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McCarthy & Holthus Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
13 Reviews

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Thomas J. Holthus, Kevin R. McCarthy
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  1.  

    Pros and cons. No training inexperienced managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is the biggest pro. You are allowed to have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    There is no training here, but everyone is mad at you when things don't go right. This makes it stressful. Management doesn't understand this. There are many young people in charge. They always seem stressed out and don't talk to us unless things are bad. Our managers and attorneys are not happy with this either. The general counsel for the company only became an attorney in 2011. Promotions don't make sense here, it is never the people with experience or good work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better training and give people reason to want to try. When politics drive promotions, it is very disheartening to staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No investment in employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    they allow you to work remote. If you are an attorney, you are paid fairly well. You do not need to work long hours, so work/ home life balance is good.

    Cons

    Compensation is nowhere near industry standard. Training is something you need to fight for. Every employee is considered dispensable, and it creates an awful and dissatisfied company culture.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Dead End Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros. They tell you that the pros are the "great people you work with, not the pay." The pay does suck but the first part is a joke. There are more lazy backstabbers here than every company i have ever worked for in my twenty years in the workforce combined.

    Cons

    There are maybe 10 people who actually like working here, everyone else is miserable and complains about being miserable all day long. Management (owners, partners, executive committee, presidents) are admittedly unwilling to give honest feedback to the horrible middle layer of managers, supervisors, leads, and directors, who will collectively inevitably bring about the death of this company due to their laziness, incompetence, and uncanny ability to scare off all high value employees. I have never seen so many so called business-professionals be scared to make logical business decisions out of fear of offending toxic, non-producing employees. I have never met one in my entire career before this. It is scary how many you will find at this company.

    Projects get handed from one loser middle manager to the next with nothing ever being completed. The well-meaning teams under these managers become frustrated and demoralized when they see all of their hard work being ignored when the project gets handed off to the next loser manager to complete because their manager dropped the ball. This is all explained to you in vapid double-talk, never of course actually identifying management incompetence as the problem. The worst thing that can happen to bad managers here is that they may be asked to take on a different role in the company. Usually this is a pseudo demotion, but never phrased as such, where the loser manager will have less responsibility but the same salary and perks: a reward for laziness. These self-entitled losers usually don't see it this way though. Even though any normal company would send people like this packing, these losers are always offended, but also emboldened as they know they will not be fired no matter how subpar their performance. Currently, there are about 10 people around like this and they are a cancer to morale. They herd together devising ways to obstruct employees trying to actually get work done.

    Unlike most jobs where you are provided the information and resources you need to get your job done autonomously, here everything has to be signed off on by management, even small inconsequential details. Sometimes they takes years to get back to you when you have a question that they need to sign off on. It makes accomplishing anything generally impossible. Your salary is also awful. Raises are a joke. They almost never happen. When they do, you are not looked at as an individual: the best and worst employee of the same rank and tenure will receive the same raise, which will be a 2-3% raise max. There are zero perks. You will never have parking. You will play musical chairs every four months with your workspace, everyone does and always has. There is no opportunity for advancement unless you know one of the owners. I once had hope things could change, but am now convinced that this is a dead end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows all of this and they don't care. We had an employee engagement survey 4 months ago and 80% of the company said morale was awful. Nothing has been done to change things. If anything things have gotten worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Your starting salary will be your final salary; this job is nothing but a stepping stone.

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    Former Employee - Attorney  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Can get ok legal experience. Casual attire. A lot of the attorneys are nice people (not the managing partners).

    Cons

    Your hard work will never be appreciated in any meaningful way at all. This is a simple reality here. They will completely dumb you down on your salary while the partners and there very very small group of chosen few chew on the fat. It is very unapologetically in your face. As an attorney, you will struggle to pay bills, while the partners and their chosen ones go out on the private jet for frivolous reasons and take limos around the cities they visit solely to get drunk and party. When it comes time to talk about a raise, they will give you complete garbage excuses incessantly referring to the "industry," and you will either get nothing or get nothing. They know you know they are lying to you, and they do not care.

    Besides the lack of other opportunities, the only reason people stay here is because it is comfortable. You don't need to work your life away like you would at a larger firm. However, you will never advance here. Throwing people under the bus is encouraged, and everything here is a blame game. Luckily, because of the lack of any meaningful financial advancement, you simply won't care what is thought of you or whether you are being thrown under the bus.

    Every attorney comes into the firm with enthusiasm and ambition, and none of them can maintain it for more than a year. It soon becomes very apparent that doing anything above the bare minimum is just stupid. Your hard work, blood, and sweat are ignored (except for a verbal compliment, which literally pains the person giving it to you), and the most minor of trip ups is met with brutal criticism. Even tough decisions that must be made quickly and have no apparent answers will be met with nagging criticism if they don't turn out to be optimal. Luckily, like I said, you won't care one way or the other.

    I can imagine reading this criticism after just getting a job here and blowing it off as the rant of a bitter employee. Unfortunately, I am not upset at my time at this firm, it was simply a job when I needed one and I'm glad it was there. Everything I have said here is just simple reality. If you can find any employee who will speak candidly to you, they will tell you the exact same thing. Everyone who continues to work here has a full understanding that there is no opportunity here, but they just need a job and some experience while they look for something else. You won't wake up every day dreading going to work, but you know you will never get anywhere if you stay here. This has been the culture at this relatively young firm since it's inception, and it shows no signs of change. The partners will act like they are too stupid to realize that the only way to avoid turnover and get "service second to none" is to pay people a reasonable wage and provide them with something to look forward to and to work toward, but they aren't. They simply do not care. If you leave they will simply tell you not to let the door hit you on your way out. Once you accept the reality of this place, it can really be a nice little pit stop in your career. I am like most attorneys and cannot help but take pride in my work, and I will do what it takes to win my cases and act in my client's best interest. You must do this at any job. All I am saying is do not go out of your way to do any more at this firm, because no one will care. Let's be honest, money is the only way you can truly feel like you are appreciated at a firm. You will not feel appreciated at this firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot give advice to someone who doesn't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like management up in your personal life and talking behind your back, this job is for you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    -casual attire
    -flexible work schedule
    -coffee? it's crap unless you get some from Melissa or Dana.

