Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
69 Reviews

2.8
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Paralegals Aren't Appreciated

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

    Pros

    The people are nice. Salary is pretty good for entry level

    Cons

    Very slow upward mobility for paralegals. Raises are very minimal and occur annually if at all given.
    There is a very clear divide between paralegals and attorneys. The paralegals are basically the very bottom of the food chain. They seem to work the hardest/most, but aren't appreciated. Rather, paralegals are only noticed when they make a mistake and not when they do good work.
    Not very good benefits for paralegals

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs improvement ASAP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    *Good benefits
    *Support staff (paralegals & administrative assistants) are very nice

    Cons

    *Need better HR personnel to support staff in an appropriate manner
    *They allow higher management to bully younger staff members and blame them for mistakes although there is not proper training to teach them differently
    *They don't respect support staff, even though they do 90% of the work and have great reviews from direct people they work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you focus on the support staff, no playing favorites, and stop letting many people in the office get bullied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Paralegal

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

    Pros

    Nothing really good working there

    Cons

    Very bad management very inefficient

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unappreciated, low pay, boring work

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    Pros

    The paralegals were fun to work with. Amongst the paralegal, we helped each other out and became like a family. Learned the most from other fellow paralegals.

    Cons

    Where to start...the managing partner is on a power trip and makes rule that are so ridiculous but are only meant to further his power within the firm. paralegals get all the blame for mistakes and there is very little training. anything done correctly is usually credited to the attorneys. people are constantly getting laid off and fired and all paralegals are in fear that they are next. there are few events that show any employment appreciation. although there defiantly are some supervisors that sympathize with the paralegal's poor treatment, majority of the higher staff are not willing nor have the time to train the paralegals properly. In addition, the company hires majority of their staff with little experience allowing them to pay extremely minimally. For such a big internationally known firm, you would think the pay would be a bit more decent especially with the amount of money the partners are making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think things will change until the partners learn to respect their employees. Try showing appreciation and don't allow your paralegals to be dreading every day of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, uneven, completely disrespectful - Global

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    Current Employee - Finance-Global  in  Matawan, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance-Global in Matawan, NJ

    Pros

    The ability to work remotely. Overtime is approved without a problem.

    Cons

    Getting thrown under the bus seems to be the norm here. If you don't cover your butt, you will undoubtedly find yourself under the bus. The management does not care about their employees. There is no training when you first start. Employees who have been there prior to you will make your life miserable. Others who think they are management undermine you and true management doesn't correct this. They avoid any type of confrontation. If you make a suggestion be prepared to have your productivity questioned. You are underappreciated and not encouraged in any way. They expect you to work long hours without so much as a thank you. The annual raises are close to being an insult. If you go on leave expect to have your belongings packed up and your location within the office moved when you return because they do not give you any type of respect wherein they would notify you before you leave that they will utilize your area/desk/office. The turn over is extremely high. If you are not an attorney or a higher level employee, you are basically nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show appreciation to the employees that put in long hours and contribute to the firm. Not only the attorneys or associates. Administrative personnel is just as important to the growth of the firm. If you took the time to send your managers and supervisors for refresher courses in what true and productive management was and should be your employees wouldn't be so eager to seek out other employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Attorneys not responsible for the content of petitions, don't review Q'aires, paralegals liable for any mistakes. Really

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    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal

    Pros

    You get a paycheck...so there is that.

    Cons

    What's most surprising from reading the others reviews is the theme across various locations. Such as, divisions being created between attorney and paralegal, its a paralegal sweat shop, or even the hiring of new employees with no experience, little to no training and thrown to the wolves, if they mess up its on them and they are fired quickly. I already had experience before this firm and did not have this issue, but I saw how they set up new people to fail. The HR department is the worst I have ever dealt with. And there is a 50/50 chance they lay you off after the H-1b Cap. Attorneys will delete documents from the database to make themselves look good/lie to clients, they will change documents, and will throw any "low level employee" under the bus for their own sake, even if they signed off on it and OK'd the mistake or made the mistake themselves. Pay is okay, but for a sweat shop where you bring in $400,000 in legal fees and make under $40,000, you could at least be shown respect or acknowledge in the hallway, would really go a long way. Good chance the Partner won't know your name or who you are, even when you work in their office and see them daily, attorney's will act like you don't exist in the hallways or you are just there to bother them and prevent them from leaving early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't take the advice anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unambitious work colleagues and lots of micro-management.

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

    Pros

    Quick hiring process and monthly office happy hour. Very few organizational layers and affable lawyers. Complaince law firms are generally less stressful work environments.

    Cons

    Unambitious work colleagues and lost of micro-managing by higher-ups. Then again, it is a law firm so the micro-managing is to be expected. Few incentives to build a career at the firm, which is a shame since a lot more people would stay on if they knew what to plan for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transform your training program for new recruits. Create incentives for intelligent new graduates to join and stay at your firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Keep to yourself and do not expect much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Matawan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Matawan, NJ

    Pros

    It provides Great Pay and benefits

    Cons

    Managers are inadequate of their jobs and at times are inappropriate to their employees. No proper training, no one takes the blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as real people, and own up to your responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent benefits, okay starting salary

    Cons

    Expectation of 100% perfection right away.

  11.  

    An all-around great employment experience

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Fun atmosphere
    Low turnover
    Nice managing partners - they care as much about the employees as the clients
    Lots of breakfasts, desserts, celebrations - the HR mgr is always planning fun stuff
    Family feel - the employees genuinely like each other and will go out of their way to help you
    Awesome and affordable health benefits

    Cons

    My computer was slow
    No bonuses for paralegals
    Everyone uses Lotus Notes - ancient e-mail system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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