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Berry Appleman & Leiden Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "Competitive Pay; Varied responsibilities and tasks; Flexible work schedule (to a degree); casual work environment; great coworkers and support staff" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Super fun work environment and staff, catered lunches and other perks" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is nonexistent" (in 12 reviews)

  • "no consistency in teams clients things are always changing due to turnover rate, poor clients who are always dealing with new staff" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to Pursue Being Exceptional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company genuinely CARES about its employees and is becoming more awesome by the day. They don't always get it right, but they get it right a lot of the time and they always try. They also actively seek feedback, listen, acknowledge any issues and then continually try to improve. They recently took all of leadership to an amazing resort in Puerto Vallarta and challenged each person to be exceptional in our personal lives, professional teams and in our firm. The sessions with our Managing Partner and Equity Partners were authentic and genuine, and we left feeling inspired, proud and empowered. We just opened our New York office and added a ton of cool, talented people and we are growing like crazy after our Deloitte alliance. It's been an awesome 2018 and 2019's going to be even better!! #cantwait #placetobe #futuressobright #myBAL

    Cons

    Still can't bring our dogs to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and continually strive to be exceptional. We notice and we appreciate it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Immigration Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Immigration Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Immigration Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, opportunities to grow, co-workers always willing to help.

    Cons

    too much gossip and drama going on in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your paralegals and praise for their effort

  3. "Fast paced environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    Young and energetic team
    You can learn a lot within a short period of time

    Cons

    Employee turnover rate is high


  4. "Incredibly bad leadership."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I thought a high growth but risky opportunity was what I needed. Boy was I wrong.

    Cons

    Leadership at Berry Appleman & Leiden is heartless, ruthless, divisive and indecisive. And do you know who will pay the price for their missteps? You got that right, you will.
    They've hired and fired at unbelievable rates, while failing to formulate a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Stop stepping on your employees faces to vault yourself into higher position and ever higher levels of compensation for yourself.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small office, personable staff, great work, no pressure

    Cons

    Pay sometimes doesnt equal amount of work youre putting in

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher even for admin positions!


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and willing to help you out.

    Cons

    Can be stressful due to heavy workloads at times.


  7. "Accounts Payable Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible, great environment

    Cons

    Big firm, easy to be overlooked

  8. "Immigration Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    Good office environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Unbearable and monotonous work load.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The best place to work for corporate immigration"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Benefits; Pay; Culture; Flex Hours; Communication.

    Great company to work for. I've worked for two other immigration firms and both are direct competitors and I can honestly say, this is the best place to work for immigration. It's also the best job I've had in my 20 year career. The firm has transitioned from trying to change how we make the widget to how we can improve your environment and work culture. They've rolled out several fun programs such as flex hours, 9/80 scheduling where you work 80 hours in 9 days and get the 10th day off, service days, volunteer days, and several more. Truly a great place to work. They also have a true open door policy. I'm never afraid of being myself or saying what I want to say.

    Cons

    The work is challenging and can be stressful, however management and the partners do what they can to motivate and take some of the pressure off.

    Advice to Management

    Roll out 9/80 year round.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inspired to be exceptional."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    I don't normally post on these sites, but felt inspired coming back from our 150+ person leadership retreat. Hats off to our leadership and planners. The theme of pursuing the exceptional for your self, your team, and the firm made a lasting impression and I've already engaged my team to cascade the messaging.

    There are many firms who do immigration law, but none that focus on culture and values as much as BAL. I'm excited for what's ahead and to team up with other great talent we have and continue to attract.

    For anyone interested in working for a fun, tech forward firm, this is what you've been looking for... and I think we're on a hiring craze, good news for any job seekers out there.

    Cons

    BAL is growing and evolving very fast. Some see this as a con so I list it here. I think of it as necessary to grow and to continue to be able to reinvest in making this a great place to work. If you're looking to do the same thing for 30 years, this is not the place for you. If you want to deliver exceptional service and play an active part in shaping the firm, this place gives you a great platform to step up and lead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the leadership development that exists for ALL staff.