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I worked at Paradigm Partners full-time (More than 3 years)
People were treated with respect in my experience. I was in production for several years and I was never subject to any hostility or unfairness. Most of the time I felt like the people there were almost family. On a personal level, I'd go out of my way to help anyone there. I went from unpaid intern, to paid intern, to respected team member with a window office and good rapport with management quickly. If you care about doing a good job, the upper management will notice. Hard work was appreciated and raises were appropriate. Overall, it is a stable, flexible, relatively relaxed career with a salary that you can raise a lower middle class family on. The turnover rate really isn't too bad at all considering it is an office full of young, ambitious, individuals with expensive educations, many of which came on around the time of the 2009 recession. I ended up leaving since my new position was offering like $45k more a year, but even then it was kinda hard go move on.
It is a small, but growing firm. While good work is acknowledged, there is a limit to how high you can go by conventional means. As it stood when I left, really hard work and good people skills will get you a middle management position overseeing 3-4 other attorneys and some training responsibilities. If you want to work your way up past that, you will probably need to carve out your own niche by being proactive on setting up new service lines or something. I'm not saying it is a dead end job by any means, but if you have $300,000 in law school debt from Yale or something, you may feel a big stagnant and disenfranchised after a few years. I wore several hats there, so it was less of an issue for me, but straight R&D Tax credit work can be frustrating. It is a lot of "hurry up and wait", begging for information from machine shop secretaries, and documentation, but overall not particularly difficult. If you are trying to always grow by learning new and complex skill sets, you will probably get bored. You'll improve your skills in talking with C-level people from a wide range of industries, your attention to details, etc...but don't expect to make a bunch of high end connections or insider secrets on starting your own firm.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work, continue to expand into new service lines. You guys are great about giving discretionary office-wide days off after busy periods and sometimes an extra day or two around holidays. It be nice if you gave advanced notice on these rather than announcing them as surprises, so that employees have more time to plan around the vacation.
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