Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
95 Reviews
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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Partner Austin T. Fragomen
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22 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, helpful staff

    Cons

    Overworked, too much politics and nepotism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    About down the middle

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a decent job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Law Clerk
    Former Employee - Law Clerk

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends which team you are on

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Dress down Fridays, bagels on Fridays

    Cons

    Sweatshop mentality, no coverage when you are out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are human beings in those cubes, not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A Modern Day Sweatshop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoy working with fascinating coworkers, but it is easy to become overworked.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    I love the location. If you are going out after work or during lunch, it is the perfect place to be in the city. The staff is an arrangement of hard working, smart, and genuine people. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    Micro-management is rapid! Doesn't matter what position you hold. Upper management doesn't care if we are overworked and understaffed. You have to work overtime in order to complete all of the work that you are assigned, but you get in trouble from attorneys for working overtime. The raises are not worth all the hard work. It is bad when HR states during review time not to expect good ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more, promote more, be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow progression

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

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

    Pros

    I have a great manager...can't say that for my co-workers though.

    Cons

    Slow advancement that is not based on education, employment history that is outside of immigration, or productivity. You will not be an exempt employee for at least five years minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you expect me to do senior level supervisor work on a regular basis, give me the respect of senior level benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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