Boies Schiller & Flexner Reviews | Glassdoor

Boies Schiller & Flexner Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
25 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.1
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
David Boies
9 Ratings

25 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Paralegal"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, Great people and a great place to work

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be long and there is lots of work, but you are compensated for it


  2. "Not the greatest"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Decent benefits
    -Great name on your resume
    -Some of the cases the company has taken on are incredibly important and makes you feel like they care about people.

    Cons

    -Management doesn't care about staff
    -Compensation is not great
    -HR is a joke
    -As someone apart of the back-end staff, I had more time on my hands than I knew what to do with. I spent most of my day browsing the internet and when I asked for work, I was told that there was no more to do. When I asked if I could branch out to other departments to help them out and learn more, I was told no in the event that I was needed there.
    -The gossiping that went on was atrocious. Middle-aged men and women talking about other people more than the job.

    Advice to Management

    HR should take complaints more seriously and look into management more. If an employee tells you that they are having issues with their manager, investigate it, don't just push it to the side until it festers and blows up. It's impossible to stop the gossip, but maybe crack down on it when it's obviously interfering with work. Some people spend more time gossiping than working.

  3. "Long hours, little reward"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great connections
    Early responsibility
    Given independent roles

    Cons

    Bad management
    Confusing communication between attorneys


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Ok.. not great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice office and staff, great facilities, casual work environment

    Cons

    low pay for the staff, some attorneys not nice to staff, not transparent

    Advice to Management

    try to pay your staff attorneys more, they work very long hours, staff does not get nearly same benefit and perks as rest of company


  5. "Used to be a great firm to work for (DC)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Bowie, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good, if you get with a good partner you will have a pretty good work experience.

    Cons

    DC Office is known as "the forgotten office" of the firm when it comes to management.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your staff - they too make up the dynamics of the firm.


  6. "Mostly Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

    Pros

    Most attorneys, partners and paralegals are courteous and professional. First is involved in a wide range of litigation, so a diverse experience can be had. Paralegals lead their own cases, so growth is possible.

    Cons

    Some partners and lead staff/admin are a bit self-serving, to the detriment of those they would otherwise serve. FIrm is slow to embrace litigation technologies.

    Advice to Management

    90% success at treating employees isn't horrible, but focusing on the remaining 10% would put you in the world-class you seek to reach. Find a way to invest in technologies to make everyone's job more efficient, rather than using slower tech which then gets charged to the client via employee billed time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Survivable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of smart people to speak with. Working on cases that are in the media can be entertaining. The firm often does work that you can be proud to be associated with. If you go in already knowing what you're doing, you'll be fine.

    Cons

    Not a place for the long term, if you care about your salary. The staff pay is modest to average. The raises will not exceed the COLA, no matter how well you perform. This means your effective salary will fall as long as you stay at BSF. The reviews the raises are based on are not well done. If you are a Californian, the short term disability pay is not standard, there are only 6 weeks covered at 100% of pay, as opposed to 12. Unlike how other big firms work, should you have to take a disability leave, your disability check will arrive whenever it gets processed, not on the scheduled pay period, but probably the one after if you're lucky. (So that's at least an extra two weeks without being paid while dealing with the stress of being ill.) If you find yourself in the position of doing a massive and unscheduled shift, you better show up again for your next scheduled shift after only 9 hours off or your PTO will be docked and you will be marked with an "unexcused tardy" on your record. This is regular policy. This is your reward for being available for a massive shift. PTO is a benefit that you own, so with this policy you will find yourself paying them for the privilege of servicing them and having less vacation time for your use. There is no help desk, there is little training and no support. If you know what you're doing, you will be inundated with work (but not necessarily compensated or acknowledged for the extra work in the area of a salary increase or review, see above.)

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying cost-of-living increases along with the raise, you may retain competent people. Consider a feedback system that is effective, timely and fair - this is how you improve performance. Consider supplying training and support for staff. Consider instituting templates and macros for document production -- other firms, large and small, provide these tools. If you keep hiring people with only a few years of experience and then not training them, giving them feedback, or proper tools, you will continue to have painful inefficiencies in your system. Consider an after-hours support staff that supports the BSF attorneys nationally for their document processing needs -- with the e-filing midnight deadline, that is when the help is needed.

  8. "Feedback"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous, professional, friendly, casual and great location

    Cons

    Management plays favorites; little to no opportunity for advancement


  9. "Horrible people and place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist
    Former Employee - Receptionist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nasty group of old ladies and not too bright attorneys

    Cons

    Old ladies scream at you and call each other names, poor salary, poor benefits, rude paralegals,


  10. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

    Pros

    Brilliantly-minded people who are very willing to educate others. Those around you inspire you to be greater, to learn more, to apply yourself constantly, and to push your intellectual boundaries.

    Cons

    The pay is not "competitive", there is a very loosely defined company structure, although that can be considered a positive because it is a very liberal atmosphere where dedication and commitment often go rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Create more of a structured environment that somehow provides more oversight for any/all positions within the firm. Training would be fantastic for administrative positions so that people are better able to provide help without having to outsource their question.


Showing 25 of 25 reviews
Reset Filters