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Berry Appleman & Leiden Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • We have fun, wear jeans, have a flexible work schedule, and our management truly cares about it's employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Fun work environment, good training, and great work experience (in 11 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 (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wearing jeans every day, One BAL comraderie, great coffee, nice offices, great salaries, awesome clients. Prizes, fun environment. Partners are cool.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but the work is INTENSE. That should be expected with a firm like this. Expect some unpaid overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to paying overtime. Training could be a little better organized. Holiday policy is a little stingy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "BAL is an amazing place to work"

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    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!


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The worst place I have ever worked."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Casual dress code.
    -Bagels on Thursday.

    Cons

    - No opportunities for growth.
    - Salaries below average for the Bay Area
    - No work life balance
    - A lot of stress/anxiety/tension
    - Expensive health insurance
    - No additional perks

    Advice to Management

    - Need to understand that employees are valuable people too not only clients.
    - Treat your employees with respect, NOT just as a number.
    - Letting your ego get ahead of you and thinking you know it all is a sure path to failure.
    - Be generous with Reward and Recognition and "Thank You" notes. Recognize the hard work of your employee publicly.
    - If you treat employees only as the means to an end, you will never have their loyalty.
    - Don't just consider them as a robot on your production line. Demonstrate that you value people and they in turn, will work hard and take care of your clients.
    - Don't make promises that you can't not keep.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No option for ZERO stars!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If I could put zero stars, I would!

    Cons

    This is the most UNETHICAL place I have ever worked. Do not come to work here if you have a conscience or any type of knowledge on best practices within in industry or certain subject matters. I made the worst decision of my professional career coming to BAL and I cannot wait to get out of this pathetic excuse of a company!

    Advice to Management

    Get it together!!!!

  8. "nice!"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Fun! People are nice! Free food!

    Cons

    Long drive but that's on me.

    Advice to Management

    You're perfect.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    - Management is the WORST. Any errors/mistakes are automatically deflected upon the lower tier Employees. Don't own up to their own misguidance/mistakes. Also rude and unappreciative.
    - Micro Management. Despite being there for years, there is zero level of trust built.
    - No opportunities for growth.
    - Salaries below average for the Bay Area
    - No work life balance
    - A lot of stress/anxiety/tension

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your Employees. Don't micro manage. Own up to your mistakes. Give constructive criticism. WORK LIFE BALANCE!!!


  10. "Law Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They're are a lot of resources and free bagels on Thursdays

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities for advancement


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