    Cons

    -management is very unprofessional and likes to talk behind their employees back while acting two faced in front of their face
    -Although my department made the company the most money last year, they did not give anyone any raises. The raises they did give before are about 30 cents raise, if you're lucky. They do give bonus' to SOME people every three months, though I think this is only for retention purposes because the turn over is so high.
    -PARKING SUCKS! good luck finding parking. the company is so cheap they offer no compensation for parking lots or anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together and stop being so unprofessional and in your staff's life. Quit talking behind their back and making the work environment so uncomfortable. Also if you want turn over to lessen, start paying your employees higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unprofessional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Dress down days and can also use your headphones.

    Cons

    Micro Manages, upper management is very unprofessional both in their work ethic and in language. Does not reward for a job well done only finds what you did wrong not what you did right. Talks about others behind their backs. Hugh turnover. Pay is no better and raises are even worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get professional managers, not ones that yell or humiliate you on the floor in front of your peers. Managers who care about staff and not just what then can produce in a day. Need to stop the Micro Managing, trust me it does not work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Low Pay, Low Morale, Boring work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    - A job. Pay is usually $14 or $14.25. Ok if you really need a job.
    - Casual Dress Code (though in a way it might be nicer if people cared about how they looked at work)
    - You can listen to you ipod throughout the day

    Cons

    -Pay Schedule irregular (not every 2 weeks. One month it will be on, say, the 6th and the 24th, the next it will be on the 8th and the 20th, etc. So in addition, your paycheck $ amount seriously varies too)
    -NO ROOM FOR GROWTH (you have a bs or lower? legal assistant. law degree? lawyer. those are basically the only two jobs available.)
    -Boring. Whatever position or department you are in, you are basically doing the same thing over and over again all day. You most likely dont talk to anyone throughout the day
    -1 Hour Lunch and far away from any restaurants. So most people eat in the break area. It would be nice if you could take a half hour break for this reason and get out earlier, but that kind of discretion isnt left to employees.
    -No perks. Nothing. Lots of other places will give you parking, or a bus pass, or some help towards your cell phone... not here. No lunches or company parties. When you do want to do something like a holiday party or potluck, the employees themselves are the ones creating and chipping in for this.
    -Everyone hates their lives there. You basically want to kill yourself a little more every day because everyone hates it so much there. People aren't all that friendly and everyone knows they are being exploited.
    -You can't use the computers for your personal use at all. Forget about checking your facebook, email, etc. ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people a reasonable wage (even 15$ would be better), have a regular pay schedule.

    Not much else can help this though because of the nature of the job. They make more money having it like a sweatshop where everyone does the same thing over and over, than to allow workers to do a variety of tasks and give them more of a sense of accomplishment, because this isnt as profitable for the two guys in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    casual dress code for a law firm. Only days you need to dress up are when clients show up and that is usually only about 3-5 days out of the month.

    Cons

    parking is bad, some managers like to micro manage and do not even know how to manage. Some are good managers though. Attorneys usually keep to themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of micro managing, train better. A lot of employees are not trained well enough and make a lot of mistakes. A better training method needs to be put in place. It will help the efficiency of the employees and less micro managing will be necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a comfortable, friendly, mostly positive working environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    - "Acceptable" pay
    - Clear room for advancement and promotion
    - Nice, caring people to work with, for the most part
    - "Younger" (20s-30s) office culture
    - Great upper management
    - Early on, there was a definite "family" environment, and it continued to exist in a diminished form as the company grew in numbers

    Cons

    - Incompetence of certain middle-management (supervisors) people
    - Occasional improper spread of the work volume
    - Occasional overall chaotic of disorganized feeling
    - Morally questionable work, mostly due to the nature of the type of law the firm practices, and the parties they represent
    - High turnover rates (as a result of the above)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This may or may not have changed, and I can only speak for the Bankruptcy department, but there was a time when some of the middle management people ("supervisors") simply didn't know what they were doing, and/or had very poor people skills. It seems like they were put into their positions simply because they "worked hard" or had management experience, and not necessarily because they would make a good manager. I will refrain from naming names, but I'm sure there were confidential complaints made about certain individuals.

    Recommends
  11.  

    A supposed group of "so called professionals" that I've worked with that uses completely unprofessional language/manners

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    The lower support staff are nice people. The work schedule is flexible IF management likes you. Main office in California is helpful and respectful.

    Cons

    Unprofessional language. Unfprofessional demeanor from upper management. Definitely play favorites. Office setting was used as a daycare center. Not accomodating to evironmental settings. Work area is very small and cramped. Restroom time is frowned upon. Pay is negligible compared to other legal assistants in other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a group of apparent, learned lawyers, you need to uphold them all to use professional language in a professional setting. Got to get over the power play that you have a degree that only gives you an education to be able to use "the law" against your employees. If you're going to take government funds to train new employees, you need to actually train them, not just assume that they know what they are doing just because you keep forgetting they are new.

    Doesn't Recommend

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