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Working at Massachusetts Trial Court — Reviews by Employees

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3.4Rating Details
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Pay4
Respect2
Benefits4
Job Security4
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth2
Location3
Co-Workers3
Work Environment4

From Boston, Ma — 12/12/2009

Massachusetts Trial Court employees have contracts with yearly step raises ranging from the seven to ten year timeframe. If the state has a balanced budget, contracts will get negotiated on time with 3 percent cola raises every year. However if times are bad for the state, an employee can wait 3 or 4 years before a receiving a cola raise with little or no retro pay received. If you were personally hired by a manager, have family members who work in the courts, or a politician called in a favor you will get respected. But if you were hired off the street there is none. Benefits are good in regards to a defined retirement system, dental insurance, and health insurance plans that are reasonably low cost. There is also job security. Work/Life Balance is good, courts have a M-F 9-5 schedule with weekend, federal and state holidays off. Career growth and potential is based on favoritism and who you know in the state legislature. Location can be bad depending on parking, some courts do not have employee parking, and the cost to park can be 50 dollars or more. You can be the biggest screw up, but the union will protect you, and if you are a favorite there is nothing to worry about. Work environment is good
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3.7Rating Details
Category
Pay4
Respect3
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth2
Location4
Co-Workers2
Work Environment5

From Boston, Massachusetts — 10/17/2009

The work environment and work/life balance are excellent in regards to working hours-courts have a 9-5 schedule, weekend off along with federal and state holidays off. In regards to pay, you are paid with yearly step raises that generally range along the seven to ten year time frame. If the state has a balanced budget the trial court union contracts will get negotiated usually on time with a 3 percent COLA raise, however if times are bad an employee can wait years and years for cola raises with very little retro pay received. Career potential, growth, and respect is very minimal unless you were personally hired by a manager or supervisor, have family members that work in the courts, or a state politician called in a favor to obtain your position.
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