Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear – San Francisco, CA
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I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
Speaking from a staff point of view, I love working at this firm. It's no secret that Knobbe Martens pays a little below market value, but I feel they make up for it through the benefits for the staff, and the more years you put in the greater the benefits.
They provide great health insurance, host an annual health fair (cancer tests, health check ups, flu shots etc.), and provide free workout classes each year. The firm is very relaxed on allowing staff to take vacation. There are several social events throughout the year, along with a holiday party at Christmas. The staff are given gift cards on major holidays throughout the year as well. Kitchens are stocked with coffee, tea and snacks. Having multiple kitchens, microwaves and refrigerators on each floor allow staff to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are required to work late (which can happen often in the law environment) the firm provides free dinner. Staff receive nice profit sharing benefits as well as year end bonuses based on years worked. All staff have their parking structure fees paid for, and if you commute to work there are multiple carpool programs offered. I could go on, but you get the idea. Hard to put a monetary value on the benefits.
As far as the work environment goes, I can't complain about it like others have. We're all human, so anytime you have 600+ employees sharing the same workspace there are going to be personality clashes and conflicts between people. That can't be avoided. Overall I think most of the staff get along great, and many employees become friends outside of work, especially if you attend trial. You can become very close to your fellow co-workers when you spend a month on the other side of the country working together in such an environment. All though you work your butt off, it can be very rewarding and will provide shared memories for a long time. I think those employees who have negative experiences tend to be more interested in the gossip and the social circles than working hard and keeping their personal lives outside of the building. Either that or they're disappointed that they don't get high praise and huge salary increases for simply doing what they're supposed to do. Hard work over a period of time is what gets rewarded here.Cons
Not many outside of the small bickering that goes with any job. The pay can be a little low compared to other firms of the same size. Opportunity to climb the career ladder within the firm is pretty slim as well, but with so many staff members competing for the limited opportunities, that's expected.Advice to ManagementAdvice
One suggestion would be to have the supervisors be more engaged with the staff they represent. It is not uncommon to go weeks without speaking or even seeing your supervisor. Of course it's a great benefit not having your supervisor hovering over your shoulder all day, but when the annual review season comes supervisors have to reply on feedback from all the staff or attorneys within the department in order to fill out an individuals review. They generally have no idea how an individual staff member performed throughout the year. Obviously I understand that this is largely due to how many people they have to supervise over, combined with all the time they spend doing their own work, but I believe staff would feel a little more appreciated if their supervisor would swing by their desk a few times a year just to check in, talk a little and see how things are going.RecommendsPositive Outlook