Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Pros
  • The people are great to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay, plenty of work, good training opportunities, usually flexible for time off (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Little to no investment in employees as human beings; including their development and retention (in 4 reviews)

  • Not much room for advancement once you hit the paralegal level (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good People, but that's about it..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work place is very "Group" Oriented (several different legal teams, marketing, IT, etc). Each group is very social and makes it easy to get plugged in. There are also very respectable "higher-ups" that you can learn alot from.

    Cons

    They hire the minimum amount of employees just to be able to get the work done. Thus, the work load is a LOT. This would be OK if they paid more but.. the pay is pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a reasonable wage...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Horribly Managed and No Opportunity for Career Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    PTO, some company perks and 7.5 hour work days.

    Cons

    Prepare to be work horse and to not see advancement in your career. Remember, you are replaceable.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Soul-Sucking Corporate America at its Worst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers were really the only positive thing about this place. Equally unappreciated and overworked, often all the APs and Ps would band together, still working hours after all the more senior management / attorneys had long gone home. During CAP season, expect the office to be full of candy and COSTCO catered lunches!

    Cons

    Quantity over quality. Constant technological failure that is beyond absurd (Lotus Notes, seriously?! It would crash constantly making it impossible to meet deadlines even if you weren't already swamped). Little to no training (other than power point slides), or worse, conflicting training which, when things go awry, always fall to the blame of the APs rather than management. Little value to life outside the office. Expect to stay late, work weekends (during CAP especially), and have little to no work/life balance. The only saving grace will be your coworkers, and hopefully at least one attorney on your team.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of holding ridiculous "group-fun" team building exercises for Assistant Paralegals and having them go around the conference room answering the question, "What does Fragomen mean to you?" while being recorded on video (yes, this happened), try treating your employees like people, investing in their training, allowing for a greater work/life balance. Hire more people so everyone is less overworked. Stop putting people in charge who don't know what they are doing.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Save yourself and run far away

    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Matawan, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Matawan, NJ

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's sad when the only good thing about Fragomen is that they have excellent health insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Where to even begin. You will receive no training and will need to rely heavily on your co-workers to show you how to do everything. This firm considers adequate training, powerpoint presentations where the speaker reads word for word from each slide. Your success (or stress) will depend entirely on your team. God help you if you are assigned to a team with a horrible supervisor. Come to think of it, the majority of those in supervisory roles have no idea how to manage which makes for rapid favoritism, micromanagement and miserable employees. Your day will consist of checking and responding to emails, filling out visa petitions and drafting template letters. Your supervisor/ attorney on your team will blame you for everything, even though there is a multi-tiered review process. They make too many promises to clients, which makes for unachievable goals and mistakes for employees who are already overworked and scrambling to ensure all their cases are processed accurately. Guess what, the clients have started to notice and they are going elsewhere. You will be made to feel like utter garbage if you have a question or seek guidance on an issue because “you should already know the answer”. This place fosters a passive aggressive way of managing where instead of speaking to you face to face, you will receive email after email about things that essentially do not matter and have no impact on the individual case. HR is useless and does not care about you. They seem to be perfectly content bowing doing to each and every wish of the Managing Partner. Whom by the way everyone is scared of for reasons I don’t understand since it is quite clear that this specific office location is going down hill quick due her complete disregard for human life. Fragomen’s motto is “one firm, worldwide” which is a load of crap as each office location operates in their own way, hell, each team in any given office operates with their own rules. You will find that there are no set policies on various life circumstances, and as such, your fate is in the hands of your supervisor who may be very flexible or simply not care. You will work like a dog and give 150% only to come to the conclusion that none of that hard work actually benefits you. You will hardly ever receive a thank you. However do know, that each and every mistake no matter how trivial will be used against you. On your annual review (if you even have one) you will receive a sad sad raise and then be expected to continue to work harder with no incentives. You will eventually come to hate your life and question your sanity level in this horrendous place and start hoping something bad happens to you on your way to work so that you can have an excuse to not be there. Reading all the reviews on Fragomen, it is very telling that regardless of whether you are located in Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Texas and so on, everyone has similar experiences. Without a doubt, the problem lies with management and its very evident that Fragomen continues to promote an office culture where bullying and dehumanizing its employees from the top down is encouraged. You are replaceable and boy, will they let you know it.

    Advice to Management

    They would never do this because they obviously don’t care, but it would behoove Fragomen to ask employees to review management where they would likely find how miserable everyone is surrounded by so much incompetence. If employees were shown an ounce of consideration or appreciation, perhaps there wouldn’t be such an overwhelming high turn over rate, which is pretty indicative of how this company chooses to operate. What’s fascinating is that aside from so many people leaving this company and so many complaints, Fragomen is perfectly content with the status quo. My suggestion to Fragomen would be to take a serious look at the exit interviews as everyone’s main issue is those in management positions, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.


  6. Degrading work environment. Mind numbing work load.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very lax on "business" dress attire Nice building Nice view of the city from break room

    Cons

    Employees are treated as disposable waste and as a small contributor in a visa assembly line. You learn absolutely nothing useful to help your professional career grow. They are very unorganized and have no consideration for their employees time.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Consider a Bangladeshi clothing sweatshop first

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You won't physically die. You gain a healthy appreciation for suicidal thoughts. You will have ample time to ponder the monotony of existence while working at your standing desk. You will understand what incompetence really means.

    Cons

    You will slowly die inside. Your IQ will drop 20 points just by being here. Your time at this legal sweatshop, filling forms, sending mail, and updating old computer systems (Lotus Notes? Really?) will be worth absolutely nothing to other employers. Nothing you do here will help advance your career or life in anyway. The pay is a joke. Almost as much of a joke as the lawyers are.

    Advice to Management

    Stop existing


  8. Helpful (4)

    I'm an administrative assistant to a paralegal.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overtime opportunities Repetitive work ethics Room to grow within departments

    Cons

    Unorganized Work ethics are terrible Do not train well

    Advice to Management

    Please get organized


  9. Helpful (2)

    Run, don't walk away from this firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great location in FiDi with up-to-date office technology, free bagels and jeans allowed on Fridays

    Cons

    poor office morale, facilities are depressing, management is clueless as to how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    go back to kindergarten; learn how to play well with others in the sandbox


  10. Helpful (1)

    There's nothing good about this place except bagels and cake on Friday.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Matawan, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Matawan, NJ

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I am struggling to find something positive to say about this firm. I guess one positive aspect is that you can learn a lot about immigration law and work alongside experts in the field.

    Cons

    Long hours. Salary isn't great. Paralegals and assistant paralegals are treated pretty poorly.

    Advice to Management

    There should be less of a hierarchical feel to this job. Lawyers and client services managers don't have to be condescending when interacting with paralegals and assistant paralegals.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Assistant Paralegal-Horrible Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This position rewards the intellectually curious.

    Cons

    As stated accurately by a past review, this is a legal sweat shop and an oppressive place to work. They don't care about their Assistant Paralegals as they tend to hire young straight-out-of college students who will do anything to land a decent paying job. There is minimal to no training for the expectations of the position and when things are not going right, they tend to blame the AP's for everything. It's hard to know what the Supervising AP's and Managing attorneys do besides monitor their emails and make sure APs respond on their behalf. It's a very strange work environment and, I'm sure, if their clients knew about the rapid over turn of employees they would question Fragomen's quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees. It's that simple.



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