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Updated Jun 10, 2014

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1.7 36 reviews

12% Approve of the CEO

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Mark Harmon

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9% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsGreat people to work with, excellent department managers. This is a very good place to work for recent college graduates.

    ConsCan be very stressful at times, workload is often unmanageable. Department managers have very little latitude; all operating changes have to come from upper management. Upper management is slow to make changes and address issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe proactive and anticipate workload increases. It was often too late by the time heavy workloads were finally addressed.

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

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    Stay away!

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsVery few - I liked the people I worked with....that was about it.

    ConsVery little room for advancement, everyday people are fired or laid off, very low company morale, yes you gain experience but whenever I mention to people that I worked at Harmon they always reply "How could you work there?!?!?" due to Harmon's horrible reputation for unethical practices, so I feel it has actually not helped my prospects for getting another job but I cannot remove it from my resume because I spent too much time at Harmon so there would be a huge gap on my resume which would look worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHarmon does not offer good benefits or pay because they feel it is a waste since people quit so frequently why waste resources on them however people quit frequently not necessarily due to the type of work but because of the lack of benefits and pay etc.

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

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    Low Pay, Easy Paralegal

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsYoung covworkers (<25), good job security, overtime available during certain periods of high volume

    Consstarted at $15 / hr, lots of incompetent peers, many entrenched superiors so advancement is hard

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward top employees better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No job security, lay offs happen often.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEntry level positions for some experience. That's about the only pro

    ConsLow pay
    No positive reinforcement for good work
    Very low company morale
    Constantly being scolded by emails, passive aggressively
    Layoffs happen every 3-6 months. And they can happen to anyone, whether you have been there 8 years or 8 months. It is not based on work quality. Who knows how they determine it.
    The HR department is a joke and should have been fired a long time ago.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you work there, time to get out

    Paralegal (Current Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsWill likely be closing its doors soon

    ConsIncompetent directors, brown-nosing gossip mongering "senior" attorneys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the law business before Martha Coakley takes your bar cards

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

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    Office will likely close or merge soon.

    Legal Assistant (Current Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsThere are no "pros" for an office that promotes quantity or quality of work. Also, the MA AG is investigating this office.

    ConsThe directors have no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose the office and get into another line of work.

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

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    Decent entry level job experience, not much else.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newton, MA

    Pros-They hire a good amount of people with little to no experience, so it's not a bad place to start for recent college graduates.
    -Most of the employees are in their 20s, so it's a younger environment
    -Free Parking

    Cons-Pay is pretty low and the benefits aren't great besides pooled time
    -Only recognizes six holidays a year
    -Most people are not happy here so the company morale is low. Just a negative vibe throughout
    -Not much incentive to want to stay, therefore a high turnover rate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI've gotten along with most of my management, but I've always stories of other people not being treated well. Just treat your employees fairly and they will be more productive. Company morale will always be negative if your employees feel like they are being treated like crap. Simple.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Depressing work in a depressing environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Free Coffee
    -Free Parking
    -Nice Gym / Stop n Shop / Sushi restaurant next door
    -Will hire just about anyone
    -Will pay the rent

    ConsWhere to start. The work is depressing. Your job is to facilitate the foreclosure process, and your clients are banks. You help get people out of bankruptcy (which is good for a debtor) so the banks can foreclose on their home. Although many of the debtors are in bankruptcy through their own negligence, it is still morally degrading work to know you're helping force people out of homes.

    The overall work environment ranges from apathetic to depressed. Many of the paralegals and legal assistants are young and aspiring to do better things; most of them will quit within a few months. The older folks carry themselves with an aura of missed opportunities and disappointment, wondering how they found themselves in the position they did. Very few of these people woke up and decided to work as foreclosure peons for their career.

    The clients you work with are, for lack of better term, idiots. They rarely provide you with the information you need to complete your job, and often times your manager is berating you for things beyond your control, as a direct result of absent-minded clients. To add to this is the hierarchical structure of the office: legal assistant < paralegal < paralegal manager < attorney. Pressure from the top means everyone else gets squeezed.

    The people themselves are generally nice, good people, who share a common dislike for their job. Attorneys are usually nice, but lead attorneys are too obsessed with the numbers to really care about office morale.

    Company policies are stifling. 6 paid vacation days, which is about as low as it gets. Pooled time off comes out to about 15 days a year, which isn't terrible for an entry-level job, but there's no sick time. Don't feel well? Use your PTO. Not safe to drive because of weather conditions? Use your PTO. The ultimate middle-finger is when most other companies get the day off for various holidays (MLK day is an example), you get to wear jeans. Because that's what Dr. King strove for: jeans days.

    To top it all off, the pay starts at $14.42 an hour. You can make better money working at Costco.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees an incentive to work harder.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a job with benefits

    ConsLow Pay, Stressful & Low Company Moral. Your job is to take peoples homes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees more

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

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    A decent start, I guess

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Newton, MA

    ProsThey give everyone a chance.

    ConsBoring, dull, drab work. Incompetent clients. Incompetent management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to business school.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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