Pros: lots of time off that's always granted, good medical plans, interesting work
Cons: can't survive on the low pay; little to no upward mobility
I started as a Judicial Clerk Associate in the Justice Courts where I worked for a little over 2 years then moved on to Courtroom Clerk where I've been there for close to 3 yrs now. Lots of job security but I can't afford to move out of my parents' house. Lots of paid time off granted, but no raises, no upward mobility.
JUDICIAL CLERK (JUSTICE COURTS)
*High volume and busy from morning till end of the day; never boring; get to wear a lot of hats and see a lot of different case types
*Very low paying (usually start around $13 per hour)
*No raises / have to promote to get pay increase and there are no promotion offers regularly made - maybe 1 position once a year - maybe.
*Very good work/life balance - lots of vacation time offered and granted when asked to utilize it
*Family oriented environment / lots of pot-lucks and holiday parties
*Proud to do public service work
*Co-workers unsophisticated, uneducated and get pretty ridiculous if you talk about your plans for law school or the like; I wouldn't leak that information to anyone but the judges if I had to do that again
*Learn laws about traffic, small claims, evictions, and order of protection
*Co-workers more sophisticated, many have degrees
*Little room for socialization so it gets lonely
*Good work-life balance; lots of vacation/time off always granted
*Very challenging in the beginning but is like second nature once you've been there about a year and starts to get pretty boring because you only type the minutes. That's it.
*Lots of self-management required here; little supervision
*Great job if going to – more... school at night (after the first year)
*ZERO upward mobility; raises granted annually but are abysmally low so you barely see a difference
MARICOPA COUNTY (OVERALL)
Lots of jobs are always available within the county and they always encourage growth and exploring other types of positions within the county - just doesn't pay enough unless you're in a management position (or a special trade ie; psychologist, web developer) - and management usually takes around a decade to get into (from what I've seen at my office) because management is usually hired within and according to seniority so you'll likely be waiting in line for a while before its your turn to be the boss. – less