Gordon & Rees Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Good professional support; only fair secretarial support

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    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gordon & Rees as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    well run, well-administered firm with talented attorneys

    Cons

    Some of the secretaries are sub-par and provide inadequate support to attorneys

  2. Interesting Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting cases. Good people.

    Cons

    Some upper management decisions are questionable.

  3. Legal Secretary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gordon & Rees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. They misrepresented themselves in their ad.

    Cons

    Poor communication, organization, staff and management.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Case Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gordon & Rees

    Pros

    Great People, Nice Office, Easy Work

    Cons

    Low pay, Minimal Feed back

  6. Compensation

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    Current Employee - Five Year Employee
    Current Employee - Five Year Employee

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, great office hours and monthly cookies

    Cons

    Staff from the mail room to administrative aren't paid market. Upper management takes all the allotted dollars to line their own pockets and only reward their favorites. There are a few big shots that call all the shots and keep all the available money for themselves. It may be a diverse work place, but only one gender and race is rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Open your pocket books and reward those who work hard and have proven themselves as being dedicated and valuable employees. Don't wait until you loose your anchors and are left with the rift rafe.

  7. Helpful (2)

    The low pay doesn't make up for the headaches

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It can be an way into sort-of big law. And, frankly, a lawyer-job is a lawyer-job. As in, things could be worse. If you can get the bosses to leave you alone, you can work on some fun cases.

    Cons

    Firm is on the way downhill. Their strategy is to underpay associates and then billing clients low rates to undercut competition. Then firm politics can be rough; the bosses tend to be panicky and over-reactive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. If you are going to give people big law-style headaches, the money should at least be big law level.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Case Assistant

    Former Intern - Case Assistant
    Former Intern - Case Assistant

    I worked at Gordon & Rees as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented and smart people. You will learn a lot from your peers.

    Cons

    As expected at any law firm, everybody seems really stressed out -- which can be really draining on my energy to deal with attorneys who are on edge.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Concentration Camp"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    personal flexibility great co-workers oh and Milk and Cookies on occasion.

    Cons

    Nepotism, Favoritism, Chronyism, abounds and management practices bordering on racism and discrimination so this doesn't allow for any movement unless you fall into one of the aforementioned groups. Too much brass and no polish.will work associates to the ground if you think your are paying dues and will get rewarded for your hard work you wont ... unless you fall into the aforementioned groups.

    Advice to Management

    your are all walking lawsuits needs to hire smarter people in management roles period. Starting from the top I honestly don't know how this firm is so profitable, oh wait they don't have a budget for any personnel enhancement whatsoever. feels like you work for your mom and dad. darn and just when you think you moved out.

  10. Positive in beginning but as you try and work your way up it becomes increasingly difficult to get ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial working environment and positive growth.

    Cons

    As 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 Management

    Recognize 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.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Extremely poor office management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees

    Pros

    Some good, smart attorneys who recognize high quality work.

    Cons

    Office 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 Management

    Everyone 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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