Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Reviews

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  1. It is a setting where you can work in a multitude of areas and learn a lot.

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    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    it's in dallas, the office is a cohesive one, and there is management who try to help you grow professionally

    Cons

    interns aren't paid, but that is expected from a non-profit organization

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  2. Great starting place, but don't get too comfortable.

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    I worked at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are great benefits, and great people. The organization attracts people who are great to work with because of the stated vision and the fact that you are helping the poor. The paid time off and other benefits are only matched by government employers.

    Cons

    Instability financially, management seems out of touch with reality. Nonprofit organization culture is much different from that of the private sector. Management doesn't seem to understand this principle, and as a result, the expectations from employees are unreasonable. Also, there is no potential for growth in the organization. I would recommend staying for no more than 2 to 3 years to get valuable experience, as any other time invested will probably only result in frustration if you are someone who likes to move forward (and upward) in your career as opposed to being still.

    Advice to Management

    All of your employees are working at below market rates, and most are working very hard to do the best they can to carry out the organization's mission and vision. Give employees the tools that they need to work well, and don't treat this nonprofit organization and employees as if it is a large private law firm, because it is not.


  3. Total free-for-all.

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    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pros were the great benefits. The amount of leave time and the insurance is truly unbelievable it today's climate. The somewhat flexible hours and use of leave time is also a pro. Also the job is much less stressful than private practice and you do really feel you are helping your clients as they would otherwise not have an attorney to represent them.

    Cons

    The biggest cons are that that pay is terrible and the management is non existant. When I first started working there my manager would not show up or would come in extremely late (including coming in an hour an a half late on my first day of training). Unlike some jobs, this job did require a manager to be present in the office on a daily basis. There is no room for advancement, so many employees did the bare minumum to avoid being fired which, combined with the total lack of leadership, led to a complete free-for-all environment, where anything went at the expense of employees that wanted to do their job. Multiple employees made several complaints about the management issues to HR but nothing was ever done and a large exodus of employees resulted (including myself). The company has always had very high turn over rate and I suspect this as well as the very low pay to be the reason they cannot maintain their employees.

    Advice to Management

    They need to select management on their abilities and qualifications, not on how long someone has been at the company.


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    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are a number of reasons to work for LANWT, the first is that you really feel that you are helping people who can't afford an attorney. Also, the work-load is more than reasonable and most projects can be completed during a 40 hour work week. Finally, depending on the branch office, management is usually flexible regarding the use of leave.

    Cons

    There are too many to name. The pay would probably be the number one down-side for most attorneys. However for me, the biggest downside is the way employess are treated by management. Management, at least at the Dallas office, lack competent leadership and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Rules should be applied fairly and across the board. Feedback should be provided in a timely and professional manner.



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