Bracewell & Giuliani

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Bracewell & Giuliani Reviews

Updated July 4, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
12 Reviews

3.7
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great proving ground for entry-level admins

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administration Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    DC office had an excellent admin team at the time; good communication, good training opportunities, for the most part not demanding outside the 9 to 5.

    Cons

    By and large, no room for growth outside of HQ in Houston.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Paralegal

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    Pros

    The New York office, which is a satellite office, is still small enough where you feel like you matter - that your not just a number.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between New York management and support staff - never really know what is happening with the firm; double standard re: staff and attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your communication skills with support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work environment, friendly, helpful people.

    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    I was fortunate to work with professionals; everyone went above and beyond. The firm provided continued training on their software programs.

    Cons

    I didn't encounter any challenges in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seemed to forget that the support staff are just as important as the attorneys. I would like to suggest that Management think about what would happen if there were no administrative assistants on which to rely.

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  5.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The environment is pretty flexible. Pretty good benefits. Nice break rooms. Your peers are fun to work with and the culture is not bad.

    Cons

    Management is pretty old school. The morale is pretty flat. No need for innovation. Management, wants people to say yes, not come up with new ideas of any kind. You will do fine here if you just want to work without advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Big firm with a small firm feel. Not a closed door place and lots of cooperation among associates.

    Cons

    As with any law firm, you are always on call for the clients - this includes holidays and vacations. Some partners are better than others about trying to respect your time off, but at the end of the day, the client's needs are paramount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and get some more diversity in the management committee!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good learning experience for legal secretary/admin positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Fka "Legal Secretaries")  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Fka "Legal Secretaries") in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Many resources (eg on-site fax/copy center, IT help desk/dept, court runners, mail room); professional environment; firm keeps up with technology and offers excellent in-house ongoing training; a lot of staff has been there for many years; opportunities arose occasionally to transfer to other areas of law; all time off categorized as PTO (much better than vacation, sick time, personal time, etc.); ideal location in DT; paid parking or monthly stipend for park-n-ride; and competitive benefits and benefits dept. had periodic seminars with guest speakers (eg physicians, nutritionists, etc.) related to better health, etc.

    Cons

    The bonus program was rearranged and there really wasn't any clear criteria provided to ensure an individual would receive their entire bonus. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, as several other large law firms apparently weren't able to give out bonuses several years in a row; it's just that in this economy, every penny counts, and if there's a chance a full bonus won't be realized, then for darn sake - make available clearer critera. Raises were miniscule - definitely did not keep up with cost of living. Definite distinction between attorneys and staff - definite distinction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have a firm meeting saying it's been a banner year for the firm, the firm is doing great, business is good, yadda, yadda, yadda, then cut bonuses in half and give out miniscule raises every year. Another bone of contention - the constant mantra from managing partner(s) to staff: "We couldn't do it without, you; you're the backbone of this firm; we are a family....." is just that - words; not backed up with any action - namely keeping hard-working, talented, legal secretaries at the firm with more competitive salaries and a better process for ensuring ones who really deserve their full bonus, get one. I worked with staff who worked efficiently, productively, conscientiously, took pride in their work, cared about the firm and followed all the rules, alongside individuals who were lazy, not team players, surfed the net constantly, knew how to "work the system" and were out of there 15 min early every day and yet - guess who got their full bonus! Definitely not a fair system at all. The process now is not working and needs to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent culture, a great group of people at all levels of employment.

    Cons

    None. A very good place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical law firm - non-lawyers are second-class citizens. AmLaw 100 wanna-be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Standard law firm benefits, regular pay raises & bonuses. Most non-lawyers qualify for overtime pay. The lawyers are civil - not a lot of screamers. Workload is manageable.

    Cons

    As in most firms, the lawyers think of the non-lawyers as "the help," not professionals deserving of respect. They're as polite to you as they'd be to their lawn guy, and are unlikely to acknowledge you if you cross paths outside of the office.

    But the bigger issue while I was there was their passionate desire to break into the AmLaw 100. They replaced the good ol' boy managing partner with a Chainsaw Al who tried to convert the firm culture into that of a Fortune 500 corporation. The firm then waged a subtle but relentless campaign to oust the old guard managers & employees, many of whom had been there 25-50 YEARS. No loyalty, barely even the pretense of doing anything other than cleaning house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Law firms aren't corporations - never have been, never will be. And you're no Skadden - never have been, never will be.

    Yes, times change & some new ideas have value. And sometimes you have to remove people who stubbornly refuse to embrace the future. But don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Law Firm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Director in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Peopple are wonderful. Culture is good. Management needs extra training in delegation

    Cons

    No growth opportunity. No Synergy between departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great firm

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

    Pros

    advancement opportunities, paid training, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    There are too many "managers".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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