MBM Intellectual Property Law

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  1.  

    Great Place, Great People, Great Outlook

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    Current Employee - Patent Agent  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at MBM Intellectual Property Law full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have had an excellent experience working for MBM, The people are great and with a recent restructuring, the management is doing a fantastic job. They look out for people with families and are very accommodating for such.

    Cons

    There have been some issues, but nothing outstanding that hasn't been resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the work to life balance going and it will keep your employees happy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A passionate group of lawyers and professionals dedicated to intellectual property

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Agent  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at MBM Intellectual Property Law full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great professionals to work with. Excellent benefits, resources, technology and great office locations in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. The firm gives new professionals and associates chances to work in every aspect of IP in a way other firms will not do. There is lots of encouragement and room to advance.

    Cons

    Larger workload but manageable if time is managed appropriately. I am not sure if there is really a downside, but the upper management is very nice - maybe too nice sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MBM Intellectual Property Law full-time

    Pros

    As every workplace has it's ups and downs, MBM provides an excellent work-life balance, allowing employees to live their lives, adjust their families without getting in the way. Because they specialize in intellectual property, they also foster innovation. Your good and bad ideas are heard out and placed into action if useful.

    Cons

    There are not too many cons with MBM, the only shaping up they could do is improve on management by training those responsible for employees on how to do employee relations.

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  5.  

    Accomodating for people with families but too many organizational issues to sort out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at MBM Intellectual Property Law full-time

    Pros

    Allows flexible schedules and working from home. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Turnover at all levels has destabilized the company and impacted staff morale. Management has big goals, but tends to take one step forward, five steps back. Management can be disrespectful at times and lets pride get in the way of good decision making. The firm needs leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at MBM Intellectual Property Law

    Pros

    Good relationships amoung staff - Interesting work - Opportunity to engage with clients - fair holiday time - good medical and dental benefits - understand woman's issues and respect woman (support of lengthy maternity leave) - early responsibilty in career - casual environment - not strictly a billable target firm

    Cons

    HR could be stronger - More timely reviews to ensure advancement. The benefit of not having billable targets has allowed some people to appear busy when others are working hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people accountable including management. Appreciate that employees are aware of business and encourage all to actively participate in the business of the firm and not just client work.

    Recommends
  7.  

    If you want REAL work-life balance or value-added work...seek employment elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at MBM Intellectual Property Law

    Pros

    Some very good staff members, good camaraderie amongst those who can afford to be social. Benefits, vacation, and "work/life balance" are good, albeit often at a price of being viewed as less-than-dedicated if you take advantage. Good if you're looking for a quick stopover job...pay, as well as everything else, is about as "standard" and "regulated" as you can get, but not nearly as glossy as they make it out to be.

    Cons

    Terrible senior management, sub-par structure. Fires staff (not me) without giving them the chance to fix the problem. Very "two-faced" environment where stabbing someone in the back is the norm. Staff are lied to and kept around until they are not needed, not given the opportunity to truly excel. Some departments are weak where as other, "favourite" (a.k.a profitable) departments flourish. HR is not a resource, they are only looking out for their own best interest. Office Operations is hot and cold; you never know what you're going to get from them or with them. The partners live in their own little world and have the wrong people running the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your management/planning group and get some staff who care about the business and it's employees' success, not just their own pockets and being the partners' lapdogs.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Keep your mouth shut, and pay attention to what is going on around you.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at MBM Intellectual Property Law

    Pros

    The best reason to work at MBM Intellectual Property Law is to gain experience. They have a good medical, dental, and vision packages. The vacation time allowed is sufficient. They have a good work and life work ethic, but only for professionals. They are good at recognizing upcoming events such as births, birthdays, etc. They have plenty of staff for every department. Good training regading the standards of the office. They recognize staff (if you're lucky to work with someone that likes you) to be promoted even if your not qualified. Do allow senior staff to bring their dogs in everyday.

    Cons

    No communication from managers and perspective employee during hiring process. No communication between managers and staff. Staff are made to feel that your on a production line, and highly competitve. Managers only look at output numbers, and wonder why items that take longer are not gettting done. Their is no comradery between staff, there is a more of a stab you in the back environment. There is a high turnover. Staff members were told that because of economic uncertainity there will no Christmas bonuses, although professional staff members received bonuses. Staff could easily be put down by one of the partners in the firm in social situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your staff. Tell that what you expect, and not wait till your ready to fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend

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