Cascino Vaughan Law Offices

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Updated Feb 11, 2014

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1.8 13 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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Allen D. Vaughan

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18% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Positive learning experience, hard work, low pay, opportunities to socialize

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMost 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.

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

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    Not great

    Paralegal (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsCascino is out of his gd mind.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Kafkaesque nightmare

    Legal Assistant (MDL) (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Marginally better than prolonged unemployment

    Legal Assistant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsIntelligent 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.

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementLies and falsified reviews can't counteract years of bad business practice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to prep for law school

    Legal Assistant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPro - 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Miserable work experience

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMany of the other legal assistants are genuinely amazing people, so you might make some great friends. The partners generally approve as many overtime hours as you want. Gallows humor will make it easier to get by. No matter what you face in life afterwards, you'll at least be able to find consolation in the fact that you don't work there anymore.

    ConsIf you are motivated worker, then you run a serious risk of actually caring about the projects you are assigned to, which is a bad thing, since eventually you will have to watch the senior management destroy everything you have accomplished. A large proportion of your time will be spent fixing the errors of a few poorly motivated fellow employees or your incompetent predecessors. The pay is terrible. You will be pressured into working very long hours at the last minute. If you make friends, watching them put up with abuse from senior management will be an additional source of distress. You will become bitterly cynical about the American legal system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to develop a coherent plan and stick to it. You also need to stop making more work for everyone by trying to take shortcuts around the judge's orders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tremendous Opportunity for Recent Grads

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsI'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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get an exit strategy ASAP

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWill provide outlet for morbid sense of humor. Will provide insight into universal distrust of and aversion towards the legal profession. Work environment provides catalyst for substance abuse. Will put all future jobs in proper perspective, i.e. "At least I don't still work at..."

    ConsRoutine pressure to work overtime with little incentive other than fear for job security. Systemic problems regularly put employees in a position to fail clients. Much of the time is spent fixing the mistakes of apathetic predecessors. Instructions from partners often contradictory, ill-informed and obtuse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be useless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible Management

    MDL (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThrown into the fire, quickly move up, manage people, project management

    ConsTerrible pay, measly benefits, incompetent management, HIGH turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou get what you pay for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    pay is extremeley low

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsIf you are a quick self-learner and motivated, it can be a great learning opportunity because of the immediate exposure to higher level paralegal work.

    ConsPay is extremely low for a firm in Chicago.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigh turnover is probably due, in large part, to incredibly low salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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