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Bowman and Brooke Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
6 Reviews

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6 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Helpdesk Support

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Good Pay, some nice people.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Non-supportive of IT staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you IT Staff with more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    B&B - Great, Interesting Work but Super Long Hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Interesting type of work,- always different cases. Litigation field if by far the most interesting type of work in legal area!

    Cons

    Long hours - always working b/c of litigation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at providing feedback (either positive review or constructive criticism of the work product submitted)

    Recommends
  7.  

    No complaints

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary
    Current Employee - Secretary

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with

    Cons

    PTO could be a lot better

    Recommends

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