Auditor (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 18, 2018
Organization is top heavy with executives that get paid huge salaries at the State of California tax payers expense. Worst run organization I have ever worked for. This organization keeps the stereotype of government workers and waste alive.
Admin/Fiscal Support Technician (Former Employee) – Sacramento, CA – September 4, 2018
In spite of the potential for the job to be managed in a rigid, inflexible manner, I enjoyed far more autonomy than I had initially expected. Even though I was in a temporary, entry level position, I felt valued and respected by coworkers and executives alike.
Private (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – August 14, 2018
I enjoyed learning from smart professional co-workers and having a solid and knowledgeable mentor. Many people have worked here for a long time, and the culture can be a bit stagnant with people stuck in their ways. Overall I very much enjoyed my experience and co-workers.
Analyst (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 28, 2016
Horrible place to work. Many depts are bad. Worse are HR and Legal. Long term employees with only 1 or 2 exceptions never get promoted. Though in Legal, new employees are treated much better than long term emp. Managenent believe if youve worked there for 2 weeks you know more than staff there for years. New emp are paid more than old staff. Support staff in particular are treated very poorly. The legal office is in seriously bad shape with major staff leaving in droves. Staff are lied to and treated poorly. Stay away.
Regional Manager, Facilities Operations (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 21, 2016
The economy and poor management (not by the Chief Justice, who is a role model) have had the Judicial Council on the decline since 2008, and this is no longer someplace I could recommend to anyone to work. People think working for the government is going to be 8 to 5, too, but it is far from it these days, as a caveat to anyone with that stereotype. The employment is very low paying except at the top, and not "secure" as people assume for government work, as well.
The branch compares favorably to DGS, still.
Poor pay, poor management, increasingly poor service to superior courts.
Supervisor (Current Employee) – San Francisco, Ca. – June 28, 2012
Judicial Council of California is the policy making body for the California Judiciary. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), is the staff agency to the Judicial Council and located adjacent to the Supreme Court in San Francisco. My unit provides the underlying operational and logistical support for the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Judicial Council. Our services include records management; copy and print production; shipping, mail, fulfillment and receiving services; CAPS database management; scanning & digitization; general reception; transportation services; event and meeting planning; conference center oversight; and temporary clerical support.
Employment within the California State Government is described as public service.
Office of Court Construction and Management (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 13, 2012
The California Judicial Branch is the least influential branch of government within the state of California. The Administrative Office of the Courts is very heavy on management and political complications. If you can get a position with a good manager, keep your head down and do well, but not too well. No good deed goes unpunished.
Horrible job -- wish I had never heard of this place.
Secretary II / HR Administrative Support (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 2, 2014
Old fashioned. Political. Shrewd.
If you don't own a red "power tie" then you'll be largely ignored by a lot of senior management, who still feel that it's the 1980s. The HR department for the AOC was egregiously mismanaged, cruel and manipulative and hardly served to the benefit of the courts or California, despite their motto.
I literally heard my co-workers weep in misery from the other side of the cubicle walls, daily and in the Human Resources department.
Run. Run far and run fast away from this place.
Little visibility, a lot of busywork and self congratulating. Poor work culture, environment and life balance.
Attorney (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 3, 2016
As an attorney, I have found this to be a very rewarding place to work. There is an enormous amount of innovative work in attempting to address issues/challenges through legislation, policy, and Rules of Court. Some frustration when what seem like simple solutions are not approved by the Legislature.
Constantly challenged with interesting work and difficult issues.
Extremeley challenging environment; demoralizing; a handful of really bright people and many more people waiting for retirment
Senior Court Services Analyst (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – May 14, 2013
The Administrative Office of the Courts is not currently an employer that is able to support its employees in any way. There is no opportunity for advancement, no attempt to foster a positive culture, no integrity on the part of leadership as related to employees and no culture of professional development.
A few smart employees make big impacts in access to justice and serve the people of California.
Very negative environment, unspoken managerial agenda, likely move to Sacramento, no support of staff, no reason to how people are advanced, very little opportunity to advance, accomplishmnets are rarely awarded in an important way
Analyst (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 24, 2015
The Judicial Council of California is a great place to work. There has been some recent restructuring, but I think it has been to the benefit of the mission. The people there work hard, and get things done. It's a solid place to find professional meaning.
Make a big difference for the courts and the state of California.
There aren't always pathways to advancement, but you can make lateral moves.
Real Estate Portfolio Analyst (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 25, 2012
Managed new statewide cost reduction initiatives which lead to new experiences and expansion of skills, coupled with supportive professional staff and upbeat environment. Great industry exposure and networking opportunities.
great work environment, great benefits for employees
Senior Construction Inspector (Retired) (Former Employee) – Covered Northern Ca and Southern Ca – October 4, 2014
Administrative Office of the Courts/Judicial Council of California is not an employer that is able to support its employees in any way shape or form. No good deed goes unpunished within the AOC. There is no opportunity for advancement, no attempt to foster a positive culture, no integrity on the part of leadership as related to employees and no culture of professional development, there is no support of staff, accomplishments are rarely recognized, decisions are undermined. The construction inspector has been placed under the supervision of risk management; the manager thumbed through the code book and understands the whole building code process. Be very cautious on what you do and what you say with the Administrative Office of the Courts/Judicial Council of California.
Staff Analyst (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 23, 2014
The paid time off, including lots of holidays, is very generous and should not be overlooked. Other than that, benefits are so-so, worse if you are comparing to tech companies.
There are some pockets of this agency that are ok, but overall management is poor, promising great things that they can't deliver. Most prominently, the opportunity for advancement is mostly nonexistent. Much of this is due to state budgetary issues, so JC management isn't entirely to blame. However, they do nothing to compensate for that. For example, telecommuting became much more restricted in the year before I left.
If you are an attorney, this can be a great place to work. For anyone else, it really depends on which group you work in within the agency.
Also, in terms of culture, be aware that this is mostly older people with families. They tend to care a lot about the wellbeing of the agency, but mostly because they're worried about job security (which is understandable).
generous paid time off, reasonable hours
lack of opportunities, poor management, boring office environment