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Former Employee - Attorney  in  San Bernardino, CA
Former Employee - Attorney in San Bernardino, CA

I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Depends on practice group, great atmosphere. Frequent Happy Hours. The turnover amongst attorneys was negligible, and the continuity helped morale.

Cons

Well, it's San Bernardino. Many commute in from surrounding areas, and outside of the immediate San Bernardino office, the area is what it is.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I thought the office was properly managed. No complaints.

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    Many Opportunities for Growth Within Corporate Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time

    Pros

    They are very supportive of the employees they value and provide opportunities for advancement. The firm is very technology-oriented. They provide complimentary MCLEs for legal staff. The staff is awesome and many life-long friendships have been forged there.

    Cons

    Most clients are insurance companies, so the overtime policy is non-existent, which is unfortunate for non-attorneys with billable hour requirements but with so many restrictions over what is billable and what isn't and what the maximum reimburseable is. They do micro-manage and the administrator frequently walks around the office to make sure that everyone is working. The assistant administrators call you if you clock in 1 minute late or clock out 1 minute early, even though the time-keeping system gives you a 7 minute cushion. They don't hide the fact that they are on the frugal side when it comes to employee pay and benefits. It is VERY corporate, with procedures upon procedures for everything, so plan ahead if you need to request checks over certain amounts or for certain items.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee morale is immensely improved when you treat them like adults. In the firm at which I worked after this one, the employees were frequently on the internet and/or texting WITH the knowledge of the administrator and were every bit as productive, if not more so because they were treated like adults. If specific people abuse the policy, address them directly, but don't make everyone else pay the price for what a few do. Also, the overtime policy was unfair. It was a fact that some people spent many lunches at their desks, hiding the fact that they were doing so, in order to bill enough time to reach minimum billables. FYI if people aren't attending MCLEs because "they can't bill for them", there is an issue. The client is still getting billed for the time, after all. Also, don't send administrative assistants to contact and/or become Facebook friends with people in order to fish for information or try to catch them in lies. Comments in employee files such as, "Spoke with (insert name) and she didn't sound very sick" are pretty insulting. And if you get fired after calling in sick and later in the day checking in at an amusement park, it's pretty obvious that you're being monitored when you have members of administration as Facebook friends. True, you should know better, but it's still unsettling.

    Recommends
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    Not the greatest place for associates

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work experience and decent pay

    Cons

    The equity partners in the Orange County office are all incredibly difficult to work for, but each for different reasons. The culture in the Orange County office is that of a lack of interest in retaining associates - they do not seem to be the least bit concerned about turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
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