Legal Assistant (Current Employee), Vancouver, BC – July 24, 2013
Cons: low pay
love working with the department of justice but recently with the change in reducing employees and replacing them, it has been difficult to work due overwhelming workloads. Most assistants here have now at 5:1 ratios.
fun workplace, learn a lot meet special and executive peoples.
Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee), Manila, Philippines – November 27, 2012
Pros: near and good place to work with
Cons: sometimes long hours of work .
8hours day work for 5 days, i've learned a lot thru accounting principles even though I am not an accountant the management is so nice and great to work with my co workers are all friendly and nice, i enjoyed working with them .
Foreign Court Practitioner (Current Employee), Johannesburg, GP – December 17, 2013
Pros: meeting different people
Cons: stories and predicaments that have a sad connotation.
A typical day would be a day in court and what I have learnt about different cultures. I have an understanding mostly they all require respect and good advice.
My co-workers are great from different backgrounds and personalities and the most enjoyable part of my job is to hear their victories and stay in South Africa. Their successes and challenges – more... and particularly their decision making skills.
The most hardest part of my job is the stories I get to hear due to the nature of my job yet I have to maintain a positive disposition.
The management of my work is great as mostly it is dependent on the diary system which I became a part of in enhancing and my supervisor has been very helpful in making my work less stressful despite the fact that the environment was new.
The job however could be better paying but I have enjoyed the efficiency of my work team and those involved. – less
Family Counselor/Social worker (Current Employee), Kimberley, NC – December 6, 2013
Pros: free coffee and tea/t-shirts/perfomance bonus
Cons: reasonable hours, paid for overtime idf budget is there
i enjoy my work but i must be honest i do not like a supervisor or a manager who is bossy i need a supervisor or manager who guides and support me and also fair.
the hardest part of the job is when the Lawyers gives us hard time at work but i make sure that i am assertive because i know my story and i hate it when managers tell us that the Auditors – more... are coming and what what, i dont like to be treatned, at work i want my manager to guide and coach me so that i can be productive, yes they can criticise and tell me when i am wrong but after they must coach me to do things correctly.
the most enjoyable part is when i do all my work and reached the target then i feel good.
i learnt a lot especially writing professional report, forensic report and being an expert in court, public speaking, and facilitation, realy i am good and professional. – less
Freelance translator (Current Employee), Durban, ZN – December 6, 2013
Pros: work is always interesting
Cons: irregular jobs
I have worked in the courts and helping the police when needed. Also translated books, documents. interpreted at conferences. The work is exciting, however not regular. Sometimes I interpret in courts, other times during the investigations, or translate and proofread a book. I don't normally get to work with the same people twice.The hardest part of – more... the job is lack of information about cases until I actually have to interpret. Sometimes the deadlines are very pressing, so it is hard to balance the speed and the quality of work. The most enjoyable part is feeling of being a great help when people need it. Often I make personal friends with someone I have worked with. – less
It is very challenging as you work with differnt kinds of people but at at the end of the day it becomes productive as there is much of a team work.
Administration Clerk (Current Employee), Grahamstown, EC – November 5, 2013
Pros: when we go aout as a team to have a braai after having a long day, when we are oing to netball and soccer tournament and music concerts.
Cons: audits, to try and fix the mess that was done because of certain individuals negligence.
when you have to be in court with the most dangerous people in the society. i have learned not to panick in whatever situation i am working under. It hurts when management doesnt treat the employees the same. Teamwork is very important as it make the job easier. When you are faced with a difficult customers even when you are trying to calm him /her – more... down they do not listen. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you have managed to assist the customers and they acknowlege you for the help you have done for them. – less
Filing Clerk (Student Aide) (Former Employee), Washington, DC – November 2, 2013
Pros: learning experience
Cons: no benefits
Archived closed case files and sent them to records, filed current cases for future use by attorneys, scanned court documents to be used during trial, and translated court documents that were in Spanish for attorneys, served as a translator between an attorney and a person of interest.
Administrative Clerk (Former Employee), Pietermaritzburg, ZN – October 31, 2013
Going to court every morning and voice recording all the interactions in the court room, and doing administrative work in the office. I learned that crime is a very seriou offence and could ruin your life when found guilty. Co-workers would be all the participants in the court room which are kind and each one of them play a vital role in the room, we – more... would get to interact whilst waiting for the magistrate to make his/her way to the court room. Hardest part of the job is having to face all these criminals that have committed crimes. The enjoyable part is what happens in the court room, the discussions that take place are enjoyable and interesting – less
Registrar's Clerk (Current Employee), Pietermaritzburg, KZN – October 23, 2013
Pros: job security
Cons: lack management support
I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me. I have learn't not to take anything for granted. I enjoy meeting people, interacting and forming relationships.I have been at DOJ for over 6 years I just feel I need a new challenge that DOJ doesn't provide at the moment. I have learnt alot from the legal fraternity, knowledge that I plan on using – more... in the future. There are some guys who work extremely hard and others who not. This is frustrating because Management does nothing to change this. I hope in the future this changes. – less
i am very productive individual. i adapt well to any invornment i find myself in.
Chief Administration Clerk (Current Employee), Johannesburg, GP – October 21, 2013
Pros: i like to do joint activities with the team once in a while. making lunch on someone's birthday.
Cons: i have no problem working long or flexi hours.
a typical day for me it is when i am not feeling well yet there is a need for me to complete my work. i strive for good performance and compliance always.
i have learned a lot about my working experience. how to work with people, how to manage, how to provide constructive feedback and mostly when and how to apply discipline procedures and working with – more... diffeent kinds of people (diversity).
i get along with my co-workers everywhere i work. i suppose i am a straight forward individual. i prefer to be upfront and not keep things to myself that will bring tension around my work.
the hardest part of the job for me is when i am in a team of individuals who aren't fully committed to their work. however my experience has taught me a lot about dealing with this type of situations since i believe in working in a team.
the most enjoyable part of the job for me is when all team members execute their duties with the best of abilities. when the consult as much as they can in order to do their jobs well. this creates a good mood around the working area and it kills tension. – less
Appeals clerk (Former Employee), Durban, ZN – September 18, 2013
Pros: stable employment
Cons: limited growth path
On arrival at 07h30 I open my diary work in the order of priority for the day, sometimes depending on the time of the month , eg. doing stats for the month or prearing the appeal to the high court. I have learnt to work as a remote assistant to the prisoners and being level headed also makes it easier to work with people who are in an environment that – more... is not familiar to me. The management does their respective duties as they see fit for the proper organisational output. Co workers are good pillars of strength for the easier flow of work. The hardest part is when we have no control over the flow of work due to stakeholder delays eg. transcripts taking ages to come back and the most enjoyable part is when I have achieved the goals I have set to work onn a particular priod. – less
Correctional Officer (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PA – September 2, 2013
Pros: the pay and benifits
Cons: we don't receive over time.
On a daily basis I supervise federal pre-trial inmates, either in their living quarters or during work details. As a part of this job, management and co-workers have to work together and be on the same page or someone could get hurt. At this job I've learned responsibility and not to take shortcuts.