Judicial Council of California Employee Reviews

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Management top heavy
Auditor (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 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.
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everything but benefits
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a great environment
Admin/Fiscal Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CASeptember 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.
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Opportunities for Learning
Private (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAAugust 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.
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Do not apply unless you like abuse
Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CASeptember 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.
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None
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Everything
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Not What It Used To Be!
Regional Manager, Facilities Operations (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CASeptember 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.
Pros
The branch compares favorably to DGS, still.
Cons
Poor pay, poor management, increasingly poor service to superior courts.
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Great place. Dedicated employees.
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.
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Employment within the California State Government is described as public service.
Office of Court Construction and Management (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 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.
Pros
hq is in san francisco
Cons
state employment is unstable now.
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Horrible job -- wish I had never heard of this place.
Secretary II / HR Administrative Support (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 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.
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None.
Cons
Little visibility, a lot of busywork and self congratulating. Poor work culture, environment and life balance.
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Great place for attorneys to work
Attorney (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CASeptember 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.
Pros
Constantly challenged with interesting work and difficult issues.
Cons
Lack of telecommuting option.
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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, CAMay 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.
Pros
A few smart employees make big impacts in access to justice and serve the people of California.
Cons
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
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Strong team atmosphere
Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAOctober 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.
Pros
Make a big difference for the courts and the state of California.
Cons
There aren't always pathways to advancement, but you can make lateral moves.
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Challenging, dynamic, and fast paced.
Real Estate Portfolio Analyst (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 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.
Pros
great work environment, great benefits for employees
Cons
severe state budget cuts
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Not a place to work
Senior Construction Inspector (Retired) (Former Employee) –  Covered Northern Ca and Southern CaOctober 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.
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No support form the manager or co-workers
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Excellent
Information Technology Manager, ERP (Current Employee) –  SF, CAJuly 18, 2017
The most enjoyable about this job is that it's for an organization that represents something. Providing equal justice and supporting that mission makes it easy to go to work daily.
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I enjoyed working for the staff at our 58 county courts
Pay & Benefits Specialist I (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAOctober 3, 2015
Our staff assisted our assigned court's HR staff with payroll questions and issues that came up. We also helped the court's staff finalize their payroll on a bi-weekly basis.
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Average company
Administrator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 6, 2016
There is alot to say about his company. I have worked in this organization for over 4 years and think it is fine to work here . Would I recommend it, that is up to you
Pros
good location
Cons
benefits not what they used to be
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Great culture, great people, great potential.
Administrative Office of the Courts (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CA.May 21, 2012
Fast-moving, exciting environment, great coworkers, friendly people - that says it all. Growth opportunity both in company and environment are tremendous.
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Poor management, unexciting workplace
Staff Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 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).
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generous paid time off, reasonable hours
Cons
lack of opportunities, poor management, boring office environment
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Learned a lot about cataloging courthouse data
Document Librarian (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 8, 2016
This job involved a lot of scanning, naming, and archiving of various courthouse drawings from all over the state of California.
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Great people to work with and a great environment
Legal Assistant II (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 26, 2012
Everyone at the JUD are great to work with. They are fully versed in their specific area of the law and are very helpful.
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