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Baron & Budd Reviews

Updated November 9, 2016
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  1. "File Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time

    Pros

    Really laid back environment. Friendly co-workers. The bosses look out for the their staff. Great pay.

    Cons

    The down sizing and laid-offs.


  2. "Great Company if you just want an easy, stress-fee job"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    almost 4 weeks of PTO, relaxed atmosphere and 37.5 hrs/workweek

    Cons

    no room for upper movement, company not open to new ideas/processes


  3. "Value Those Who Are Loyal & Work Hard"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and generous bonus. Co-workers were like family.

    Cons

    Base salary was extremely low. Raises appeared to be across the board instead of based on work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    You value employees verbally which is great but please ensure their salary is also increased on merit.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a wonderful place to work. Don't let a few bad apples spoil it for you. Rise above them and shine!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, great IT department, beautiful offices with breathtaking views, amazing HR department, lots of office parties and catered meals, great facility/ break room perks, involved in community events, team driven projects.

    Cons

    Many inefficient practices, repetitive work, unorganized management, several attorney's in charge and they don't know what they are doing, some appearing busy/productive but more social, very cliquey.If certain attorney's don't like you for social reasons they will make it hard for you, even if you do a great job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting certain inexperienced attorney's run things because they don't have the manners or tact or intelligence. Their ideas are to repeat the same work 10 different times and call it efficient. But yet, get upset if you work overtime. They don't take suggestions or positive criticism, even if it is actually a better practice and really efficient. They are given too much of a reign because the real experienced attorneys act like they are above it and shouldn't be bothered.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Settlement Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Settlement Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met some lifelong friends at B&B. Loved that I felt I was helping people. Benefits were awesome!

    Cons

    Having to put in a lot of overtime for projects directed by a Shareholder, then not being appreciated. I heard that when attorneys were hired, they were specifically told to not mingle with 'staff'.


  7. "Great firm culture"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, motivated, intelligent people doing important work.

    Cons

    None, to speak of. Honestly can't think of anything.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits and Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment with incredible technical support and training

    Cons

    Interpersonal Communication training among staff as a result of handling cases involving human tragedy

    Advice to Management

    Oftentimes the reward of a job well done is nothing more than knowing your client (or their family) personal or professional life was saved.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Shadow of its former self"

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baron & Budd full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    (1) Underlying mission of the firm - to help really sick and suffering people and their families deal with asbestos claims.
    (2) Awesome benefits (i.e. health insurance, 401K, free coffee/soda, holiday parties, etc)
    (3) Fast-paced, quick learning environment
    (4) Decent bonuses (but has been on the decline)

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency - the firm is very opaque when it comes to salary. They do not want employees to share their compensation with each other and the firm definitely operates in a black box
    - Compensation is low - the firm wants to recruit better attorneys and staff, but the compensation doesn't match reality. The benefits are great, but when you expect your attorneys to work more hours than the big firms, get paid less, and still not get a bonus for working all those hours, you are going to lose out on some decent talent.
    - Unclear firm direction - the shareholders are notorious for keeping employees (attorneys and staff alike) in the dark when it comes to the firm, its direction, and goals.
    - Hypocritical policies - the firm makes no appologies in its Democrat affiliation. While the shareholders like to pretend they care about the little people and upholding the Democrat's ethos on helping the unfortunate, many times they don't "practice what they preach." They take no issue in firing a long time employee to save a few bucks.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep employees abreast of the firm and its direction. As asbestos litigation starts dropping off, employees become concerned about the long-term viability of the firm. How is the firm going to survive when all the bankruptcy trusts are paid out and there are no more asbestos victims to represent
    - Be more loyal to your employees - employee morale is down at the firm because many of your senior employees are being laid-off because they make too much money. The shareholders are multi-millionaires and the money they save in firing these loyal employees is minor relative to the profits they make.
    - Increase the base salary - employees realize that the firm is contingency and the firm only gets paid when the client gets paid, but the same excuse is being used year after year on lackluster bonuses. On the one hand the firm acknowledges that they pay lower than other firms on base salary because there is great upside on the bonuses, but on the other hand the firm fails to reward those who work overtime on the premise that "it wasn't a good year." This is contrary to the press releases and news updates the firm posts on its website, where it constantly talks about the millions of dollars of the settlement money that comes in every year. Plus, the shareholders come in to work driving Aston Martins and other $100K+ vehicles while complaining about the plane ride in the firm's private jet. Management should not keep pretending that they are hurting financially on the one hand, while "living it up" and talking about the millions they earn on the other.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Most people are overworked. Management has changed and employees are not treated well."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are intelligent and very hard working.

    Cons

    Employees are unhappy and are afraid they will be fired or layed off at a moment's notice.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Fast paced, exciting environment with an emphasis on fighting for the underdog."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was driven to win even under tough circumstances. They always had their clients' best interests at heart and persevered no matter what.

    Cons

    Attorneys have their own language and sometimes it was hard to understand what they really meant. They did not realize that not everyone working there had a legal background!

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting the good fight and be sure that everyone on staff is aware of the good work.


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