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Middlesex District Attorney's Office Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "3:03"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of experience; let you prepare and argue motions

    Cons

    if you were a juvie 3:03 you were stuck there, district court 3:03's definitely got more experience


  2. "Payroll"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Middlesex District Attorney's Office full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work! I enjoy the people I work with.

    Cons

    There are no cons.

  3. "Prosecutor"

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    Former Employee - Assistant District Attorney in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant District Attorney in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great courtroom experience trying cases and arguing motions. Amazing experience working with other prosecutors in a team environment.

    Cons

    There was a lack of clarity regarding the path to promotions and the office often assigned prosecutors to courts for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly identify how district court prosecutors will be evaluated for promotions and seek input regarding district court assignments. Long commutes.


  4. "Really great experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookline, MA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookline, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a great summer intern program if you're interested in Policy/Law, or thinking about going to Law School. I got to go to court several times to view the whole process and figure out if it's something I wanted to do. The staff is great and helpful.

    Cons

    Don't really have any cons, but if you're not in law school yet, expect to be doing a lot of busy work/filing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great intern program!


  5. "Former"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Busy country, particularly Lowell. You get exposed to a lot of court time rather quickly. A great opportunity to get trial experience early in your career.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible. The courtroom janitors make more money than the new ADAs. I'm not sure how the state thinks people can live on that salary. Not really an employer issue, as the state sets the pay.


  6. "3:03 Student Prosecutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get your own cases and get to work them start to finish. You also get assigned to do motions.

    Cons

    If you're in juvenile court, you get stuck in juvenile court and don't really get to go to district court. Juvenile court has a lot less motions.


  7. "Great overall, missing some details."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office as an intern

    Pros

    --In this role, if you reach out for work, you will be noticed and appreciated. THis bleeds over into cons because when you're an intern given not much work, there should be an easy way to find work if when asked, no one gives you any.
    --Interns are rarely asked to work more hours than advertised. This is another way to stand out though, if you simply offer to stay however late is needed and then follow through on that offer.

    Cons

    --If you're stuck in a section that's not giving you work, you could be stranded with no recourse. Ask anyone senior to you for work or ask that person how to find work.
    --They have a huge program, you have to make yourself standout. Again, this makes sense in an intern program at an office where it's competitive to get a job.
    --As will happen in any DA's Office, some supervisors/ADAs are hard to work with and some of the support staff you'll have to work with are not well qualified/don't have relevant skills anymore. Of course that latter issue will change as a new set of paralegals become retirees.

    Advice to Management

    So, continuing the above thought, there should be an overall intern supervisor that actually focuses on the program. For example, s/he should create a database or document dump for extra work that interns can take on. For another example, this could involve just a simple listserve/outlook email group that any ADA can email with work requests.

  8. "Was great under all prior administrations but has drastically gone down hill."

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

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, coworkers, and mission.

    Cons

    Terrible current leadership and hostile environment.


  9. "Rewarding job, always exciting, but executive powered and poor pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun, exciting job-every case is different so it keeps things fresh. Great time off policies. Overall excellent place to work.

    Cons

    Poor pay makes it extremely difficult to pay the bills. Executive floor is very power heavy and a number of them treat you like an ant on their boot.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more. Base raises on hard work, not only length of service.


  10. "Good overall."

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    Former Employee - ADA in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - ADA in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Middlesex District Attorney's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's no better, more important job. Every day has job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Pay, stress, hours- ok when in your 20s and single. Even most senior ADAs make little.