Advice to law firm management: Hire qualified staff. HR should not be a former secretary with power issues. Educate personnel on labor laws and substance abuse. REMOVE the attorneys that spend 3 hrs on personal calls, 3 hrs on "lunch", and 3 hrs wandering the halls.
Pros: There is usually "something" good everywhere, not here. I did make a couple of friends.
Cons: The attorneys. I watched an Associate blame his secretary because he failed to timely serve discovery. He told HR that his secretary "threw papers" at him and "refused to file the discovery". That is not a typo or a reflection of my intelligence but rather, his. As this is EXACTLY what he told HR and her immediate supervisors. I never met a secretary or an attorney that did not know you don't file discovery, interrogatories, RFP, etc. until this. To add insult, the secretary did not throw paper, however, the attorney did and he did this when she brought to his attention that they did not need to "file" the discovery.
Partners to Avoid and Why: Labor and Employment. If any of their clients behaved the way they do they would refer the case out. They are aggressive bullies that harass and belittle the staff to relieve their own inner angst from their
Favorite Things About this Firm: Leaving and getting paid for my suffering despite their efforts to discredit me.
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- Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017
Advice to law firm management: What I would recommend to anyone who may be reading this that is working for the law firm. Do whatever you can to change the pay scale and salary increase reviews to be one in which merit is considered rather than an employee's popularity.
Pros: Let's start with the good stuff. Everyone worked well as a group. We communicated throughout the firm when we had issues. We shared resources and I truly felt that we all scared about helping each other. We all wanted to see each other shine.
Cons: However, there was a lot of favoritism which led me to leave the firm. Advancements and salary increases weren't due to qualification, experience, or even how well we did in the past year. People were given salary increases greater than others just due to being a favorite of the head management. It was all politics over there. I wasn't as charismatic and personable as others, yet I was able to complete my job with flying colors. But because I wasn't as popular as others - I didn't receive great advancements in my pay.
Advice to law firm management: Encourage more teamwork, and deal with associates who are not professional. I think that would help the entire firm, and increase productivity for everyone in the firm.
Pros: Overall I have dealt with many great lawyers. My practice group is solid and everyone is polite, friendly, and helpful. I have had many opportunities to work on many labor cases. Many of the paralegals are great at what they do.
Cons: I have heard from colleagues that there are some bad associates. Not bad in ability but behavior. I have seen the effects of a hostile work environment and it has hurt my practice group before. Bad people skills should not harm other practice groups but they have.
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