Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. Pay is way too low for the hard work we do

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    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great team atmosphere. enjoyed working at the location i did - easy commute. became good friends with supervising attorneys and managers. flexible working hours.

    Cons

    too much work for not enough pay. high turnover rate. poor training. hard to move up if you're an assistant paralegal 1 because they don't typically promote you until 2 years after you start. hated how an assistant paralegal 1 (entry-level, super low starting salary) had the SAME work as a SENIOR PARALEGAL, who obviously makes more $$$, although i'm sure it's not much anyway. generally, really low morale because everyone just wants to get paid more for the work they do.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great morale, limited opportunities for advancement

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The location I worked at had a wonderful HR manager and therefore, morale was very high. Significant care was taken when planning for events associated with birthdays and other celebrations. Additionally, HR was willing to hear concerns of employees and act when necessary.

    There were also training opportunities offered frequently, which was helpful considering the complicated nature of immigration.

    Fragomen offered a fair number of vacation and sick days. Expectations on administrative policies were very clearly laid out and if there was any misunderstanding, the HR manager was ready to jump in and help.

    Cons

    Significant amount of nepotism in the worst possible way. Employees that were promoted were often the ones that had been there the longest, rather than those that worked the hardest. While these things are not mutually exclusive, it seemed that recognition was given to those who did not necessarily work the hardest or have the best quality work, but who had been there the longest.

    Advice to Management

    Though expectations for administrative duties were specifically lined out, I did not always feel that my job duties were clear. I would recommend to upper management to make sure there is absolute transparency when communicating about performance expectations and job duties.

  3. Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, helpful staff

    Cons

    Overworked, too much politics and nepotism

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  5. Predictable company, great for people who don't like change

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    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

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

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits, work-life balance, PTO package for new permanent employees is very generous. Starting salary is fair but will not go up much from there...

    Cons

    You must work several months to earn a permanent position, little room for promotion as the management positions are taken by long-time employees of 20+ years. The company is large and corporate so it is very difficult to make any changes or suggestions to current processes and plans. The work for paralegals is extremely repetitive and specialized so that you will not appeal to other immigration firms.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a career plan for those working hard looking to advance.

  6. About down the middle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Stability, complacency, grey, luke warm are all all descriptions I would place here. There are some decent people when I was there, most left.

    You get a decent paycheck for the work performed.

    Cons

    Poor communication of ideals
    Inconsistent messenging of values and requirements
    Poor planning
    Career pathing was non-existent for all but attorneys, and that's questionable
    No product involvement
    No REAL challenges, only made up
    Heightened political environment

    If you're looking for a challenge wether it be technology or legal this is probably not the best bet.

    If you're looking for a paycheck and a place to hide out, go for it.

    Advice to Management

    I know you aren't that bad, but take a good hard look at the real reasons that people like what they are doing. It's not because they want a better christmas party, which is about all that was offered and not taken away in my tenure. Good luck!

  7. Helpful (3)

    It's a decent job

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    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal II
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal II

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to take work home! Raises fair, but often salaries are higher at other firms, especially considering the lack of bonuses.

    Cons

    No bonuses, Receive excellent annual review but your position will be stagnant for awhile. A lot of extra duties with little recognition as far as training/helping new staff and taking on new work. Office culture is pretty low. Not very social.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more new staff with real life/work experience. Hiring people straight out of college = more challenges, longer training time required. Need to train not only on immigration matters, but also basics re: customer service, how to talk to clients, etc.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Had higher expectations for this place, but it's just so-so

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    Former Intern - Law Clerk
    Former Intern - Law Clerk

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, plenty of work, good training opportunities, usually flexible for time off

    Cons

    Too many immature and unprofessional people on staff, can get stuck doing the same thing all the time (especially during the summer) and not get as much exposure to a wider variety of cases, some very outdated technology (who still uses Lotus Notes?)

    Advice to Management

    More team building initiatives, especially for new hires, to make it a more welcoming and attractive work environment

  9. Helpful (1)

    It all depends which team you are on

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Dress down Fridays, bagels on Fridays

    Cons

    Sweatshop mentality, no coverage when you are out

    Advice to Management

    There are human beings in those cubes, not machines.

  10. Helpful (5)

    At a low level, you're underpaid and overworked, and your team makes all the difference.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    If you're lucky enough to get on a good team, your job can be somewhat interesting and your co-workers can be awesome. Otherwise, some teams seem to randomly fire people every month or so, and it seems like the attorneys are scapegoating their underlings.

    They put out free fruit from Whole Foods on Mondays, and free bagels on Fridays. Every 3rd Thursday they have a party with snacks and beer/wine.

    Their insurance benefits are good.

    Cons

    You're overworked and overwhelmed with minutia that has to be done impeccably the first time, or else you get yelled at or fired for not noticing a tiny detail on a case where you received virtually no training. It's easy to be scapegoated, as the attorneys are under a lot of pressure to produce, and if they didn't take the time to explain something to you, it's easy for them to push that under the rug and claim you're just incompetent.

    While I appreciate the free food every so often, I'd rather get paid more.

    The building isn't great after they moved back to FiDi. The midtown building was better, and more conveniently located for the vast majority of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your lower-level employees more. If you aren't an attorney and don't want to go to law school, there's limited room for advancement. Given the extremely high case loads you give everyone, with extreme demands on accuracy and timing, the only reason to stay at a job like that would be salary. You're hemorrhaging good people by underpaying.

    You're also losing people by allowing many teams to fire perfectly good employees that aren't being given direction. Teams that have high turnover should be given intensive training in management skills, or they themselves should be shown the door.

  11. A Modern Day Sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation and benefits. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Hires a bunch of college graduates with no experience. Employees are there to just put their heads down and process, process, process.

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