Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard

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Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
28 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent place, mediocre pay, incredibly low morale

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent, there's medical and dental coverage, paralegal's get their own office and that's about it.

    Cons

    The morale is incredibly low. There's no support system here. There are no firm outings, dinners, etc. They expect a lot of work and overtime from paralegals (all employees, really) which is incredibly difficult. The required billing for paralegals is too much, as well, which causes all of us to stay later. The firm doesn't contribute to the 401k and you can't have any family on your insurance because the price is outrageous. Days off don't carry over into the next year nor do they pay out for the days. There's a lot of micromanagement in the firm which makes it difficult to get the most basic things done. Bottom line, it's a business and they care about making money for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and fix all of my listed "cons," but they probably won't since they clearly don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The time to change is now

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Will hire anyone, hard to get fired, transit compensation was excellent, new IT Executive is forward thinking, great attorneys, excellent technology, HR staff was excellent.

    Cons

    Will lie to your face about your work performance, will discourage you from keeping your own records to prove otherwise. Management is very hard to work with and has no regard for the work that needs to be done but has all the time in the world to engage in needless ego battles. Focus on acquiring struggling firms without foresight of how to integrate them, leaving it up to support staff. Despite the excellent technology and the IT Executive, no one seems to know how to integrate it into the work. The IT staff is rude and is not of much help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After the fire, it was very evident that there was no actual emergency plan (contrary to all internal emails and website boasts). Having your accounting department report to Costa Mesa or San Bernardino is ridiculous, no matter the promise of compensation of travel time. Scolding your staff while they are trying to help the company out during an emergency is a terrible idea.

    The time to make changes in your structure was over a year ago. Do not think it can be business as usual after this disaster. You need to reconsider your game plan otherwise, the staff that keeps you in the black will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    partner

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources available and the support staff

    Cons

    the inequality in salary despite the amount of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Clerk during law school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard part-time

    Pros

    Big firm environment, but more casual. Co-workers were great.

    Cons

    Performed mostly administrative tasks than substantive tasks. Stressful environment and lots of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of staff

  6.  

    It was ok

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    An alright place to get your foot in the door, get some experience and move on.

    Cons

    The pay was low and there was no recognition. Employee morale was very low since it was always about work and no time for play. You could have been the best but it would go unnoticed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work/life balance; below market rate pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    An entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged. It's a rapidly expanding firm. Colleagues are fun to work with and it's a fairly open-door firm. Work/life balance is incredible. You're treated like an adult and expected to be responsible and have initiative. If you want to work from home, work from home. If you want to come in at night instead of the day, that's fine. As long as you're hitting your billables, they let you work when you want, how you want.

    Cons

    It's hard to gripe about the pay, because it's still Biglaw and you're making more than almost everyone in the country.
    Having said that, the pay is definitely below market rate for a firm of this size. This is not the Cravath pay scale.
    Also, the benefits are pretty weak compared to a lot of other Biglaw firms.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    "poor recognition, low pay, HIGH STRESS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    some of the attorneys and associates are very nice, some support staff are willing to help.

    Cons

    very low paying job for the amount of work you do, very high stress due to some partner attorneys being very rude and inconsiderate, always a rush. If there weren't so many issues with the head partner attorneys, this firm would be okay. no room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Corporate insurance defense law firm with a bottom-line first mentality.

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    Former Employee - Records Clerk in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Records Clerk in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is commensurate with experience and the health benefits were sufficient. The company is very stable in its clientele. Met a lot of nice people in my time there.

    Cons

    Power over the lower level employees was concentrated in one office. Attorneys usually stressed which stressed the rest of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more manager positions in the lower levels. Too many low level employees responding to one office was unmanageable and created more problems than good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Below market pay relative to size, but consistent with competitors. Good work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time

    Pros

    People are generally very nice and not overly demanding. The size of the firm allows access to several exemplars which helps speed up research.

    Cons

    Salary is low relative to firms of a similar size and bonuses are likewise small -- incentivizes completing minimum billables.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, unkept promises and what have you done for me lately attitude from management.

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney

    I worked at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large firm means you may get to work on some decent cases, but work environment and morale is horrible. Made some good friends at LBBS, but most like me are long gone. The ones that remain either have no other options or drank the Kool Aid.

    Cons

    Management at our office was horrible and cheap. Quality of work didn't really matter as much as billables. When billables were reached, compensation structure was changed. Turnover high. Told several times if you don't like it here I have a desk full of resumes. Support staff was hamstrung with rules designed to prevent overtime. I assistant to 4 attorneys and constant secretarial changes made it difficult to get things done without doing it yourself. The entire office of 30+ attorneys had to share one copy of Rules of Civ Pro and Jury Instructions. If you needed a publication to be purchased you had to buy it on your own. Surprisingly cheap for very large firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm's goal is expansion by poaching small firms or practice groups in desired markets. They are cheap to keep firm in the black and allow expansion. They care only about profit. Surprisingly, it doesn't matter if you're an associate or partner if you don't agree with their business philosophy your advancement will be limited and you will be pushed out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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