Judicial Council of California2015-07-01
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Court Services Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Ability to focus on state-wide issues. Exposure to many different aspects of government. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It can be very bureaucratic, and fear-based: it takes courage to try new approaches and the management/executives/judicial officers at the top are scared to take chances. I think there are too many managers, senior-managers and above, which means that everything needs to get approved at a ridiculous number of levels. This agency has been vilified for years which has had a cumulative negative effect on morale, as well...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop using outside consulting companies. The internal employees end up having to do most of the work anyway and the products received are very cookie-cutter. The latest example is Fox Lawson, but there are numerous past examples such as with Deloitte. These contracts are typically very big cash cows for the consulting agencies and are poorly negotiated so they are very disadvantageous to the agency. These highly-paid...

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    Judicial Council of California2015-04-17
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Run by Judicial Council Watcher.com"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A few visionaries and intelligent leaders remain. Good benefits. The ongoing hops that things may get back on track abc the agency may go back to being able to do the good work it once did.

    Cons

    Management is so concerned about outside criticism that an agency that once made a significant difference to the Cal court system now operates with its hands tied. In other words, it has become just another bureaucracy. This has led to the loss of many of our best employees. Those who haven't left and aren't waiting for retiirement are interviewing elsewhere and sharing job announcements. Meanwhile, we wait for the final...

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    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone. Protect your employees. Don't become so focused on placating critics that you no longer support autonomy and creativity.

    Judicial Council of California2015-01-15
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Recent name change and correct website address"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    super-great benefits, you can learn government from inside, hardworking people to execute awesome programs for the courts.

    Cons

    Morale is very low, employees feel not valued by top management. The political craziness took over in the past few years and the constant changes are destroying the morale of the employees. Reduced, overworked staff to make the same programs and numbers than before, everyone is stressed.The telecommute program is too strict and outdated. Communication is constant, but inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    The JCC will do more and better if you turn into a people-driven organization, really and genuinely focused in improving your employees life at work and stop being too scared of stakeholders. Also, learn that modernization of ideas and processes is key to not only be more productive, but also to attract top professionals from the different areas. Be adept to the new productivity tools, such as online tools, agile management,...

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    Judicial Council of California2014-09-22
  7. "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California

    Pros

    Ability to take time off; furlough days - extra days off and work/life balance

    Cons

    Energy day to day, low energy office; dynamic employees

    Advice to Management

    N/A as I am a consultant

    Judicial Council of California2010-08-12
  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's a Government Job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California

    Pros

    State employees enjoy 13 holidays per year, on top of accruing time off at the rate of about 2 days per month (assuming a full-time position). Of course, the budget crisis has put some of these holidays in jeopardy. Health benefits are usually the reason why people stay for the long-term.

    Cons

    Too political to the point that nothing seems to get done. Add today's budget crisis and it is a less than ideal place to start your career or to grow it.

    Advice to Management

    You can't please all of the people all of the time or even some of the time. Make a decision and lead.

    Judicial Council of California2009-06-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Budget Woes make this an uphappy place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California

    Pros

    Flexibility with scheduling and plenty of time off.

    Cons

    We have furloughs there is too much concern over the potential of job loses.

    Judicial Council of California2012-03-23
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Negative"

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    Current Employee - Court Appointed Dependency Attorney in
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Judicial Council of California

    Pros

    Flexibility offered in work schedule as court appointed juvenile dependency attorney. Paid by Judicial Council on case by case hourly rate. Opportunity to learn, gain experience working with parents, minors in foster care and contribute efforts to positive result: rebuilding families. Some AOC employees are conscientious, helpful and respectful when communicating with members of legal community (court appointed attorneys).

    Cons

    AOC (Admin. Office of Courts) policy of forcing court appointed attorneys for dependency cases to accept flat rate 2 or 3 year "contracts" to provide services per County at ridiculously low rates that do not include reimbursement for expenses, overhead costs or out of the ordinary circumstances requiring additional attorney hours per case. For court appointed attorneys who do not accept contract terms offered by AOC,...

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    Advice to Management

    Find other ways to balance the budget than continuing to squeeze every dime from those juvenile dependency attorneys working under AOC contract or by court appointment. Reduce AOC staff and give up those "pet projects" that account for hundreds of millions of dollars that should be spent on keeping our court system open through budgetary tough times.

    Judicial Council of California2011-09-27
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