Oliff Berridge Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
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  1. Great place to work if you like structure.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oliff Berridge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    One 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look at the healthcare benefits!!!

    No opinion of CEO
  2. The turn over rate is out of this world!

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    Former Employee - IP Specialist
    Former Employee - IP Specialist

    I worked at Oliff Berridge

    Pros

    Pros? I always received my paycheck on time. Ummm...also, they pay for parking and provide free lunch on Wednesdays.

    Cons

    The office culture is absolutely miserable. I did not realize how important an amicable environment was until I began working here. The secretaries are miserable, the paralegals are rude, and the lawyers are depressing. The turnover rate is crazy--think +50% turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer free counseling services upon employment--maybe then you could get people to stick around a little longer. Also, smiling every once and a while wouldn't hurt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. I had a horrible experience

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    Former Employee - IP Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - IP Specialist in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gaining experience in patent prosecution.

    Cons

    Strict and do not care about the employees, especially the ip specialist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to show your staff more appreciation and maybe people would actually stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Terrible experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly attorneys (the non partners).

    Cons

    Limited 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Summer Associate in patent prosecution work

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    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Oliff Berridge as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to become stronger leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot, but an awful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oliff Berridge

    Pros

    Learned 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Satisfied with my experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to 'loosen the tie'!

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Oliff Berridge

    Pros

    1 hour lunch, some fun co-workers

    Cons

    HIgh 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Tough place to work

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

    I have been working at Oliff Berridge

    Pros

    Steady 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.

    Cons

    Seems 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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