Melville Johnson, PC Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  1. I learned how to be a lawyer here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am not sure what the compliants are about, but I worked there for 2 years quite a while ago. I worked closely with the owner, we tried cases together, and I learened how to litigate. This palce is a training ground for attorneys. If you do not like litigation, this is not the place for you. I was picked up by a medium sized firm becuase of my experience and paid substantially more. I left that firm and am now a partner in another medium sized firm.

    Cons

    Lots of times you have to make independent decisions on your own. The owner is nice enough, but there is really nowhere to go unless he sells you the firm to you. Small environment means that you can't hide your mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there and keep it up!


  2. Horrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good reason to work at GMJ is you want to get disbarred and have a tainted reputation in the Atlanta legal community.

    Cons

    The environment feels like being an involuntary member of the Mafia.

    Advice to Management

    We do not reap what we sow. We reap more than we sow. l


  3. Helpful (2)

    Fun people to work with and great work experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I started at the firm recently and have had the opportunity for some great hands on experience working with clients and opposing counsel. The new Officer Manager and Senior Attorney have been very helpful and are friendly. I had previously worked only in state employment law and the firm has been very supportive in transitioning me to the administrative procedures for federal employment law.

    Cons

    The government agencies can take a long time to respond to requests and will frequently send the wrong information when they do.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more of your barbecue!


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  5. Happy to work for Melville Johnson P.C.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Intake Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Intake Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice starting salary, good benefits, pleasant and professional work environment. I am thankful for the useful knowledge and experience I gain on a daily basis, the attorneys are dedicated, driven, and always willing to lend a helping hand. Every day is an opportunity to better myself both personally and professionally. I take pride in knowing that we are providing our clients with excellent representation and helping our clients with their legal matters.

    Cons

    The central midtown location is always busy which can make traffic an issue but other than that I do not have any complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Update employee-training manuals.


  6. Helpful (1)

    I currently work at Melville Johnson, P.C.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Melville Johnson, PC full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional, supportive work environment with great pay and health benefits. This firm invests in their employees during a time when not many firms are willing to train and develop young attorneys. There is definitely the opportunity for attorneys to gain a lot of knowledge and experience in litigation and federal employment law at this firm. I have gained more experience at my time here than many of my peers that I graduated from law school with. I also like the fact that management at the firm does not micro-manage every second of my day.

    Cons

    Do not schedule time off around the time of a hearing or a trial. Litigation can be time consuming and requires a great deal of time management. Also, working with opposing counsel can be challenging in that they are often slow to respond to requests and will not comply with the administrative judge's orders.

    Advice to Management

    Try investing in more ways to engage potential clients via the internet and social media.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Beware x2

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

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As others have said, the managing partner/owner will hire you with little to no experience, but that's the brilliance of his business model! He is constantly hiring new attorneys because he knows once they've grown sick of the firm, he can start again from scratch with a new batch of attorneys seeking work. The cycle, unfortunately, is bound to continue based on the poor legal market.

    Cons

    You had better bill 7.5 hours a day or you'll get an earful, even if there isn't 7.5 hours of work to do.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Recent Positive Comments Are Truly a HOAX

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

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Agreed with previous post; location (that is all I would be able to say)

    Cons

    Worst unethical behavior, totally unprofessional, Can't keep clients or employees for that matter, billing practices are very questionable, huge disrespect for the employees and clients.

    Advice to Management

    Hang it up! Call it quits.................This firm is a great example of what NOT to do. To have the audacity to (very current) make sure the new employees post fake reviews. Is this part of their job description?


  9. Helpful (2)

    Must Question Recent Positive Reviews

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not sure I can make a single positive comments about this organization. Their office is at a nice location in Midtown. But that is the only Pro.

    Cons

    I do not understand how this company can call itself ethical. I did not see management do a lick of work or give any positive support to its staff in my brief stint there. In fact, I found them condescending at best, abusive at worst. They were away from the office more than they were in it. It has been a revolving door of attorneys and most of them did not work there long enough to exhaust pre-trial procedures, let alone fully litigate a federal claim.

    Advice to Management

    Have to agree with what others have written. Get out of the game! You are making a negative contribution to the legal profession. You have zero people skills in a profession than demands excellence in people skills. The time to develop those skills passed you by a long time ago, so do the profession a favor and get out of the game.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Wait, are they really still in business?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary/ benefits for the 2-3 months you will work there. Use it like unemployment pay- something to get you by until you get a real job.

    Cons

    Everything else. Nothing positive comes from that place. Irrational behavior, unrealistic expectations, and an overall negative environment. If you are preparing to interview there, PLEASE inquire about the turnover and hope that they are honest about it... though I doubt they will be. Ask how long their longest CURRENT employee has been there!

    Advice to Management

    Become "silent partners" and just stay down in Newnan and let someone else take over... you are too far gone to even try to fix.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Melville Johnson, PC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No disciplinary history per the Georgia Bar site.

    Cons

    Reputation re allegations of conduct (in local, state politics) will attach to YOU; Reputation as employer, now advertising anonymously on Craigslist for 2 attorney openings (2013) supports statements made in 2012 reviews that this place is a revolving door for the reasons stated in those reviews, so you should run like hell. 401K? Partnership? It doesn't sound like anyone stays long enough to even take their vacation time (allegedly available--after 6 months).

    Advice to Management

    Work on your people skills? (Oh, right you're never the problem are you; it's always somebody else). You know the type.



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