Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

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Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C. Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Interesting work, good clients, great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C. for more than a year

    Pros

    New office in Seaport District, Boston

    Cons

    Working with attorneys and supervisors in two offices is sometimes a challenge

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unpleasant Work Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want exposure to patent prosecution, this firm has a relatively extensive and thorough training program.

    Cons

    The firm's culture is not geared towards making staff feel valued or an integral part of the team. Many partners feel that when one staff person leaves, another one is waiting at the door to be hired. This philosophy does not encourage any loyalty on the part of the staff. The work environment often times feels like that of a factory and partners do not show much appreciation to staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until management (partners) realize that staff members need to be shown appreciation for their expertise and the high quality of work that they provide to the firm's clients, the firm will continue to loose members of its staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely demanding of employees... new hires in particular

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

    Pros

    Good benefits are offered including free medical and dental for single employees
    Completely smoke free environment - cannot even smoke in your automobile

    Cons

    No room for learning curve - management has extremely high expectations of new employees
    must come with complete and thorough knowledge of their way of doing things
    very unforgiving place to work
    very low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please express your unreasonably high expections during the Interview process...don't wait until the employee is hired!

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Most dysfunctional place I ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great and lots of the people there are nice. I'm sure certain employees find it a challenging (in a good way) workplace. I very much enjoyed many of the attorneys and technology specialists I worked with.

    Cons

    Management of the company is poor. The CEO continues to keep managers who are managers in name only. Change is extremely difficult and certain departments experience high turnover due to this poor management - especially in the IT department. Big egos should be tamed to minimize the workplace bullying I witnessed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to actually manage. You have some fantastic potential, but my experience there was to watch a lot of spinning wheels with no progress and some big egos misdirect some good initiatives. Also, listen to the advice of the audit - there was some valid advice given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The most dysfunctional experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C. full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are really nice

    Cons

    Unprofessional management. Unrealistic expectations. Constantly reversing demands. Micromanaged to the point of being completely paralyzed. HR has no power over the other managers so there's no recourse when being harassed. Expected to work through lunch. No boundaries. No opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals to run your non-legal departments. If you insist on retaining these so-called professionals invest in some management training courses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Talented people, interesting work assignments, generous benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

    Pros

    The firm provides a lot of training and support for support staff. Legal staff are treated as professionals and able to telecommute and manage their own schedules. Inclusive culture, generous benefits (including Firm payed individual health/dental insurance), friendly co-workers. Nice location, top notch training, ability to get hands on experience at a junior level for legal staff. Ability to contribute and work directly with Principles early on in career.

    Cons

    Firm currently located in Concord, so this makes for a great commute and free parking for some, but not easily accessible by public transportation.

    Recommends

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