Cascino Vaughan Law Offices

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Cascino Vaughan Law Offices Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive learning experience, hard work, low pay, opportunities to socialize

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

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most employees are young, smart, hardworking and underpaid. The partners are demanding but also provide opportunities for employees to learn and gain really valuable experience in a legal environment.

    Cons

    Employees are often required to work much harder than their equivalent pay.

  2.  

    Good Cause, Horrible People.

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

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Coworkers are all equally frustrated which leads to amazing coworker bonding.
    2. Summer time BBQs and beer are plenty
    3. Seriously, the coworkers. That's about the only good thing about this place.

    Cons

    How to even begin with the negative? For starters, you get absolutely no training. You are immediately put to work on an incredibly outdated computer system that is horrendously broken trying to fix the mistakes of several previous generations of workers all who were as frustrated and disappointed with this job as you will be after two weeks of working here. The partners frequently say that everything you do is for the client but it's easy to see through their lies and realize that these two only care about squeezing every penny they can from everywhere, beginning with your salary. The work soon becomes tedious and the lack of organization is unlike any I have seen in any other law firm. The constant turn over in workers due to the deadly combination of low pay and bad bosses results in entire files going missing, record keeping that is atrociously outdated, and a confused clientele as to why the person that they spoke with last week is no longer there forcing one to start fresh with getting them information. You will become frustrated here there is no question of that it is simply a question of when. The bosses also seem to think that the best way to motivate a work force with low morale isn't to raise the meager pay or offer bonuses but instead to make very thinly veiled threats about firings or a variety of other things. Going on about the bosses, Mr. Vaughan and Mr. Cascino seem to be caught in an ongoing and perpetual struggle and fight for dominance and superiority of the firm and workers will frequently be caught in the cross fire. Neither seems to trust the other and their huge egos clash so frequently that it's a surprise that the two have remained in business with each other for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers like human beings. They really do care about helping the clients, but it's hard to help the clients when they make so little here they struggle to pay their bills every month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not sell yourself short

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Settlements Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Settlements Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1) Amazing coworkers.
    2) Good look at what working at a sub-par firm will be like (in other words, this is what will happen to you if you go to a crappy law school and do not get good grades).
    3) Free beer and food provided at random intervals.

    Cons

    Literally everything else:
    Insane and incompetent partners, passive aggressive office managers, and miserable coworkers as a result.
    The partners are the main issue. There is a lack of communication between them larger than the grand canyon. Both are pretty chauvinistic. They cannot manage the office for the life of them, random firings and hirings abound. Project management is also severely lacking, with work often having to be re-done over and over and over and over again. Training is also severely lacking and adds to the issue of work having to be re-done. Obviously this becomes tedious after a month or so. Most of the blame for whatever disaster is at hand is put on legal assistants by the partners. The stress of the office negatively effects all workers, leading to a depressing work environment, where few are motivated to complete tasks.

    The typical cycle of a new worker is: enthusiasm, frustration, depression, apathy, and then either quitting and finding new employment or being fired for not doing work.

    Believe me, no matter who you are, you deserve better than putting yourself through this cycle. Sure everyone needs money and jobs are hard in this economy, but you could probably find more enjoyment working at a restaurant and making large tips and getting free food/beer that way, than working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I truly believe this office is a lost cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best example of how a few bad people can ruin a company

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

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You do get good basic experience with depositions and actual practiced law.

    Most of the legal assistants are hard working and good people.

    Cons

    One of the partners is, as far as we can tell, mentally ill and very unstable toward employees. Overall, management has made the work environment very unfriendly to the legal assistants. Projects and job openings are constantly being created and then canceled. None of the firm partners know how their systems work and are constantly hiring (and firing) new college grads to try to compensate for their lack of organization.

    There is a lot of work for very little pay and very little payoff. Money is always a problem for the firm.

    Not a woman, but - from what I saw - the firm is also very unfriendly to women. Sexist comments are a regular occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point, I would have no idea how to fix the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    the writing on the wall

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

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    your coworkers will be the saving grace here, as many (if not all) are disillusioned with the place but good, honest and funny people. the experience you'll get here working with the law is definitely a lot, but as other reviewers ask: at what cost?

