The State Bar of California Employee Reviews
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The State Bar is a good place to work because your coworkers are amazing and the work you are doing is important. It can be very stressful, however, because the workload is constantly increasing because of managements tone-deaf approach to employee retention.
As an investigator, you spend your days doing a lot of bureaucratic paperwork and arguing with unhappy people on the phone. Management has no communication skills and doesn't value their employees. Investigators have an unreasonable caseload of about 80 cases at one time. The work environment could be much better if it weren't for the low morale caused by constant changes and distrust of employees of their supervisors. There is knowledge of people throwing others under the bus.
I was an investigator in the OCTC. The idea IS NOT to investigate attorney misconduct but to draft memo after memo in an effort to make it look as if there had actually been an investigation. Nor is it designed to discipline attorneys. Last year, out of 15,000 complaints made to the State Bar, only 25 got to an actual hearing. WTF! As far as management goes, WHAT MANAGEMENT? The term slave drivers is more appropriate. I don't know what it's like to work in other areas of the State Bar but OCTC is for all intents a purposes a fraudulent enterprise. OCTC is horrible place to work for an honest person. Finally, as far as attorney positions it's a great place to work if you don't want to practice law. On any given day half the attorney offices are empty.
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A typical day at the State Bar involved organizing files that were a complete mess. I loved putting files in complete order for all attorneys to review. I also loved working with attorneys who appreciated the fact that I was a paralegal in a previous life, but I was now a Coordinator of Records, and I could do a multitude of other duties. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to accomplish a difficult task. The work culture was pleasurable. I learned a lot at the State Bar.
I've worked for the Bar Association 3 times now and I liked working there. I will warn people who can't sit for long amounts of times in silence. The only thing that's a challenge about the job is having to sit in silence for at least two and a half hours with no reading or looking at your phone or anything else. You have to just sit there while the people take their test.
I was a temp employee and my overall experience was great. Supervisors were kind a care about their employees grow. Compensation is competitive and benefits are amazing.
There were too many changes in management when I was there. This made the atmosphere in general feel unstable. All the union meetings and involvement did not help. The staff is great; always ready to help each other out. One problem was that the secretaries, who are already assigned to 5-6 attorneys, would have to work for other attorneys when there was a vacancy or another secretary was out. The Bar sometimes took months to fill a vacancy, leaving the secretaries overwhelmed with work. This put a strain on everyone.
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I worked there through an internship and it was so boring in there. I mean maybe it was the department I was in but it was so boring and quiet even though the people are extremely nice to you in there and such sweethearts it's just so boring and quiet.
I had a great supervisor. He was fair and knowledgeable. I want to work for this company permanently. I will always check this company 's website if their is anything related to my career field. This is the company I want to work for.
Supervisor was great to work for
Co workers whining too much they don't know how good they have it
This used to be a great place to work at but new management gradually changed that and has become extremely petty, has no interest in employee well-being and only cares about their political advancement by cutting out every benefit. Staff has triple the work it can complete competently but is always pushed to do more and faster. Reviews are always geared towards what employees do wrong and never towards promoting their skills. Managers in place are not trustworthy and consistently try to “write up” staff. There is an incredible amount of turnover due to this. I would not recommend working here as an attorney or investigator.
Micromanagement, low morale, unrewarding
There is an extraordinary amount of supervision and internal memo writing for management to cover its posterior, apparently. Bench trials are few and far between as the system is designed to encourage settlements with the respondent attorney.