Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

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Updated January 14, 2015
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  1. Great Employer

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    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere; competitive compensation; high quality of work; ethical.

    Cons

    The commute into the Chicago office for those living in the suburbs isn't great.

  2. Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

    Pros

    The people - staff and attorneys - are easy to get along with and helpful. Good parental leave policy.

    Cons

    The culture has changed, but the culture shift is no different than that at any mid-size firm in this economy. Big focus on BD, like most firms.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Legal Secretary

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    somewhat flexible hours (being able to make up within a week)
    structures, firm templates, task forces to keep things in order
    nice location
    good cafeteria/lunch for socializing

    Cons

    not many helpful in-house training,
    attorneys and staff are too separated
    many secretaries/paralegals are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    If an employee is already proven to be good at his/her job, try to keep them, don't be cheap and lose good workers...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    patent attorney

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting array of clients. In 90s, great leadership (Hofer/Jacover).

    Cons

    Post-Jacover, culture became "what have you done for me lately?" And the "me" isn't the firm, it's the whim of the president. No sane plan for developing new business. Billing rates set by comparing to competitors versus realistically evaluating work product and customer needs. Billing rates set too high - so strain to train newbies.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than sitting in a conference room and theorizing about what may or may not be wrong, walk down the hallways and ask the people in the offices. When good people leave en masse, perhaps you should evaluate your retention process versus name calling those departing.

  6. great

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    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    supportive staff, room for growth

    Cons

    did not have any downsides

    Advice to Management

    none

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