Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching

    Pros

    This is a good employer for people with other commitments (such as family). Work hours can be flexible. There is also the option to work remotely.

    Cons

    The work can be menial at times. The physical environment in the office is not the greatest. It is quite cramped.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very different from Engineering companies!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Free coffee
    -Friendly colleagues
    -They have an okay training program
    - Good exposure to the IP world and the first step if you want to become a Technical Adviser in law firm on go to the USPTO.
    - Good location

    Cons

    -The owner of the company has no previous experience with IP or a formal education in Engineering. Imagine if you worked for an engineering firm where the director of Engineering has a degree in history but constantly wants to interfere with details of engineer design work.

    -No overtime, the average work day in Landon IP is 10-12 hours but you only get paid for 8 hours

    -If you go in to the world of IP say your farewells to the world of engineering and finding engineering jobs after, so be careful!

    -Several of my colleagues and I developed health problems due to work related stress but unfortunately they had to stay in the company because of their Visa situation.

    -If you are going to Landon IP as an international person for your H1B visa and Green card be careful. They will sponsor your H1B Visa but they are going to delay your Green Card application for several years just to make sure that you are staying with them. Because these folks know that if you work in the IP industry for more than 2 years it is almost impossible to get an engineering job after.

    -Lots of he-said-she-said, I personally don’t like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We don’t need so many directors and team leads! Let them help out with searches and report writing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very nice place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great environment for learning and to grow professionally in your career.

    Cons

    Not any. Nice place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Am fortunate to find a job I really like!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stimulating work - never a dull moment!
    Staff and management are helpful, supportive, and approachable.
    Flexible working hours.
    Casual work attire, very casual work attire.
    Free coffee!

    Cons

    It can be a challenge in the beginning - the learning curve is steep. But after a while, if you have what it takes - the right skills and attitude - the work will be enjoyable!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An OK place to get your foot-in-the-door. A long road to nowhere for your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time

    Pros

    -Minimal prior work experience or prerequisite skills to be hired.
    -Average pay, average insurance, reasonable work environment, transit/parking compensation, free snacks (junk food/granola type bars) and beverages (coffee/tea).
    -The attitude of similar position employees is one of cooperation; no one will stab you in the back or start rumors here.
    -Location is in a very nice suburb of Washington D.C. - the area is safe and pleasant for eating and walking during the day time and at night.
    -The policy isn't written down, but the company tends to allow high performing employees to work remotely after working on site if they feel you can handle it.

    Cons

    -The bottom line is that Landon IP is a company that has outgrown the folks who really started its expansion 10-15 years ago. There is a lot of potential here, but you won't see that until the most senior positions are vacated and filled with VPs and a CEO that knows how to make the jump from small/midsized business to a large one. The existing management are good employees but are the victims of their own success. They are clearly out of their league as the company attempts to grow further.

    -Promises made during the interview and at company meetings seldom come to pass.
    -CEO is a really nice person who sounds knowledgable, but ultimately exercises a trial-and-error policy of corporate direction that results in revolving layoffs and failed projects.
    -Image is everything with new overseas offices being opened to convey an "international" appearance while they are merely 2-5 employees shells.
    -The majority of management was put in place when the company was very young and received their job titles by default - as a result, the upper management is less competent than recently promoted management who must answer to the "founding staff". Things are very much an "old boys club".
    -Deadlines are priority one - by no means a fault - but there is 0% compensation for the overtime put in to achieve said deadlines and the system for assigning the deadlines is very inaccurate at best. Expect to work roughly 50 hours a week and be paid for 40.
    -Yearly leave policy allows 2 sicks days - the company considers this a VERY generous concession.
    -The policy for using vacation days is different from manager to manager - some employees can expect to work Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve because they were not allowed to use vacation days they have already earned.
    -The retirement plan only matches 3%-6% and takes about 5 years to become fully vested.
    -Two full months of employment is required before your health insurance will kick in.
    -No bonuses, goal incentives, continuing education, lateral promotions, etc; you ARE a gear and are expected to appreciate it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to begin!?! The corporate culture needs a huge overhaul from the top down and existing management needs either training or to be replaced with more professional individuals. There is a difference between being an excellent manager and being excellent at management tasks - this company is heavy on the latter. There are some high quality managers hidden in this company, but they are few and have little influence on overall operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for a short time, but always have an exit plan.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to Alexandria metro, night life, restaurants.
    Transit subsidies and paid free off site parking.
    Location can't be beat, just outside of DC with public transportation downtown.

    Cons

    Management is very inexperienced, they learn as they go.
    Promotions are hard to come by unless you are a "yes" man.
    Promotions are by title only. When they want to promote someone they simply create a new title for them. This waters down the importance of other titles.
    Employee salaries are the greatest expense, when the company begins to struggle expect layoffs without warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start from the beginning. Tear it all down and start fresh. If you don't want to be there then admit it so that they can replace you with someone who really wants the job. Stop trying to get rid of people by making there lives miserable, this is a horrible way to do business. Lastly I have personally spoken to older employees who have moved on they claim this was once "THE" place to work and are saddened by the changes. I say we try to find that again it sounds great but in the last two years we have been going the wrong direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics-heavy but great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time

    Pros

    -Some of the best co-workers if you can get to know them
    -If you're young and dumb there are things to be learned
    -If you're not a patent analyst/can get from patent analyst to another position, you can have actual fulfilling work

    Cons

    -Many business decisions are made in the name of keeping profit rather than retaining employees or investing in initiatives to make the jobs of analysts less tedious
    -As mentioned before, the hour-tracking system is quite insane; there is lots of overtime which isn't paid since everyone is unpaid, but God forbid you don't clock time during your designated daytime hours.
    -Pay raises seem to be based less on "how much good have you done?" and more on "how public were your mistakes this year?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your employees are actual people, with concerns outside of work, and that there is a valid reason for morale being low when layoffs are going around - in this area what low-level employees are being paid in this company barely makes ends meet. If we lose our jobs then sometimes we HAVE no savings, and have no means to CREATE savings since we're barely meeting our costs of living.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid at all costs!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They actually pay you and you can eat free snacks, that's about it.

    Cons

    Company is run like factory, management is run by kiddies who have no experience how to manage people. Work is measured by efficiency, so no quality work can be produced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing people and rather help them to achieve something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to get patent searching experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time

    Pros

    Landon does an excellent job of finding to good people.

    Training is very good, the experience you gain will be invaluable.

    Cons

    Constant deadlines.
    Putting in extra time often.
    Pay is average, benefits are average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant effort to expand the business, and spend a year investing money to make the job of the analysts easier. The exodus of experienced people over the past few years is all the evidence needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No time to do quality work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anal St  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anal St in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Landon IP The Art of Patent Searching full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    free parking, a supply of snacks

    Cons

    you don't get a chance to really understand the topic under search. It's a rush rush rush to get something out the door. High stress level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay us more, and let us research the stuff more deeply

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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