Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

Pros

The people at Howard Rice make are great to work with. The Firm tends to attract and hire people that are on average easy to work with and socially compatible.

Cons

The size of the firm makes it feel unstable. There have been a series of stealth layoffs of staff and attorneys as well as a public 10% reduction of staff. Management presents slides at the retreats and all hands meetings that reflect a rosy outlook, but its seems as though the Firm has to make significant cost cuts to continue to make their PPPs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To communicate better with attorneys and staff. Senior management also needs to have a mission statement and let people know what direction they are taking the Firm.

No opinion of CEO

5 Other Employee Reviews for Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin (View Most Recent)

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    Management Changes Negatively Affect Employee Morale, Retention

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

    Pros

    The firm has a history of doing good social activism work, including successfully representing the City of San Francisco in the recent Gay Marriage case at the California Supreme Court. Individual attorneys and individual staff members are supremely competent, caring, and motivated. Benefits are moderately good to good (retirement, health, PTO, profit sharing). There is the potential for broad exposure to many areas of law and law practice. Historically, staff members have chosen to stay for many years, with great stability and cameraderie, and training for junior clerical/legal secretarial staff has been exemplary, though this is changing. Lovely offices in Embarcadero Center.

    Cons

    This firm used to have a history of treating employees well and retaining them for years, even decades. Recent management changes and the first-ever layoffs of November 2007 have significantly altered the company atmosphere, to where long-term employees are looking to jump ship and short-term employees have no intention of staying longer than they have to. Attorney/staff divisions are great; company goals seem to prioritize attorney billing rates and pay over staff pay, benefits, or quality of work/life. This is not a happy place to work and unless managing attorneys and human resources change direction, it will not be improving soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business runs on your support staff, so stop screwing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Management treats staff as a disposable asset

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

    Pros

    Most of the staff are nice people, and many of the lawyers can be personable. The offices have a great view.

    Cons

    Lawyers by trade are supposed to be combative and aggressive. That doesn't mean that management needs to be that way with their employees. Compliments, encouragement and a sense that you are part of something don't exist. Most of the people I worked with seemed terrified all of the time, and because of that couldn't demonstrate any comradery, or even a sense of humor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to treat employees as valuable. No one likes to work in an environment that feels like a Mausoleum. Management by fear and intimidation will hardly produce results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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