Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
72 Reviews

2.8
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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Partner Austin T. Fragomen
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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No direction, mindless work, unfortunate team culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy as a contractor

    Pros

    Training, some very talented people. Most people are nice.

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant, and unless you are in the circle, it is difficult to progress much. No transparency between upper management and the regular Joes. Lots of repetitive, mindless work. Office politics definitely exist and it was exhausting trying to stay on top of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow progression

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    I have a great manager...can't say that for my co-workers though.

    Cons

    Slow advancement that is not based on education, employment history that is outside of immigration, or productivity. You will not be an exempt employee for at least five years minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you expect me to do senior level supervisor work on a regular basis, give me the respect of senior level benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fragomen

    Current Employee - Legal Assistant (Ap2)  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant (Ap2) in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Mico-Management was tough to deal with

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a temp, always a temp, because if you are hired you're quickly fired

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Office culture is young and laid back. Dress standards are relaxed, almost unprofessional, but since there are no client relations that is fine. Occasional parties subsidized by the company provide a needed safety-valve and are relaxing occasions.
    Pay: overtime work is common and pays well. The company does not try and cheat its employees. It is very honest, although employees should keep a daily log report to prove that they are in.

    Cons

    Personal growth: there is none. Unless you are willing to put in 60 hours a week or more, you will be fired within 2-3 months. If you are willing to put in 60 hours a week or more, you can still be replaced. I was in the company for 9 months. In that time 1/3 to half the office staff had been changed.
    Work-life balance: employees are strongly pressured to work overtime. Those who are not willing to work 6 days a week are quickly replaced by those who are.
    Company values: the massive layoffs show that the company does not care about its individual people. Its treatment of people are ridiculous bad, examples ranging from the temps who are let go within a month to the temp-to-hires who are kept as temps for nearly a year to the new paralegals who are let go when the busy cap season is ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your lower-ranked employees as commodities and show some empathy to the job situation that younger, inexperienced legal assistants and paralegals are facing. They are not aware of what is normal in the field. Don't take advantage of that by paying them low wages and firing them whenever convenient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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