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Santa Clara Superior Court Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. "Staff attorney"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Santa Clara Superior Court (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, colleagues and hours

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced and stressful


  2. "Courtroom Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Santa Clara Superior Court full-time

    Pros

    Autonomous in courtroom. Daily interaction with public, lawyers and Court staff.

    Cons

    Supervisor with control issues and the inability to allow staff to accomplish their work without finding fault. No salary increase in almost 8 years for lower level staff; Judges and upper management received large increases over same time frame.

    Advice to Management

    Provide Supervisors with training in working well with others. Provide better compensation package for staff, and negotiate unions contracts fairly. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

  3. "courtroom clerk"

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    Former Employee - Curtroom Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Curtroom Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Santa Clara Superior Court full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great salary and benefits, great work hours. not a lot of overtime for people with families. the staff is great and there is many awesome co workers

    Cons

    an organization filled with benefits for the friends of managment

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees


  4. "Horrible, horrible, horrible place to work."

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    Current Employee - Legal Process Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Process Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Santa Clara Superior Court full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    NOTHING well, maybe the benefits but if you don't have kids, enjoy paying your worthless coworkers' insurance benefits for their kids.

    Cons

    Everything. If you have half a brain and wish to move forward the ONLY way is to be there forever. They consistently pass up the few good workers in favor of those who have union seniority. If you like being nitpicked to death, with supervisors who barely understand the job watching your every move...this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Dump the union. Impossible I know but without getting rid of them they will never cut out the dead weight.


  5. "A new perspective and appreciation of our court system and its people"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Santa Clara Superior Court as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people at the courts are more than willing to share their experiences and give you tips on what to do if you want to work in the legal system. The judges I have met by interning here are probably the best people I've ever met in my life - not only are they smart but they are caring and understanding people. On that note, people who do not work or intern for a judge ought to never insult one - you have no idea how much work they put trying to make the system fair for everyone.

    Cons

    The court cafe is kind of shabby - renovation time? But I guess not because the Santa Clara county has no money....

    Advice to Management

    The city ought to give more money to the court to hire more judges to take the load of the few judges who are taking on the weight of the entire county of Santa Clara's court matters... then there wouldn't be a days/weeks of waiting time.


  6. "Santa Clara superior court"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours. Great location, with lots of options for lunch nearby. Also a lot of parking either in a lot of on the street.

    Cons

    Very short lunch break. Parking can be expensive. Not easily accessible by public transportation. A lot of security which can be annoying at times .

    Advice to Management

    Provide free parking to interns who cannot afford to pay the high parking rates. Allow for a longer lunch break so that lunch does not have to be rushed.


  7. "Finance Intern"

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

    I worked at Santa Clara Superior Court as an intern

    Pros

    people are very helpful and nice

    Cons

    too many relaxed times and have to do that

  8. "Super nice mentor, valuable experience for Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Santa Clara Superior Court as an intern

    Pros

    working for accounting department which using SAP and you will get wonderful experience related to governmental accounting. Everyone is super nice and really want to help you to learn. Flexible time

    Cons

    no parking for Intern, you have to park a bit far from the Court (15 mins walking) and non-paid internship


  9. "Good."

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

    Pros

    Medical and retirement benefits, pension.

    Cons

    Union-based class and grade system.

    Advice to Management

    Implement performance reviews, link to pay scale.


  10. "Very Satisified and Proud"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Very educated workforce in the Silicon Valley which translate into educated incoming government workforce (rare in public sector)
    - Offers educational reimbursement and valuable classes both inside and outside of employer setting
    - Pay is competitive for area in public sector
    - Constantly trying to think outside the box (this is rare for public sector)

    Cons

    - Level of competence of higher management is low (typical for public sector)
    - Lots of "red tape" (but again typical for public sector)

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, you need more institutional education rather than relying on 30 years of work experience. This is especially so in the Silicon Valley.