Legal Assistant (Current Employee), Fairfax, VA – February 5, 2013
Provide legal and technical support to Administrative Law Judges and other professional positions in the processing of claim filed under the provisions of the Social Security Act.
Responsible for developing and processing a request for hearing case from its receipt in the office of its completion, independently performing a wide range of case development – more... actions – less
Night Auditor (Former Employee), Decatur, Ga. – February 20, 2014
A typical day at work would be registering guest in and out of the hotel. Making sure that there are no discrepancy with there stay or bill. Setting up continental breakfast for guest daily with coffee. Closing out the night Audit, making sure that each guest bill with any extra charges are correctly paid and balances. Then downloaded to the appropriate – more... place. via, cash or credit card. – less
Legal Assistant/Secretary (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PA – February 17, 2014
During my time I acted as Legal Assistant/Secretary/ Clerk/ IT and everything else that my direct judge needed to me to be. Scheduling cases and setting up reporters and professionals that were needed for the cases.
Flex time for starting and stopping work. Avalible child care.
Legal Administration Specialist (Former Employee), Richmond, CA – February 10, 2014
Pros: we had a gym that could be used at lunch time or after work.
Cons: two 15 min breaks and 1/2 hr lunch. flex time.
A great place to work the training was outstanding. I love helping people to the fullest. Answering the telephone and working the cases. A typical day at work was working all the new claims first and processing the letters. Assisting coworkers when needed. The hardest part of the job was when you have to stop someones benefits and explain to them why – more... they will not be receiving a check that month or in the future. For example if a student turned 21 years of age and were receiving student benefits there checks would stop. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction i received from helping the claimants. If there was a problem and you had to go through the case to resolve the problem and put the person back in current pay. – less
Secure job, Good benefits, Can be stressfull. Very busy office environment. Good customer service skills required.
Social Security Claims Representative (Former Employee), Iselin, NJ – January 28, 2014
Pros: job security, benefits
Cons: can be stressfull at times.
Interviewing and adjudicating claims throughout the day. Explaining benefits and eligibility to the general public. learned good customer service skills. Management was fair. Set goals and expected productivity. Co workers were cooperative and at times worked in teams. The most difficult part of the job was at times dealing with belligerent,uncooperative – more... individuals. The most enjoyable part of the job was assisting the general public. Explaining benefits and options. Completing applications. Benefits, compensation, and job security is excellent. – less
CUSTOMER/TELESERVICE REP (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PA – January 14, 2014
Pros: flex time, vacation time
Cons: traveling too far to work (1 1/2 hr without traffic)
THE JOB WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I LEARN HOW SOCIAL SECURITY OPERATE ON A REGULAR DAY. MANAGEMENT WAS FAIR, MY CO WORKERS WERE A GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE TO WORK WITH. THE HARDEST PART OF THE JOB WAS TO KEEP THE CUSTOMERS HAPPY. THE MOST ENJOYABLE PART WAS WHEN I HELP THE CUSTOMERS TO GET WHAT THEY DESERVED AND A SMILE ON THEIR FACE.
Claims Representative (Current Employee), Indianapolis, IN – January 12, 2014
Pros: job security and diversity
Cons: health benefits, "political red tape"
I have learned so much since I started working for Social Security. With our primary goal of public service, I discovered many ways of communication with my claimants, learned quite a lot of diversity, culture, and social responsibility. I have learned to adjust to Social Security's ever-changing policies and procedures. Flexibility is key, I have learned – more... how to adjust to the times (economy, unemployment, a person's struggles not only for themselves, but their family as well.) The thing I enjoy most is the sense of accomplishment in knowing I have helped people. – less
Good Job opportunities and security. Currently understaffed which affects the quality of work provided to public.
Claims Representative (Former Employee), Miami, FL – January 12, 2014
Pros: working with the public, job security, good health and retirement benefits, advancement opportunities
Cons: short lunch breaks, understaffing.
A typical day began at 7:00am and ended at 3:30pm with 1/2 hr for lunch and two 15 minute breaks. Before interviewing began at 8:30- to 9am, I would work on pending cases or participate in staff meetings, training. Interviewing was conducted until 3:00pm and the balance of the day was working pending cases. My employment with SSA taught me to be a supportive – more... and helpful team member while acquiring good interviewing skills. Organizational skills were also highly regarded due to the excessive amounts of cases. This helped me to keep my cases as current as possible and to prioritize my workload. Management was always helpful and supportive. As in many work places, difficult co-workers could be encountered, however I always extended the same respect and patience as with my interviews. The most difficult part of my job was dealing with understaffing which created back logs and delays in case processing. This adversely impacted the public which was always my main concern. The most enjoyable part of my job was the fulfillment of assisting and educating the public, along with the opportunity I was provided to train fellow co-workers and mentor new employees. – less
A work environment which allowed for growth and flexibility in raising my children
Paralegal Specialist (Current Employee), Tampa, FL – January 4, 2014
Pros: flexible work and leave
Cons: takes time to advance depending on the current personnel
I have enjoyed a long career with the Federal Government starting when I left high school in 1970. I worked in Washington, DC for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a stenographer pool and then with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare with a group of attorneys that wrote legislation. The men and women I worked with were graduates of – more... ivy league colleges such as Harvard, took me under their wing and honed my skills. I resumed my career after the birth of my son in Tampa, FL at the Social Security Administration in 1980. I served in many capacities in the office from a typist to a paralegal specialist. The hardest part of my current job is drafting a decision, sometimes with scant direction, to comply with the social security regulations. However, I enjoy working independently. One of my favorite jobs in the office was a technical lead in a group that serviced four Administrative Law Judges. I was responsible for the flow of the work and training individuals. – less
Legal Technician (Former Employee), Wichita, Ks. – December 30, 2013
Pros: flex hours, pay, benefits
Cons: knowing that people were desperate to receive benefits, were in distress with medical conditions out of their control.
Reviewed medical records, arranged them in chronological order preparing them the Administrative Law Judge review and hearing. Scheduled hearings, spoke to clients, attorneys, other staff regarding disability issues.
Hardest part of the job was mailing out denials to people you felt were truly disabled but had been disallowed by the Administrative – more... Law Judge.
Co-workers were fun, was well liked and still have friends working there. – less