Harmon Law Offices Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. It's not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MA

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, they train you so limited experience is ok and it gets your foot in the door, great to build your skills snd resume, room for growth, benefits are decent, easy once you become experienced. Good internal systems to keep you organized. Free coffee, tea, hot coco. Stop n shop next door. Fitness discounts, BJs discounts, phone discounts, 1 hour lunches, good vaca package.

    Cons

    Always busy, not too many holidays off (6), salary is non negotiable, computers can be slow at times, commute stinks unless you live locally. Managers don't leave often so you have to stick around and be really good at what you do to earn that title. It can happen for sure, but you have to wait for someone to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little flexibility goes a long way with moral. Some managers here get that and are awesome! People enjoy working for them. Others are very strict and make things difficult for people. Reward talent with better bonus and raises rather then give everyone the same. A sliding 0-6% would be nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A stain on my resume

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    Former Employee - Lawyer
    Former Employee - Lawyer

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices

    Pros

    Paychecks arrive on time every other week.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Poor compensation. Short learning curve, no growth opportunity. Often longhours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start planning your solo practice now. You cannot erase the stain on your resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices

    Pros

    Large for a non-traditional law firm

    Cons

    Limited amount of advancement opportunity

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  5. Good way to gain experience in the legal field

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a great entry level position in which you can get your feet wet in the legal field. This place is basically a steppingstone in which to do better. Many people come here to gain the experience they need so it will look good on their resume when applying for positions in other firms or for those wanting to go to law school. The work is never slow, very high-paced.

    Cons

    The pay could be much better, the staff don't really take into consideration your concerns regarding the overall workflow of the department. Working for this company is not ideal for the long term. The work can also be stressful so be careful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to your employees, be more assuring to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Glad to no longer work there!

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Newton, MA

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere can be laid back depending on what team you belong to. There is always work to be done and overtime is offered.

    Cons

    Micromanaged. There isnt room for decision making. The owner of the firm never knew my name... dont know if he knew what team I belonged to but he did smile when I walked past him .The pay isnt good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and stop laying off people. I survived 3 layoffs in my two years with the firm. Also, do NOT make people use their earned time to call out during weather emergencies. Just close the firm! Like the rest of the city! For the safety of your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst Law firm in New England!

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Pros are that you are treated like a robot, given work that three people should be doing, work with people who have no idea what they are doing. Another Pro is reading the faux positive reviews that are written by the firms HR Dept. Another Pro is reading GOOGLE and the local newspapers about the active investigation of the firm by the state attorney general.

    Cons

    The Cons are that you are treated like a robot, given work that three people should be doing and work with people who have no idea what they are doing. You will learn to be miserable or if you are already miserable, this is your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing! Keep on, keeping on! Run this baby right into the ground. Keep laying off employees, that sucking sound is the firm slowing moving into oblivion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. If you're an attorney, keep applying for other work while you work there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pros? Hahahaha, that's funny. I suppose the raw sewage or sulfur smells that were constant in the former Waltham office had their respective charms. There are no pros other than learning a bit about the type of legal work you might be doing there, whether foreclosure (i.e. "paper pushing"), evictions, title work, or bankruptcy.

    Cons

    Insulting salary. Mediocre health and dental plan. No employer match for 401K. An insulting bonus. No concern for employees when the work load is high. Sometimes they mandate weekend work and when the attorney gets there to handle the "excess" work that exists, there are no paralegals or legal assistants there to get the work to the attorney to review and complete. Laughable management, and a shameful cowardly approach to handling their large bank clients. If you work as a bankruptcy attorney, expect to have your bankruptcy court motions for relief and proof of claims edited by bank employees, many of which haven't even graduated college, let alone law school. It invades the province of the attorney in a most revolting fashion. Greed and exploitation are the only currencies that matter to the awful owners and the entrenched management. Stay away at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close, take your ill-gotten gains, and go away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Administrative Aide

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Newton, MA

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Provided my best skills and my excellent customer service skills

    Cons

    I am available to work in any stress situation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Stable firm with no opportunity for advancement. They are stuck in the past.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Newton, MA

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively stable given the overall decline of the number of foreclosures. Free ice cream once every summer....

    Cons

    They offer no incentives, no overtime, and bonuses do not exist. The attempts at boosting morale (which is incredibly low) include offering sporadic free ice cream sandwiches, free coffee and cookies, and various embarrassing contests in which they give away inferior quality items you would find at a yard sale. Welcome to Romper Room. This place is more like a business than a law firm. If you are hoping to learn nuances of the law or are thinking anout law school and think getting your feet wet will help you in deciding, this is mot the firm you are looking for. Most in supervisory roles hate their jobs and have no issue with telling you that during one of the multitude of redundant and useless training sessions. It is a steady gig and that's about the only positive about working at this firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what the meaning of the word bonus means. I am sure you know since you all receive them. Christmas bonuses of $50 a year for every year of service is pathetic. And working every useless Monday holiday that the rest of the country takes off makes people that do work on those days incredibly unproductive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Slavedrivers!

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    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Newton, MA

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    this place is just to get experience and then to get out!

    Cons

    they give a lot of work and expect you to finish it, even if you have to punch out and work for free! Mark Harmon doesn't care about his employees, just his deep pockets!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management Sucks, from top to bottom. all they do is play with their I pads and workers get all the stress and heavy workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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