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Berry Appleman & Leiden Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Pros
  • The only perk is free donuts and bagels on Thursdays (in 12 reviews)

  • We have fun, wear jeans, have a flexible work schedule, and our management truly cares about it's employees (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nonexistent (in 9 reviews)

  • High caseload, high turnover, can be stressful (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Immigration Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good medical benefit and bonuses; flexibility requesting time off

    Cons

    fires employee without any warning; "client first" motto diminishes the work ethic for current employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked, high expectations, no quarter."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code
    Bagels on Thursdays?
    Young and like minded colleagues

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid
    Understaffed
    Management can be belittling and demoralizing
    Asked to do work beyond job description without any acknowledgement or salary increase
    Very limited mobility
    Management doesn't help enough
    BAL hardly does the bare minimum to care for its employees and create an environment that is "a great place to work." BAL is NOT a great place to work by any metric.
    New internal software is rubbish and management has no intention of trying to admit its mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Be more positive, helpful, and grateful
    Don't be emotional and simply try to make others feel bad and less-than

  3. Helpful (3)

    "BAL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    They pay you on time.

    Cons

    1. You'll be told to do your bosses work, who is more than likely too incompetent to do it themselves. They will take credit for your work regardless.
    2. Progression in completely dependent on whether or not you are part of the right clique.
    3. Managers are emotional, irresponsible and project their failures on their surrounding employees.
    4. Completing major or important projects is rewarded with an insignificant 'thanks'.
    5. Bonuses are non-existent, unless you want gift cards to fast-food restaurants.
    6. Department heads and lead managers will take your projects from you when they are completed and take credit for YOUR work.
    7. Promotions are not an option.
    8. Departmental managers often fight with one another, which often negatively impacts lower level employees.
    9. There is little to no computer literacy within the office.
    10. If you are good at a particular task, you're expected to complete that task for everyone in the firm from now on.
    11. You will regularly be told to complete tasks without direction, and then be ridiculed if you cannot read your bosses mind.
    12. No time off.
    13. Rules do not apply to management.
    14. Upper-management is completely detached from everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Find better management.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Immigration Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Immigration Assistant
    Current Employee - Immigration Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bagels on Thursdays! Your co-workers are pretty friendly and always open to help.

    Cons

    Management does not care about your career development. You will be punished for being good at your job. They will ask you to do more work without better compensation. They refuse to give you a promotion even though they ask you to do work that goes beyond your job description. They refuse to give you exceptional in your reviews so that you cannot have proof that you deserve a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    If you invest in your employees, they will be happy and stick around.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Depressing , Negative place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bagels? Really? How about a week off during the holidays or days off here and there . Bonuses can be decent depending on your management.

    Cons

    No appreciation at all- constant backstabbing Why not make it a team environment? It was torture to show up every day...

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees, you are never going to be a place people actually want to work at if you don't.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible culture, benefits and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    A paycheck. Free parking. Coffee. A few super nice people.

    Cons

    This firm is run by inexperienced "leaders" who are emotionally unintelligent and childlike. Culture was reminiscent of playground "cliques" from grade school days.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Get over yourselves. Read a book on servant leadership and/or emotional intelligence.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and great entry job to learn about Immigration law.

    Cons

    Not enough recognition. Heavy work days. Low compensation.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "BAL is an amazing place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At BAL, they care about their clients and their employees. From the first day, they have made me feel welcomed and appreciated. I enjoy working with my team and my manager and have learned a lot from working here. The office parties, the team-building activities, the benefits, PTO, etc. make the experience working here amazing.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any cons

    Advice to Management

    Management has given me all the tools I need to succeed at this firm, I would not change a thing!


  9. "Consular Services Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    The company is all about teamwork.

    Cons

    No training is provided. You will need to learn everything as you process a case.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Fun Environment (when, on the rare occasion, you have time to enjoy these aspects)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Intelligent, driven, hard-working, fun colleagues.
    -Depending on your role, you never stop learning.
    -You will broaden and strengthen your capacity to handle stress and keep cool amongst chaos.
    -Great "happy hour" events/celebrations (when they occur).
    -Fun company-wide challenges a couple of times a year.
    -Great holiday party.

    Cons

    -Awful work/life balance.
    -No matter how hard you work, it never feels like enough, which is extremely frustrating for go-getters (the only type of individual that can survive in the high volume, high stress for long)
    -It seems compensation is often decided by duration of employment instead of quality of performance.
    -Inequalities in expectations between employees at similar levels.

    Advice to Management

    Work on:
    -Hire more staff at all levels.
    -Don't make promises you can't keep.
    -Market rate salary adjustments, annual salary adjustments, and discretionary bonuses should not be mutually exclusive.
    -Staff is more intelligent and more aware of the company goings-on than it seems management understands. Keeping staff in the loop is beneficial to all.


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