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US Department of Justice Washington DC Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Litigation support is not on par with the private sector (in 19 reviews)

  • Unpaid, long hours, restrictive work because of security clearance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Trial attorney"

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    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Interesting and important work. Great litigation experience. Can handle most cases independently.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy. Internal turf fights with other divisions and components.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "They'll keep getting away with it until someone intervenes."

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    federal employment, all the benefits that come with it, no nights or weekends, overtime if you can get it and the supervisor isn't taking it all

    Cons

    This agency is grossly understaffed, management looks out for management, the entire agency is staffed by attorneys to protect management even when you have supervisors outright committing fraud and abusing their staff. You'll be told to shut up and do your work or find employment elsewhere. The staff are treated like they are incompetent miscreants who are just paper pushers and are lucky to have a federal job even though many of them are more educated than their supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, hire more people, pay them what they deserve. If you don't, the immigration courts will always be a revolving door.

  3. "Attorney- Engaging work, your mileage may vary"

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    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, lots of responsibility from the start.

    Cons

    Workload can vary a lot by your division, section, team, and individual caseload. Can be overwhelming in both responsibility and time commitment.


  4. "Facilities Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Facility Operations in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Facility Operations in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Need to build better teams


  5. "Government Lawyers"

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    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality people; good work and life balance.

    Cons

    Pay has not kept us with the private sector.


  6. "Great People - Poor retention"

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    Current Employee - Unit Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Unit Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Education and Training Opportunities, Leave Policy, Pension

    Cons

    Low salary commensurate with responsibilities and industry standards, bureaucracy that impedes performance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining the best of your human capital and not ignoring the middle


  7. "Program Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Program Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I guess beneftis, smart card benefits monthly

    Cons

    I hate it, I am former Military and all the equipment and processes are antiquated! When you suggest a change everyone looks at you like you are crazy. Its chaotic I feel like no one listens in the Division I work in.

    Advice to Management

    Employee Development...

  8. "Financial Management Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Working for the government and I have worked for a few governmetn agencies. (DoD, GSA, Dept. of Justice) when I started was the best place to work. They had excellent benefits, retirement fund and TSP was worth it. There was some very nice caring individuals and you could get excellent training, upward mobility was great. You got a lot of on the job training and if you were in a good office your employees would train you and guide you in the right direction.

    Cons

    When I left the government was changing, you one can tell how to get into the government now. Do you take a test or just self certify. No raises, no more upward mobility, no more promotions (only if someone likes you) too much office politics, multi-tasking, gossip. Less training, no good guidance from your employees or supervisors. Now every job in the government you must have a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Upward mobility, hire more young people give on the job training, Every position you don't or should not have to have a Master or Bachelor Degree. Each one teach one lets help someone be better. Let's put Americans back to work. Learn to be fair to all employees. Have more Indians than Chiefs work together.


  9. "Criminal Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    DOJ is a large government agency with many departments. There are many opportunities.

    Cons

    I have not had a negative experience.

    Advice to Management

    Good organization.


  10. "Good experience if interested in law school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Justice (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great contact with experienced attorneys. Kind people. Overtime available.

    Cons

    Low salary. Occasional menial tasks such as photocopying and making binders.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


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