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  1. "GlassDoor"

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    Current Employee - PROGRAM MANAGER/OPERATIONS MANAGER in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - PROGRAM MANAGER/OPERATIONS MANAGER in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at United States Court of Appeals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked with the AOUSC for over 7 Yrs and I am very comfortable in the situations that arise.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.


  2. "50/50"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Clerk in Douglasville, GA
    Current Employee - Deputy Clerk in Douglasville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable work flow and job.

    Cons

    Hard for advancement if you don't play the game.

    Advice to Management

    Judge employees on work performed not on who you are in bed with.

  3. "Best Job - Low Pay"

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    Former Employee - Judicial Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Judicial Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting work with extremely dedicated and talented people involved in cases just below the US Supreme Court; excellent benefits

    Cons

    Salaries top out early on and have no chance of increases


  4. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and the working conditons, at least at my unit, are excellent. Contrary to most IT jobs, you are not expected to work extra hours. Excellent benefits by today's standards. Job security. Very little abilityof management to reward excellence with increased compensation.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, as would be expected. No civil service protecton.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Seventh Circuit hires great people. I was a law clerk for one year. My co-clerks were excellent. The judges are great to work for and very collegial with one another.

    Cons

    As a law clerk, you don't have a lot of opportunities for a long-term job. My clerkship was just one year long.


  6. "Has been a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work/personal balance, good folks to work with.

    Cons

    Due to budgetary crisis, it is a bit scary to know what the future holds.


  7. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at United States Court of Appeals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have good health and retirement benefits, plus you get the federal holidays.

    Cons

    you have to be patient with a slow-moving organization, Judges are Gods literally, and middle managers do a lot of posturing and positioning like they are politicians. A lot of committees, talk and philosophy, little movement. Contracting companies get a huge piece of the pie.

    Advice to Management

    Work for the People, not the system.

  8. "Opportunity to learn from others"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Even though you might be the only one doing your type of work in the entire district, there are 90+ other districts around the country where similar work is being done - you have a huge network in which to share best practices and to vet ideas. It also feels good to help (in however small a way) provide access to a fair a speedy trial for the people of this country.

    Cons

    Of course, the US Courts are part of federal government, so salary progression is virtually non-existent (2011-2013 COLA freeze) while cost of living continues to increase. There are no bonuses like equivalent positions in private sector would receive on top of their salary - and unless you joined the federal government in the mid-80's, the defined benefit pension plan is neglible (the feds have also made the move to put the investment risk on the employee with their 403b defined contribution plans). But money isn't everything, right?


  9. "Excellent place to work."

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work environment and interesting work.

    Cons

    red tape and bureaucratic nature of organization.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Judicial law clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work hours, substantive legal work, collegial atmosphere, variety of cases, travel to desirable locations for oral argument calendars, and more

    Cons

    Appellate work is monastic by nature so it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Travel can be a downside if it's not convenient for your family situation, but it's generally not that onerous and I imagine accommodations can be made now that oral arguments are live streamed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the g good work. From what I have experienced and what I have heard from others, the only major complaint about the job is rhe monastic nature of it, which I'm not sure can really be changed much, not any management issues.


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