Bean, Kinney & Korman

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Bean, Kinney & Korman Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1.  

    I've been very happy working as an attorney at BKK BigLaw sophistication with a friendly regional firm atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Bean, Kinney & Korman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get immediate experience on large matters, either through going to court or handling transactional deals. The culture is very relaxed, happy hours every Friday, with few people working in the office late or during weekends unless really needed. There is not a lot of fake face-time. Vacation time and quality of life is encouraged. Many of the recent laterals worked at bigger law firms and it seems the firm is doing very well in getting larger and larger matters, so hopefully they can maintain the small-town vibe. No jerks from what I can tell.

    Cons

    The downside of a smaller firm is that you need to get up to speed on various topics quickly, and there is not always a net. They don't put junior associates on doc review, you are forced to carry your weight early. That can be challenging, but in the long-run it seems rewarding. Also, there is an emphasis on marketing and client development that you don't see at all other comparable firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the IT, including in the office and through working remotely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If You Enjoy Gladiatorial Combat With Your Co-Workers Then This Is Your Place

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

    I worked at Bean, Kinney & Korman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a nice incentive system to make up for the lack of pay you will receive as an attorney.

    No maternity leave.

    You will eventually be paid after the Partners take most of your money, so if you like making money and being altruistic and giving it to others, then take this job.

    Happy hour on Friday.

    Cons

    Legal staff, stay far away from this place as possible. The dichotomy between attorneys and support staff is the worse I have ever seen. Gladiatorial combat will likely break out at one point - not kidding.

    Paralegals be prepared to be a secretary and answer the phone, you will not receive actual work.

    Hostile work environment.

    No mentorship. Be prepared to learn everything yourself and ask an equally non-trained attorney for advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are 15 Partner Level attorneys out of 35 attorneys. Only 10 Associates with the rest being B and C class share holders - I have never seen a more top heavy management system ever.

    Actually prove people are competent for their positions. White hair does not equal knowledge. Attorneys unable to use computers properly (i.e. Word) is inexcusable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Glad to be gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Bean, Kinney & Korman full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location; some nice attorneys; happy hour on Fridays

    Cons

    no loyalty to support staff; no room for overtime; not sympathetic to health issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate and treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Bean, Kinney & Korman

    Pros

    Great people and family like setting
    Food and drinks every friday
    Some friendships among staff and attorneys

    Cons

    Little communication from managment to staff
    Pay freeze

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the staff
    Ask the staff how the firm can be improved or for its input

  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bean, Kinney & Korman full-time

    Pros

    Great people and relationships; good pay; nice extras (paid lunches, goodies, vacation days, etc.); perfect location for travel, lunch, etc.

    Cons

    Maternity leave policies; No flexible work environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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