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Great place to start, but not forever.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-Smart co-workers (some, not all)
-Great learning opportunity if placed on the right cluster and right attorney (direct manager)

Cons

-Bureaucracy
-Office politics
-Lack of enforcement on cumbersome management rules

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You know, we work with salary data all day long. We know we are being underpaid. People stay there until they find the next better thing. Is that what work environment should aspire to be? Think not.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    I would be surprised to find a better immigration law firm as an employer!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    :: Commitment to transparency and interest in progressive methods - how often do you see that in an immigration law firm in Houston?
    :: Relaxed, friendly atmosphere and casual attire
    :: Knowledgeable, easy-going and approachable attorneys who do not place themselves on pedestals and whose doors are always open (unless they are on a call)
    :: Employees are eclectic and friendly
    :: Most employees leave the office at a reasonable time (managers insist!)
    :: Centralized proprietary information management system; detailed intranet; templates for all kinds of letters/docs; online questionnaires for clients
    :: Proactive, responsive HR, Benefits, Accounting, Facilities, and IT teams
    :: Paralegals do not have accounting/collections responsibilities (just billing)
    :: A "best practices" team for ANYONE to contact with suggestions, corrections, etc.
    :: Impressive business growth through the recession in the past several years, which translates into job security (if you do your thing!) and bonuses
    :: Decent to good salary (don't shy away from negotiation) and benefits
    :: Modern office and kitchen...equipped with Bagel Thursdays (a pro if carbs are not the enemy)
    :: Central location and near good lunch spots

    Cons

    :: Beyond extremely busy - you will never catch up (hey, at least you have a good job!)
    :: Due to its structure, there are no career opportunities for a paralegal (unless the Houston office eventually has Lead Paralegals or Practice Managers, but that's still where it would end)
    :: Paralegals are assigned to an attorney/manager, so hopefully you get along with your manager and teammates
    :: Minimal training for new hires
    :: Monthly parking fee (it's minimal, but it still exists)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    :: Determine difference between Paralegal and Sr. Paralegal (there is no difference in job duties or responsibilities)
    :: Although BAL operates in teams, paralegals/attorneys from all offices should be encouraged to pose questions in a centralized place on the intranet to resolve case issues/problems
    :: To increase efficiency, consider hiring at least one more paralegal and one immigration assistant per team
    :: Also to increase efficiency, hire an Office Manager for the Houston office (or train the superb Sr. Facilities Assistant to become the manager). It's not a small office environment anymore. Set the Houston office free from the Dallas office a little bit!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    They do not care about employees...Sweatshop! (Not kidding)

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

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Independence. Will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees. They acted as though they did in the beginning to put on a good face but secretly they don't work and blame everything on Paralegals. Paralegals run this firm and are not appreciated. Everyone is overworked. Overtime is through the roof and employees often don't even take lunch breaks due to work load and un-achievable expectations in a work day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The issue is not "the other team". The issue is the firm's structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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