Heller Ehrman

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Heller Ehrman Reviews

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  1.  

    Great firm, wish it was still around. Too bad the firm blew up.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    Great people, nice locations, strong business.

    Cons

    Too bad it does not exist anymore.

  2.  

    High paced, intense with family atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Heller Ehrman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart folks, challenging projects, collaborative environment, rewarded for excellent work

    Cons

    Administratively top heavy led to closure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    compensation and benefit package was excellent and their use of technology was above average; efforts made to stay competitive withing the technology sector

    Cons

    organization not run well; money was wasted and spend on lavish management events; far too many managers that managed managers rather than contributing to firm success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage your money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company, family oriented

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Heller Ehrman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, weekly events for staff, good benefits

    Cons

    Company dissolved, Management in California offices were bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Room for growth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Was a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    Staff retention programs, friendly team atmosphere

    Cons

    Sudden dissolution was unexpected and poorly handled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na/

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Heller Ehrman was a better-than-average large law firm to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    Relatively early in court and on the ground experience. Very open with information and tolerant of associate complaints. Pay scale good.

    Cons

    Long hours, and not many trial opportunities. Dissolving and then going bankrupt and not paying claims. Too much focus on IP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't leverage too much debt so that when the bank calls your loans because too many partners have left, you have to dissolve and lay everyone off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people; lost institution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    The associates are generally very intelligent, interesting and fun, and the partners are generally human; however, it doesn't take more than a few who aren't to ruin your life, and there are certainly more than enough of those too.

    Cons

    Top-level management seems to be totally clueless about what the firm really is, or if they aren't, associates don't know it. Talk of a merger has dragged morale down for a long time. The firm markets itself as a good work-life balance type of place and that's true to some extent, but if your department is busy, it's probably no different than any other firm in the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a few things that need improvement, fast: (1) defining what the firm is and where it is going to excel and sharing that with the associates, (2) institutionalizing knowledge, and (3) ensuring that partners actually care that their associates have other stuff going on, at least sometimes.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bye Bye Old Heller Ehrman - What's Next?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Department in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    Heller has a good IT Department and uses and develops technology wisely. The technology is used uniformly throughout all offices. There are many talented people and collaboration is good among peers.

    Cons

    Merger rumors and a considerable shareholder exodus has created a very depressed environment. Many people are looking for positions outside the firm as a result of considerable uncertainty. Lots of turnovers in mid-level management in some departments has left wide gaps in experience and ability. The old Heller culture is nowhere to be found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of feeling respected and valued by staff is rampant. The recent assurances sound hollow and insincere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Professional staff gets the short end of the stick.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    Heller Ehrman is a well known firm with 35 practice areas. The associates and shareholders are paid well. It is conveniently located in the financial district of San Francisco. The benefits are good including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), free coffee, etc. Some departments have a relaxed dress code; wearing jeans to work is great!

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of communication between management and professional staff. Promotions are hard to come by unless you have been at the firm for years. There is definitely a sense of the old boys club. Professional staff is not paid up to market standards and they are not recognized for the efforts they put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with the firm rather than bs marketing meetings. Recognize that professional staff keeps the firm running.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too much gossip, senior management snobs.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Heller Ehrman

    Pros

    The Menlo Park office is beautiful. When there isn't a filing, the hours are flexible and time off is permitted whenever you would like it as long as your team isn't facing a deadline.

    Cons

    The senior management is very snooty. I thought that the attorneys looked down on the support staff. Paralegals definitely take a backseat to the secretaries, who are treated like princesses. There is a lot of gossip, and I mean a lot!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding of your employees. They are people, just like you. Just because you are management does not make you better than anyone else. The attitude that exists there is unbelievable.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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