Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
74 Reviews
3.0
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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Partner Austin T. Fragomen
Austin T. Fragomen
17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • The pros for SF are: Casual environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much room for advancement without going to law school (in 4 reviews)

  • No transparency between upper management and the regular Joes (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice environment to work in.

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No billable hours, relaxed dress code, lots of ongoing training. Everyone is nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities, lack of attorney hiring. I think enjoyment depends on the team you are hired on to.

  2.  

    A Modern Day Sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent compensation and benefits. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Hires a bunch of college graduates with no experience. Employees are there to just put their heads down and process, process, process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    At a low level, you're underpaid and overworked, and your team makes all the difference.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're lucky enough to get on a good team, your job can be somewhat interesting and your co-workers can be awesome. Otherwise, some teams seem to randomly fire people every month or so, and it seems like the attorneys are scapegoating their underlings.

    They put out free fruit from Whole Foods on Mondays, and free bagels on Fridays. Every 3rd Thursday they have a party with snacks and beer/wine.

    Their insurance benefits are good.

    Cons

    You're overworked and overwhelmed with minutia that has to be done impeccably the first time, or else you get yelled at or fired for not noticing a tiny detail on a case where you received virtually no training. It's easy to be scapegoated, as the attorneys are under a lot of pressure to produce, and if they didn't take the time to explain something to you, it's easy for them to push that under the rug and claim you're just incompetent.

    While I appreciate the free food every so often, I'd rather get paid more.

    The building isn't great after they moved back to FiDi. The midtown building was better, and more conveniently located for the vast majority of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your lower-level employees more. If you aren't an attorney and don't want to go to law school, there's limited room for advancement. Given the extremely high case loads you give everyone, with extreme demands on accuracy and timing, the only reason to stay at a job like that would be salary. You're hemorrhaging good people by underpaying.

    You're also losing people by allowing many teams to fire perfectly good employees that aren't being given direction. Teams that have high turnover should be given intensive training in management skills, or they themselves should be shown the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Employer of choice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

    Pros

    Growth opportunity . Empowerment. Responsibility.

    Cons

    Not many cons I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I enjoy working with fascinating coworkers, but it is easy to become overworked.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love the location. If you are going out after work or during lunch, it is the perfect place to be in the city. The staff is an arrangement of hard working, smart, and genuine people. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    Micro-management is rapid! Doesn't matter what position you hold. Upper management doesn't care if we are overworked and understaffed. You have to work overtime in order to complete all of the work that you are assigned, but you get in trouble from attorneys for working overtime. The raises are not worth all the hard work. It is bad when HR states during review time not to expect good ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more, promote more, be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Inefficient systems, partners who only care about money

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    Former Employee - Immigration Paralegal  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Immigration Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The paid 6-8 week maternity leave was definitely unexpected, and an awesome benefit if you can hang in there long enough to use it.

    Cons

    The partners don't care about their staff: everyone is overworked, and continuously told to get more work done during the same time. HR micromanages your time in and out of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you show your paralegals no loyalty or respect, you honestly cannot expect loyalty or respect from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bad management. No respect for employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    No mentorship. Micromanaging the employees all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is cut throat if your incompetent. You have to learn fast, comprehend and retain what you learn.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal

    I have been working at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You receive great corporate legal experience in a short amount of time. If you prove worthy, more legal responsibilities are given to you. You have to understand the big picture in every little task you do. You feel better about the work you do when you understand how it effects the overall big picture of corporate immigration.

    Cons

    If it takes you too long to understand and comprehend, you are done in a heartbeat. You sit at your desk 98% of the time. Believe me, your body (lower back, knees, and buttocks) will ache. It can be boring and repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to train new hires and temps the right way the first time around. Give them a fighting chance to learn the ropes and give them a break if they make a small mistake. If after that they still prove incompetent, then it's okay to fire them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to get started in your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good work environment and people were friendly.

    Cons

    Didn't learn new software applications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful environment, endless crises, stiff hierarchy.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paralegals will learn A LOT in a short amount of time. If you take a job here, you'll know more about immigration than several of the young lawyers who manage you. This is the place to become an immigration ninja. The HR team is crazy proud of their free bagels on Fridays and cocktail parties every third Thursday of the month. They will mention this several times during recruitment.

    Cons

    Paralegals do all of the work for young lawyers who got their degrees at second-rate schools, can barely spell or write, don't know jack about any of their cases, and spend their time on Facebook. Anything that goes wrong is blamed on a paralegal, whether or not he or she touched the case. Managers don't know the names of anyone on their teams and often spend time working from home, communicating with one favored lawyer and leaving all other assistant managers, lawyers, admins, and paralegals out of the loop. Favoritism is insane. Raises are promised but never materialize. The workload can be intense and lawyers often break under the pressure, then snap at the people who work under them. Questions about cases are discouraged. Everyone would give up the stupid free bagels if it meant they could be paid more, which would make up for the poor treatment. Lots of yelling, lots of crying amongst the lawyers. Lots of talk about how "we're a team!" but lawyers literally do not acknowledge paralegals in the hallway. Lots of nonsensical bureaucracy surrounding cases. Managers often have no idea why cases have been going sideways and implement useless rules instead of talking to people who have prepared the cases to see why foreign nationals are having trouble completing questionnaires or understanding our visa preparation instructions (usually because of poorly-worded language in the instructions the lawyers drafted).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the paralegals like crap, especially when they draft your entire caseload and make you look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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