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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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2.9 16 reviews

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Positive in beginning but as you try and work your way up it becomes increasingly difficult to get ahead

    Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCollegial working environment and positive growth.

    ConsAs you work your way up it becomes difficult to negotiate for pay increases and navigate the complex political landscape of the firm. There is also a lot of disparity in what attorneys earn. The firm generally is not willing to pay even market rate for attorneys which is why they continually lose great talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the loyal members of your firm and stop trying to save money by underpaying your valuable team members. Rather, save money and make money by retaining talent and encouraging them to grow and develop business.

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    Extremely poor office management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsSome good, smart attorneys who recognize high quality work.

    ConsOffice staff management is based purely on favoritism. If you're not a favorite, then management will finagle a way to try to make your office life uncomfortable. Staff management appears to have very little else to do but this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone knows staff management is incompetent. Maybe it's time to swap it out for some real understanding of how to manage.

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    Come Work Here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThis place is amazing, many projects that build careers. Cutting edge technology. Awesome CIO that rolls his sleeves up to work with his team.

    ConsHard to say anything bad, trim IT staff only leads to working on a lot of great projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work-life balance; monthly court time

    Associate Attorney (Current Employee)

    ProsCaring, solicitous management; everyone is only at the office 8:30- 5:00 (haven't seen anyone here weekends or holidays); decent pay; inclusive, gender-neutral language-- very careful not to offend anyone.

    ConsIt seems like they hire a lot of hourly attorneys, meaning they get paid only for the hours they work and have no benefits (no vacation, no health care, no bonuses, etc). If you only want to work forty hours a week, that's great, but it feels like a lower level of being an attorney or a professional to be deprived of traditional job benefits.

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Gordon & Rees is a great "lifestyle" law firm

    Attorney, 8th-Year (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCompared to other firms, Gordon & Rees treats its associates like human beings. Egos are generally under control. The hourly requirement is very doable. The firm is growing and the employees feel that the firm is adjusting for the future in a positive way.

    ConsThe "big shots" hog a lot of the client relationships. Very little mentoring with regard to building business for younger or newer lawyers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm should become more organized and develop a better system of introducing attorneys in different practice areas to meet so that they might work together in the future. That would allow lawyers to experiment in different areas of the law until they find the right fit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for work-life balance, but not a place to grow your career.

    Senior Counsel (Former Employee)

    ProsWork-Life balance is at a premium with this firm. The 1900 billable requirement makes balancing life possible.

    ConsThere are not many opportunities to grow within the firm. Most growth comes from he entry of lateral partners, which also brings unstable work culture to different office locations. Also, there is no reward for exceeding the minimum billable requirement, which creates a lack of motivation for many associates and allows the culture to become stagnant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMentor and invest in your young attorneys and grow the firm internally instead of focusing on external growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok place to work if you want a big firm lifestyle

    Associate Attorney (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThe staff and non-equity partners/attorneys are friendly. Everyone appears willing to help out or answer a question. Resources are great.

    ConsEquity partners/attorneys feign interest in the remainder of the employees' lives, but in the end it comes down to a what have you done for me lately approach. Employees are a number here and can be easlity replaced.

    The firm is beginning to downsize - partners are beginning to share offices in an attempt to save money and space.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging IT environment. Difficult to get projects done.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWork with the latest technologies but with limited access.

    ConsDifficult working with other groups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not that Great

    Paralegal (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of Resources as far as technical support and legal reference books

    ConsPay. The office tends to be very political.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage lazy workers. When people do not come to work for weeks at a time, it affects the rest of the team. That is unacceptable. Especially when the office is extremely political and do not want to own up to who was responsible for missed deadlines.

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

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    Unmotivating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsStaff and a handful of attorneys are friendly.
    Flexible scheduling.

    Cons*No room for growth.
    *Despite constant emails stating that the firm is growing and seeing record-level revenue, there have been layoffs, no raises, no promotions, and menial bonuses. The firm is also known in the legal community to pay below market value. Very disheartening.
    *There is no sense of real support because the office is very political and bureaucratic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication and support. Reward employees based on merit, not based on the length of time they've been at the firm.

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

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