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  1. "Greatest Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Receptionist in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Receptionist in Fairfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen Matkins (More than a year)

    Pros

    I currently work for Allen Matkins, they are by far the best Law Firm I have worked for. The partners are real people and treat everyone with genuine kindness. They pay vert well and have great benefits too.

    Cons

    I know of no cons with this Allen Matkins. The are honest and diligently make sure that their employees are healthy and well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Steve Morris


  2. "Litigation Technology Manager"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Technology Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Litigation Technology Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen Matkins (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attorneys and paralegals are all very willing to learn new technologies. It is fun working with them to help make their jobs easier.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The other associates are great people, but they keep leaving because the firm is not a great place to be

    Cons

    The partners you work for, completely clueless management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Iss in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Iss in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environment is excellent to work in

    Cons

    Management needs to be more consistent

    Advice to Management

    Hire a true manager.


  5. Helpful (3)

    ""The work environment is unbearable""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Allen Matkins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to meet experienced attorneys, specifically in corporate and employment law.

    Cons

    The office administrator is an obsessive micromanager which makes the work environment very hostile. The pettyness that happens in this place is unbelievable for a respected law firm such as this one. The employees assisting the attorneys are not happy. Nobody recognizes the good work done by the legal secretaries or the clerical staff, but if you do something wrong you will hear about it immediately. The receptionists are fired every 3 months for no reason. Nobody seems to care that nobody gets along.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so petty and start caring about your employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "You need to be interested in Real Estate only to survive"

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen Matkins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can make decent money and work reasonable hours. The support staff is also very good. And the firm loves to eat and drink.

    Cons

    Partners will smile at you saying you are wonderful and have a strong future here while at the same time sinking your career battleship.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "To date, the best job I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very competitive salary and benefits, especially for a 24-year-old who was incredibly wet behind the ears starting out;
    -Started with 4 weeks PTO, increased after 5 years to 5 weeks PTO [although I doubt they still do that since the economic downturn];
    -Extremely nice attorneys and staff overall, from the biggest rainmakers to the youngest associates cutting their teeth. Most of the "yellers" slowly left during my time there;
    -GREAT holiday parties;
    -I got a 6-week severance when they laid me off in '09. They usually didn't do severances at all so it was appreciated until I could find another job (which only took me 10 days... I was lucky).

    Cons

    My beef was not getting laid off. I've since been promoted and everything's gravy. My beef was getting laid off BEFORE a handful of extremely incompetent people. It came down to a numbers game, I know, but it stuck in my craw for awhile.

    That said, I really wish I could be a huge internet troll and flame them. But I have no regrets whatsoever about working here. Even the dreaded lay-off meeting was amicable (the office administrator was in tears when she told me).

    Advice to Management

    When a loyal long-time employee with nothing but great performance evaluations is fully aware the axe is coming down in a few months, and that same employee offers a cut in salary, a cut in bonus, even a cut in hours to stay, I would negotiate. You can't beat that deal.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good People, Bad Management, Poor Compensation"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Allen Matkins full-time

    Pros

    The associates you work with are awesome, partners are pretty good (only a few unreasonable partners). Associates and senior counsel are very willing to help or answer questions.

    Cons

    Zero structured training, unreasonable lay-off decisions, management often times will force attorneys to take their previous year's compensation the next year, very uncompetitive salaries--way below market.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at your attorneys like they're just numbers. Doing so is why you are losing good ones.