Bowman and Brooke Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Great firm to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are wonderful to their employees.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement has been slow, but understandable.


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    Associate Attorney

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Billable hour requirements are not too strenuous

    Cons

    Partnership track requirements are obscure and extremely subjective


  3. Great place to start career in but not to stay for long.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to work on various different cases.

    Cons

    Salary is not great unless you've been there for multiple years. A few partners are real condescending. The billable hours are high.


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    IT

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal IT Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Internal IT Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minneapolis office has convenient downtown location. The firm will pay for your parking. Informal dress code for non-attorneys. Despite other complaints, they are good at eDiscovery.

    Cons

    Cronyism, nepotism, and good old-fashioned "good 'ol boy" network is in place. The only way to ensure job security is to be sleeping with a partner or be related to them. The elderly partners at the top collect full paychecks and take paid leave for months while the attorneys and paralegals below them bill 2,000 hours. Unqualified people are put into high end management/supervisory positions with no experience and virtually no oversight, and are then encouraged to make examples of their subordinates when projects under their leadership go belly up for fail to meet expectations. This is a firm that claims to be progressive while refusing to invest money in technology and keeping a 19th century business model.

    Advice to Management

    Retire all the senior partnership. Focus on your practice areas and stop trying to expand so quickly--it cost you a lot of money and people once before and will again. Give the CEO real power instead of just being a tool and puppet of Senior Partners. Treat your employers better and dump the top-heavy dead weight.


  6. Typical for Firm of its Size

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay -- middle of the road. Varies by location. Some locations are lower, below average for their city / region. Decent opportunities for very high performance associates. Much less opportunity for those outside the top few percent.

    Cons

    Officially 1,900-hour target for associates, but assumption is that associates who wish to move forward will bill at least 2,000 every year. Likely 10 - 12 year track for partnership. Bonuses disappointing even in high-revenue years. Cut-throat client generation and accounting. Partners take business from partners, and partners take business from associates.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on silly extravagance / frills and more on people: training, billable relief for job-related improvement, billable relief for pro bono, etc.


  7. Helpful (1)

    great experience working their until last few years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good people to work with and always plenty of work benefits and perks were okay

    Cons

    terrible managenent running the firm now, thus causing job eliminations and constant resignations

    Advice to Management

    get new nanagenent in place before its 2 late


  8. There is no work/life balance when having to bill 1800 hours as a paralegal.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    The majority of attorneys tend not to micro manage. If you have experience, you are left alone to get the work done. Challenging work and great clients. There are great trial opportunities and experiences when given the chance.

    Cons

    The firm's view of paralegals has changed in the last couple years. This has led to many paralegals leaving. Policies have become more rigid and flexibility has gone out the window. If you do not have a trial, there is no way to make your annual billable quota of 1800 hours by working 8-5 days. There are no training opportunities except for new in-house computer updates. Some employees are not afraid to "throw you under the bus."

    Advice to Management

    Treat paralegals as professionals, not staff. Recognize seniority and proven performers. Salaries and job titles should reflect experience. Create a career path for paralegals and offer training opportunities for those who want or show a need.


  9. Top-notch law firm experiencing some mild growing pains moving from a small firm to a large firm.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    The people are phenominal! They are the very best at what they do. Reputable, ethical, experienced, and successful product liability defense firm.

    Cons

    The firm is operated like a business, but ocassionally at the expense of the attorneys and staff when work slows (which happens from time to time in a cyclical business like law.) Although it is appropriate to right-size as necessary, once in a while a less-talented tenured employee will be retained while new promising talent is let go. That being said, the firm does take such decisions very seriously and values its people.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation structure is geared toward longevity instead of work product and merit, which may contribute to tenured employees putting forth less effort to remain abreast of current skill. The firm is sometimes unable to capture top talent because of average-level salary and benefits.


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    Helpdesk Support

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, some nice people.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Non-supportive of IT staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat you IT Staff with more respect.


  11. This is a wonderful company to start off your career as a paralegal.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They treat you like family which is a wonderful feeling.

    Cons

    The only issue is when it's slow you have to look for work in other groups within the firm. This firm won't help you obtain those billables it's up to you. If you don't make this hours you might be the one the let go if the firm isn't doing well that year.

    Advice to Management

    Before you let someone go you should look at the previous years on how many hours that paralegal billed and don't hire family members.



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