Oliff Berridge
2.0 of 5 7 reviews
www.oliff.com Alexandria, VA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated May 25, 2014

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work if you like structure.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe firm is very rule oriented, however, the rules are really no different then working at any other law firm (i.e., personal phone use, dress code, etc.)

    The pay is comparable provides a Holiday Bonus every year.

    ConsOne of the cons of working here is the benefits package. It is fairly standard and matches that of some of the bigger patent firms. However, the firm does not offer any HSA/FSA's nor does it provide wellness programs. Also,the firm only contributes a percentage of employees health insurance premium, which is great if you are a single person. They do not provide assistance to those with a family and the employee is left having to deduct a large amount of money to provide insurance to thier dependents.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the healthcare benefits!!!

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    Terrible experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly attorneys (the non partners).

    ConsLimited benefits package. Gestapo-like environment. They (the partners) watch everyone and they watch closely. I have worked at a number organizations in the metro DC area and this place is hands-down the worst company to work for. The reason I left is because I was fortunate to have the skills to pick and choose where I wanted to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer Associate in patent prosecution work

    Summer Associate (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsGreat place to get some basic patent prosecution experience, but don't expect much formal training. There's a trial by fire approach.

    ConsPoor leadership, office politics, caustic work culture...basically, don't work here unless you need the experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your managers to become stronger leaders

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot, but an awful place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearned a lot, there aren't very many pros. I guess, if one is efficient, you can leave the office pretty early relative to most attorney positions.

    ConsToxic environment
    Small mistakes are not tolerated
    James Oliff is a tyrant who yells at least once a month.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose up shop. Eventually clients will realize what an awful place to work this is, and that no one is retained. This leads to poor work product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfied with my experience

    Docket Clerk (Former Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    Pros1. If you follow the firm's directions and guidelines you will succeed. The firm has 'loosened it's tie' compared to years past in regards to the rules mentioned by others.
    2. They usually promote from within. Most managers were at one point lower level support staff.
    3. Provides great training opportunities even for entry-level positions.
    4. It is a fairly stable environment.
    5. Decent benefits considering the current economic conditions.

    Cons1. They are really into punctuality at the firm. If you are the type of person that is constantly five minutes late, then the firm may not be the right place for you.
    2. Compared to other law firms, all male staff are required to wear ties. Jeans are not appropriate attire at the office, even for support staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to 'loosen the tie'!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Upon first glance, seems like an opportunity to learn, but little growth and mundane work - say no.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    Pros1 hour lunch, some fun co-workers

    ConsHIgh Stress, little growth, mundane work, only for people who want to be in Patent Law. Makes you reconsider a law career. Some days are unbearable. Low pay, poverty level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership is definitely concerned with money first and foremost. Wish the pay were greater so employees would care about making firm's money also.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough place to work

    Attorney (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady work and plenty of it. Lots of training at doing basic prosecution work, the hours are hard but reasonable. If you're doing well, then you progress very quickly within the firm.

    ConsSeems as if more consideration is given to support staff than the attorneys. Very difficult work/life balance. As you mature within the firm, it appears that things get harder and harder. Very few attorneys survive more than two years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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