Advice to law firm management: Get the offices and computer systems up-to-date. Lower level members could be compensated more through wage or benefits. Maybe some form of compensated training to help workers have the knowledge to go further.
Pros: Fennemore Craig was a really great place to work at. The management knew how to set attainable goals, but still pushed for success. They take pretty good care of the employees and there was always a good sense of camaraderie. The firm had a lot to teach me.
Cons: The building is slightly out of touch with modern conveniences. They're also behind where I would have hoped for technologically. Could pay a little better.
Advice to law firm management: I'd like to see a few of the attorneys that I mentioned that treated the secretaries poorly either lectured or suspended. I would also like to see some guidelines put in place by management to keep the work environment professional.
Pros: The interns that I worked with were very friendly as was management. I also thought that the secretaries were outstanding and conducted themselves in a professional manner at all times.
Cons: I witnessed a few of the secretaries being abused one too many times for my tastes. I also felt as though the work environment (office) was too political.
Advice to law firm management: Restructure this firm.
Pros: Make friends while you're here, they're really great people, but they may not be around at the firm so long. Benefits are nice. The big name can open future opportunities and is nice to put on a resume.
Cons: I haven't seen much room for growth here. If you're replaced, they expect to stay and train your replacement even after you've been let go. I think that has a lot to do with why I was never trained properly, nor was anyone I've talked to about it. We're more or less thrown in and expected to know what to do, and our trainer is the person we are replacing.
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