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US Department of Justice Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 18, 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 15 reviews)

  • tedious, could be boring at times, could work long hours some times (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits, great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - INTERPOL Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - INTERPOL Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great benefits, making a difference in the international/domestic law enforcement field.

    Cons

    more structured management, increase pay

    Advice to Management

    make sure you take good care of your employees


  2. "Law Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The staff help employees develop skills, as well as ask questions and grow within a certain area of expertise.

    Cons

    The work of an intern law clerk, although varied, is challenging at first for one who has never encountered legal language and paperwork.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "For litigators, nothing compares"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is fairly well known that the investigative and courtroom experience afforded to young lawyers in the criminal division at main justice far exceeds that of their law firm contemporaries. The quality of the attorneys you work beside is generally, albeit not universally, pretty top shelf as well.

    Cons

    Salary at the end of the scale is less than a first year at a firm. Travel can be tough depending on the section. Support staff are generally lousy, and case management resources are lacking. Management isn't always well suited to the role, but that is often equally so in the private sector.


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  5. "Good job - pay scale below par"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CPA in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - CPA in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work...chance to travel. High pressure, no raises for years...which after increases in health care costs and increases in Social Security wage levels, actually lowered real w2 pay for five plus years. All in all - with exception of pay - a great experience. Govt work is probably best for those who are independently wealthy due to earlier career success

    Cons

    Pay level continues to be below private industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Create more advancement potential in line with private industry


  6. Helpful (1)

    "doj"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    interesting work, good salary, good benefits

    Cons

    supervisors were unpleasant, work was somewhat repetitive


  7. "Paralegal Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    learn about the law, decent pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    tedious, could be boring at times, could work long hours some times


  8. "Web Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drupal Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Drupal Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. My contract was too short there.

    Cons

    Short contract there. Lunch was overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    Good job Keep up the good work.


  9. "Great Experience at ENRD (Environment & Nat. Resources Division)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The attorneys you work with care deeply about interns' experiences and make great effort to keep us in the loop about meetings, briefings, guest speakers, office events, etc. and to get to know us on a more personal level over coffee or lunch. They trusted us with important projects and were always ready to offer a helping hand, letter of rec, etc.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, office not the most aesthetically pleasing, non-flexible hours


  10. "Civil Rights Division - Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Networking, career advice, challenging work, and performance reviews were constant.

    Cons

    More perspective and work directly from the attorneys would be nice, but they were all very accessible.


  11. "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kind attorneys who value their support staff. Amazingly interesting cases, it really doesn't get any better then this in terms of content and emotional charge, the forefront of allot of important cases and changing laws. Truly in the best in that regard.

    Cons

    The managers and supervising individuals of the support staff are tremendously abusive. This seems to be rampant through out all the divisions, with emphasis on the FOIA division. This creates an unbelievably strange situation with regards to the difference in interactions. On the one hand the lawyers are the best I've ever been around but privately some treatment bordering on harassment is aimed at the paralegals from their supervisors and there is no communication between the two tiers.

    Advice to Management

    to the chiefs, the reason we are cycling out of your department so quickly has nothing to do with the work load, its the unacceptable abuse dished out by the managers and supervisors, please address this


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