Cohen & Grigsby, PC

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Cohen & Grigsby, PC Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
3 Reviews
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  1.  

    Appearances can Be Deceiving - Watch Your Back Here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Cohen & Grigsby, PC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great non-attorney support staff, the holiday party at the Duquesne Club. complimentary family entrance to Kennywood, beautiful facilities.

    Cons

    Directors/Partners are not trustworthy, despite their charm - and non-attorney staff are not valued in comparison to other large law firms and companies; other law firms/companies pay $10-15 per hour more for similar work; lack of delegation of work results in staff burnout; not the place if you want to live a life outside of work; Upper Management seems to like the "yes, no" mentality of no-thinking involved doing and are afraid of bullies in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a liveable wage to support staff rather than nickeling and diming so that the Partner can make an even bigger buck; treat staff with respect by communicating key changes within the department - being honest with a person and advocating for humane treatment can go a long way to getting good ratings and making recommendations to others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not Worth the Risk

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

    I worked at Cohen & Grigsby, PC

    Pros

    Everyone was friendly and welcoming. It seems like most of the people are happy to be there.

    Cons

    Don't take the Summer Associate offer here if you can go somewhere else.

    They have a history of taking on more summer associates than they can hire full-time. That means at the end of the summer you may be left looking for employment again. If you have the option to work at a firm with a better offer rate, it would be very smart to take the other option.

    Not getting an offer can pretty much ruin your career and puts you way behind in the job hunt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and up-front about your hiring intentions.

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

    Stay away from this employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Cohen & Grigsby, PC

    Pros

    Compensation and deferred compensation (assuming you last long enough as an employee to become vested) in the plan. Ability to attend CLE.

    Cons

    The people are not trust worthy and lack ethics. They actually believe all of the negative publicity about them (run a google search) is OK. You are always on guard, have to watch your back, and no job security at all. Many attorney positions are revolving doors. They claim to have minimal turnover but I experienced almost 30% in a short period of time. One department went from 4 attorneys to 1 in less than a year. Expect to have your work reviewed by attorneys outside your practice area (without your knowledge) and not necessary licensed in the state for which the work is being performed.
    It is not a firm you would want to have listed on your resume - even if you are desperate for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the attorneys and employees. All of the negative publicity is NOT a positive and hurts the firms ability to bring in new business.

    Doesn't Recommend

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