Baron & Budd

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits and Training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment with incredible technical support and training

    Cons

    Interpersonal Communication training among staff as a result of handling cases involving human tragedy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oftentimes the reward of a job well done is nothing more than knowing your client (or their family) personal or professional life was saved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shadow of its former self

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    (1) Underlying mission of the firm - to help really sick and suffering people and their families deal with asbestos claims.
    (2) Awesome benefits (i.e. health insurance, 401K, free coffee/soda, holiday parties, etc)
    (3) Fast-paced, quick learning environment
    (4) Decent bonuses (but has been on the decline)

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency - the firm is very opaque when it comes to salary. They do not want employees to share their compensation with each other and the firm definitely operates in a black box
    - Compensation is low - the firm wants to recruit better attorneys and staff, but the compensation doesn't match reality. The benefits are great, but when you expect your attorneys to work more hours than the big firms, get paid less, and still not get a bonus for working all those hours, you are going to lose out on some decent talent.
    - Unclear firm direction - the shareholders are notorious for keeping employees (attorneys and staff alike) in the dark when it comes to the firm, its direction, and goals.
    - Hypocritical policies - the firm makes no appologies in its Democrat affiliation. While the shareholders like to pretend they care about the little people and upholding the Democrat's ethos on helping the unfortunate, many times they don't "practice what they preach." They take no issue in firing a long time employee to save a few bucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep employees abreast of the firm and its direction. As asbestos litigation starts dropping off, employees become concerned about the long-term viability of the firm. How is the firm going to survive when all the bankruptcy trusts are paid out and there are no more asbestos victims to represent
    - Be more loyal to your employees - employee morale is down at the firm because many of your senior employees are being laid-off because they make too much money. The shareholders are multi-millionaires and the money they save in firing these loyal employees is minor relative to the profits they make.
    - Increase the base salary - employees realize that the firm is contingency and the firm only gets paid when the client gets paid, but the same excuse is being used year after year on lackluster bonuses. On the one hand the firm acknowledges that they pay lower than other firms on base salary because there is great upside on the bonuses, but on the other hand the firm fails to reward those who work overtime on the premise that "it wasn't a good year." This is contrary to the press releases and news updates the firm posts on its website, where it constantly talks about the millions of dollars of the settlement money that comes in every year. Plus, the shareholders come in to work driving Aston Martins and other $100K+ vehicles while complaining about the plane ride in the firm's private jet. Management should not keep pretending that they are hurting financially on the one hand, while "living it up" and talking about the millions they earn on the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most people are overworked. Management has changed and employees are not treated well.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    The people are intelligent and very hard working.

    Cons

    Employees are unhappy and are afraid they will be fired or layed off at a moment's notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, exciting environment with an emphasis on fighting for the underdog.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was driven to win even under tough circumstances. They always had their clients' best interests at heart and persevered no matter what.

    Cons

    Attorneys have their own language and sometimes it was hard to understand what they really meant. They did not realize that not everyone working there had a legal background!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight and be sure that everyone on staff is aware of the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced and demanding but in a good way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    The work the firm does for clients is amazing. They go the extra mile to make sure justice is served even when it is tough.

    Cons

    The pace is demanding and everyone there is smart and dedicated - you have to be on your toes 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the staff more about the new areas the firm is in. Everyone needs to hear what's next and new, not just management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Inattentive to the big picture.

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    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    Some interesting, meaningful cases. Reasonable work demands. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Always re-learning the same things; no institutional history; lack of collaboration; high turnover; inadequate leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your personnel, build communication networks, encourage collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    use to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    great place to work at one time not any more

    Cons

    management style is nonexistant and poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to something other than income

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding benefits but 0 growth potential.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    The benefits at Baron and Budd were outstanding. Baron and Budd provides lots of perks, such as sporting event tickets, pizza days, free soda, cups, etc.. Baron and Budd has a clean work environment and they do provide tools to help their employees work ergonomically. Baron and Budd provided new and up to date equipment, applications and tools to help

    Cons

    Incompetent and indifferent management. They will take any litigation if it makes a buck. No growth potential. No consideration for work life balance. Poor on the job training. No one has a clue how to use the tools provided. The attorneys treat you like slaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Baron & Budd, a progressive law firm in Dallas, Texas

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    the employee benefits used to be out of this world. There used to be a free company wide ski trip to Colorado each year. I understand that this has since been eliminated though. There used to lots of opportunities for entry level jobs and opportunities for advancement. I loved my job there, and didn't realize how good I had it until after I left. The employees there were great, and the attorneys were very down-to-earth and ethical.

    Cons

    I understand they recently had a huge lay off and the employee benefits are perhaps not as attractive now. For example, no free ski trip for all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always listen to your employees. They are vital to success of your company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hard working group of people

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Baron & Budd

    Pros

    Fabulous benefits, great working environment, ability to learn from team of very smart people, open to new ideas, good physical office environment

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to perform and last minute changes on projects can cause delays and pressure to get jobs done in a timely manner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try ro balance the workload and keep changes in direction to a minimum so that staff is not crammed at the last minute unnecessarily

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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