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US Department of Justice Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • Management isn't always well suited to the role, but that is often equally so in the private sector (in 18 reviews)

  • tedious, could be boring at times, could work long hours some times (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is rather enjoyable.

    Cons

    Sometimes management needs more experience dealing with humans, rather than machines.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Big Cases"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Main DOJ is the best for the size and importance of cases that it brings. Good track to law firm.

    Cons

    Depending on what section you are in, trials are few and far between. There is also a lot of travel required to work your cases effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the job offer radius to include those without Ivy League pedigree or prestigious clerkship. Main DOJ would be much better served by former ADA's and APD's who know how to try a case.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary every two weeks and health benefits. Awareness of the immigration laws. Court experience. Compressed working schedule.

    Cons

    Overworked, overloaded, favouritism, nepotism, no promotion potential.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the work load assigned to Legal Assistants and stop blantely favoring employees. Treat employees with respect and consideration. Without Legal Assistants, judges would not be able to conduct their every day work. Some judges treat employees like second class citizens because they carry the "judge" title and expect employees to treatbthem like gods. Most of them strive on having their egos inflated and only those employees that stroke their egos are favored.


  4. "Appellate Attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I had a wonderful career at DOJ for over three decades. The highest caliber legal work.

    Cons

    Increasingly bureaucratic. Managers seem more intent on your fulfilling bureaucratic tasks (which make them look good to their superiors) than the substance of the legal work.

    Advice to Management

    Retire!!


  5. "Mixed review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work; good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Inconsistent treatment of employees in similar jobs.


  6. "Great opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Investigating fraud on the taxpayers. Making a difference for our nation. Being on the right side of justice. Learning from great talent.

    Cons

    Not enough litigation and court time. Travel a significant amount. Not enough active litigation. Overall great though! Best job I've had.


  7. "Assistant United States Attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time

    Pros

    significant meaning in the work; interesting work

    Cons

    political atmosphere affects job; salary

  8. "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Your colleagues will be some of the smartest people in the field

    Cons

    Cannot negotiate salary because of GS scale


  9. "Job security doing important work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging important work and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Chronically understaffed and poor management. Non-existent work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency in the decisions and direction the section is headed in. Favoritism in the workplace undermines morale.


  10. "United States Department of Justice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Hours can be long depending on Division.

    Cons

    None to my knowledge here.


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