Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
2.2 of 5 5 reviews
www.fitzpatrickcella.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    Ok.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOk pay and good benefits.

    ConsManagement, very low employee morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience, on what NOT to do

    Paralegal (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey have a very good benefits program. Healthcare and 401K are both top-notch. They always seem to have a large number of trial every year.

    ConsWork flow among paralegals is not evenly divided. Once an attorneys realize you have some idea of what you're doing, they latch onto you and bring you onto their other cases. It's entirely possible you will work on 8-10 cases at one time while another paralegal on the other side of your "cube" will be working on the NY Time crossword puzzle.

    The firm hasn't hired a single paralegal in about 2-3 years, even though they have lost 6-9 paralegals in that time. It should also be known that the firm is extremely cheap, expect a well below market value offer, the firm will only increase your base salary between $500-$2,500. You can bill for over 1900 hours in consecutive years and they will still only give you $2,500 because as a whole, the paralegal department is not profitable to the firm. Annual bonuses come in around $500-$3,500 depending on how much money the firm waste on their partners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm will continue to lose money if they continue to write-off time and disbursements because their clients wouldn't pay. None of their new partners of the last 2-3 years have any clients to bring in new business and there is no chance a laterally partner would every come to the firm. If they ever lost any of their pharma work, the firm wouldn't survive more than 2-3 years before they disband or becomes acquired.

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

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    Previously a great boutique but on the way down

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFamily atmosphere, a few great lawyers, Free soda, great health benefits. A few associates receive great work opportunities. Top firm for practicing pharmaceutical patent litigation.

    ConsMismanaged; has grown significantly but is still managed like a much smaller firm. Formal policies are ignored by the partnership and work environment is very laissez-faire. This leads to an inequitable and non-meritorious distribution of work. This severely affects the career trajectory of junior associates. Some receive excellent work, some receive mostly doc review, paralegal-type work, or even none at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFormal policies need to be put in place and existing policies need to be followed in practice by the partnership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok if you want a peek in the IP law field but don't expect any special treatment

    Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIn my experience the people were very nice. Getting time off wasn't difficult. It was a good experience as far as learning what exactly goes into the litigation process

    ConsThe pay is horrible especially taking into consideration that you're located in NYC. There is a clear difference in the treatment of the lawyers and the support staff in general. We had to finance our own parties while the attorneys had all kinds of perks. The hours were long but that's expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your paralegals more. Take the time to get to know them and respect the amount of hours they put into their jobs. Stop skimping on things like office parties and professional development for everyone but the attorneys.

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    Paralegal (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice and impressive new offices, outdoor terrace that is fun in the summer time, and snacks in the afternoon.

    ConsThe management and attorneys treat the paralegals as the elf's who are told what to do, expected not to think, speak or get in the way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your entire staff with respect and equality- this includes the paralegals, secretaries, copy center, mailmen, and cleaning people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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