    Cons

    there are literally no promotions nor raises to speak of. i respectfully asked for a raise after i started doing more and more litigation work but to no avail. the management is CLEARLY divided, with one hand not knowing what the other is doing and you'll constantly be a pawn in the partners' ongoing war for "dominance" of the firm. cost-cutting measures will be your nemesis, as they make it even harder to earn a livable wage here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your employees better wages. many of us are devoted to you and your cause but the message sent with literally the lowest wages of all chicagoland law firms is that people are disposable. thinly veiled threats about firing or laying people off DO NOT motivate your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not great

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can probably learn something about how law professionals work...

    Cons

    Cascino is out of his gd mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given your penchant for recruiting at top-tier universities (at least one), perhaps you could pay a bit more than the peanuts you currently do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Kafkaesque nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant (MDL) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant (MDL) in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The legal assistants are pretty much all great: they're intelligent, friendly, and very funny. The experience of working for CVLO provides for instant bonding, and opportunities for epic levels of disgruntled humor. Management is clueless enough that it's easy to get by without doing much work, if you so choose. Depending on how lucky you get with job assignments, there can be some job satisfaction and intellectual challenge from having to do the lawyers' work for them.

    Cons

    It is impossible to fully convey the level of incompetence and (occasionally) malice demonstrated by management. People are regularly fired whenever one of the partners gets bored. Entire strategic directions are based on willful misreadings of very simple laws. Deadlines and work expectations bear no connection to reality. Overtime gets as close to mandatory as legally possible. Most of your work will either be meaningless, or will later become meaningless when it is ruined by future decisions. The internal systems were poorly designed by the standards of the 90s, and haven't been updated since. The junior attorneys are mostly competent, but incredibly overworked and looking for a way out. The sexism and racism reaches levels you didn't think were still possible. You will be yelled at by incompetents who blame you for their incompetence. The legal assistants and junior attorneys regularly have meetings entirely devoted to figuring out how to get work done without management finding out and ruining it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take what little money you've squeezed out of this place, and retire. The legal world would be better off without you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marginally better than prolonged unemployment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intelligent and hardworking legal assistants, who I cannot praise enough. Doesn't drug test, casual dress environment, can instill black humor, makes you grateful of all future jobs. Rubberstamps overtime requests if you need to make more money. Somewhat useful as a first office job for accruing experience.

    Cons

    Low pay, constant threat of random and capricious firings, grossly incompetent and shortsighted management. For your first few months, you will do dull work that it only tangentially connected to the law. You will be minimally and indifferently trained. If you make a mistake because of your poor training, it will be blamed entirely on you. Errors made by your supervisors may also be blamed on you. If you demonstrate competence and are not fired for a trifling reason, you will be moved up to doing first-year attorney tasks for the same poverty wages. You will spend an inordinate amount of time correcting the errors of checked out/undertrained/quickly fired employees of years past. No real opportunities for career advancement. Might foster distrust of unions, occupational health, and the law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lies and falsified reviews can't counteract years of bad business practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to prep for law school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pro - On the plus side, the amount of responsibility you’re given correlates pretty directly with the effort you put in–so if you’re interested in law school and you work hard, you could be doing first year associate work right out of college. You get exposed to a diverse skill set right off the bat, and will learn a lot about managing data/evidence, medical records, standards of law, drafting legal documents, etc. The coworkers are pretty great, as well.

    Cons

    Con - Definitely not a place for everyone, as the hours are long, the deadline pressure is intense, and you need to take initiative to do your job well. It’s a good place to pay your bills and get experience/responsibility for a year or two, but it really doesn’t have room for career advancement and is intentionally structured to funnel you to law school or something similar asap. If you’re not 1) interested enough in law that the experience you'll get is worth lower wages 2) able to deal with a lot of pressure, then you might want to keep looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management - More official/cohesive training for new employees and the same for office structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Tremendous Opportunity for Recent Grads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've never been surrounded by so many brilliant people. Even the staff are primarily graduates of top universities, which creates a powerful and creative atmosphere. If you show an eagerness to take on responsibility, top management is willing to give you high-level projects very early on. Working at this firm will give you opportunities that you can't get elsewhere without years of paralegal experience. Excellent resume builder for recent college graduates. Long hours and hard work, but satisfying at he end of the day.

    Cons

    Frequent strategy changes can make it feel like nothing is ever finalized. This is largely just part of litigation in general, but the firm could do with better planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on initial stages of planning to prevent trouble down the line. Build internal consensus before acting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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