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New York County District Attorney Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, a lot of substantial responsibilities, great mentors if you want to go to law school or into law enforcement (in 6 reviews)

  • Learned a lot, very exciting work, worked with very smart attorneys (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, most of the day consists of pretty much data entry (in 11 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay for non-legal staff so stay away unless you plan to go to law school (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fun and positive experience for recent college grads"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York County District Attorney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work closely on very interesting investigations. The attorneys are friendly and personable. Overall it is a fantastic first job to have if you are just out of college and have an interest in a legal career.

    Cons

    Support staff is incredibly underpaid. There is little upward mobility within the job. If you are not interested in going to law school or working in the legal profession long term, this might not be the job for you.


  2. "Trial Bureau 70 Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York County District Attorney (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience for any undergrads who are thinking about going to law school. You get to follow around numerous ADAs, watch trials, participate in the investigation process, etc.

    Cons

    ADA's are juggling numerous cases at a time so they do not always have a lot of face time with their interns. So if you are a person who needs a lot of direction, this may not be the internship for you.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York County District Attorney full-time

    Pros

    Accessible by most subways and buses

    Cons

    If you do not have a grand desire to be a Prosecutor then this is not the place for you. This extremely duplicitous, toxic, highly political organization requires only those prospecttive employees that are compliant. Veiled behind a great reputation is an organization where great employees suffer through politics. Ideas are discussed but many fail in implementation. Non-legal employees are underpaid and merit pay is not based on contribution or skill. Many employees are unable to retire because of they have been underpaid and the NYC retirement plan only works if you have a combination of a high annual salary and a tenure over 20 years. Racism is overt. Nepotism is rampant. This place is a mess. Run.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote people based on their ability and not on politics. Merit pay should be considered for all employees and not just attorney's. The objectives should be the main concern of the organization and not on personal goals and objectives of those attempting to be in positions of authority.


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  5. "Intern software developer"

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    Current Employee - Intern Software Developer in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Intern Software Developer in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York County District Attorney (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly environment

    Cons

    Don't sponsor International students, offer less for software developer compare to private companies


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York County District Attorney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work right after college. Especially if you intend to go to Law school, great exposure to the criminal justice system, working with prosecutors, officers, and defense attorneys

    Cons

    Low Salary, working for the city you might not have the same level of dedication from all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Incentive based salary, working harder towards variable compensation. For non prosecutors there is not a lot of upward mobility within the DA's office unless you get a JD or become a full time investigator.


  7. "Trial Preparation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trial Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trial Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York County District Attorney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job before law school

    Cons

    Low pay working for the city

    Advice to Management

    More responsibility given to pre-law graduates


  8. "Trial Preparation Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York County District Attorney (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hardworking, friendly colleagues. Interesting cases, and fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Low pay and dated facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay, and update the facilities


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at New York County District Attorney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to new skills and sectors. Legal staff is energetic and motivated. Good benefits. Friendly coworkers. Interesting work. Chinatown location good for affordable meals.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Outdated facilities. Some outdated technology. Less motivation in non-legal departments. Micro-management from the top. Low pay. Not all benefits are equal for legal and non-legal staff. Dental coverage provided to non-legal staff, however, few practices accept the insurance and provide very low-quality care.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for staff employees. Improve building and work environment. Set equal benefits for legal and non-legal staff. For example, gym membership discount should apply to all employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worth the experience but would never do it again"

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    Former Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investigative Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work that keeps you busy and mentally active. Ability to interact with and assist people from all over the world. Great benefits and a rather flexible HR department. Mostly great colleagues - office is like one big family. Every day brings new challenges

    Cons

    Office technology is outdated. Salary is low. Office spends money on certain units only while others are falling apart. Office has a few ADA's in some bureaus that do not belong in public service. Office cares too much about its image. Little to no appreciation from management of support staff. The workload for one ADA is incompatible with justice.

    Advice to Management

    People leave the office because there is no room for growth and advancement. ECAB needs a major overhaul - an absurd amount of petty and hopeless cases are written up.


  11. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trial Preparation Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at New York County District Attorney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Phenomenal, diverse set of people to work with. Great work-life balance, especially if you are in the Trial Division. Many paid holidays and decent benefits. Great opportunity to learn a lot about the Criminal Justice system and work with one of the premier Prosecutor's offices in the country.

    Cons

    Low low pay that makes it very difficult to survive in NYC, especially if you have a family to support. No opportunities for advancement for support staff. There are a lot of people who have been in the same role for 20+ years. Very bureaucratic. Management seems to have unreal expectations when it comes to implementing or developing new programs and initiatives. Resources could be better utilized.



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