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Boies Schiller & Flexner Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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  1. "Paralegal"

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    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. "Really think this one through"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

    Pros

    Pay is average for staff
    Well regarded firm

    Cons

    Office manager was super strict on clock-in times
    Lack of organization throughout firm, so as staff, we bear the brunt of miscoummunicatons
    Lack of resources and investment in firm technology meaning no e-discovery software, no calendaring software, outdated and severely inadequate copy machines that cannot hole punch or staple
    Due to lack of central database system, when cases are worked on across offices, wrong versions of documents are used and results in long nights redoing what someone else has already done
    Staff is miserable, you could hear a pin drop in the office, minimal talking or conversating
    While I was there, every other week a staff member quit, it was crazy!

  3. "A decent first job"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was my first job out of college and I would say overall it was a great experience working with some of the best legal minds out there. Really cool cases. Hours can be long (my longest week was about 110 hours) but when I approached HR about the low pay, they took things really seriously, called around to other firms, and realized our pay was low for the industry standard and gave everyone raises. Also if you work late you get dinner and a car home, which is awesome. Some of the attorneys I worked with were wonderful and we still keep in touch 4 years later, and some were power hungry and didn't care much for the "little people". Support staff is amazing -- they are the people to befriend because they get things done for the people they like first. Everyone has a lot of fun at the Christmas party.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay wasn't awesome, (it got better while I was there), and it's kind of a boys club. Some of the older male attorneys could use some sexual harassment training.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Very Disorganized Firm, and Watch Out if You're Hired as Staff"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Well-known mid-size firm, especially founder David Boies
    -Very liberal
    -They don't fire a lot of people--HR is walked all over by staff, especially legal assistants

    Cons

    -Attorneys are hired based on their reputation are paid very well compared to other firms, but staff are hired with little experience and paid less than average
    -New York City office (which I worked in) was very loud. Attorneys often spoke in halls in groups very loud, and paralegals and legal assistants were constantly at each other's desks socializing. It was impossible to do serious work
    -HR is a joke. There are 2 HR people for the entire NY office. HR have little rules so staff is out of control. Very passive.
    -Office services doesn't do their job. Printers are never restocked with paper, supplies are disorganized and hard to find, mail doesn't come around at set times--whenever they feel like it, and when asked to help they're often lazy and aren't willing to help even though they haven't been assigned anything else to do. They're also distracting when picking up mail from desks
    -Extremely gossipy office. Both attorneys and staff are not kind compared to other firms I've worked at, especially Reception and Legal Assistants. The majority of staff is younger than other firms so it's like high school
    -Almost all Legal Assistants are lazy, talk too much and do little work. They are looked down at by the attorneys as incompetent and a hinderance more than a help. They watch movies on their computers during the day, have personal conversations on the phone, and walk to and from each other's desks all day talking. This makes it impossible for attorneys to stay on task because they're always looking for their legal assistants, and it makes the office very loud and distracting to work in
    -Firm is extremely disorganized. If I was a client I'd never trust this firm. Confidential papers are left out on desks in plain sight and on copy machines. Staff is trained extremely little so they all have a different way of doing things, often the incorrect way. The files for the attorneys I was assigned to were always a mess when I got them.
    -Their expense reimbursement process for staff, and Billing department in the NYC office is very small, extremely primitive, and inefficient because papers were constantly lost and expenses were often forgotten about
    -The firm has a great reputation but behind closed doors is very basic. The firm directory is literally a simple PowerPoint presentation. Computer programs are old, and their technology is very behind compared to other larger firms, which makes things run slow and inefficient, not to mention frustrating . All assistants don't have all of the same programs so we constantly have to ask each other for help, and often senior legal assistants with all the programs would have attitudes when asked for help. No Document Management system so documents are often hard to retrieve easily and get lost.
    -Phone systems between offices isn't set up with codes so you can't transfer calls between offices easily. You need to call the office number itself
    -IT is a joke. IT is very small and often they get in late so if your computer is down then you're waiting until they come in. They answer their emails late and there is no back up after hours. Often I was told there wasn't a problem when there was one, and often given quick fix advice instead of advice about how to permanently solve a problem so it would keep reoccuring
    -Huge amount of nepotism. A lot of attorneys and senior staff are hired because they are family members. This makes it difficult because they favor each other a lot and are often given benefits that other employees aren't given
    -They give recommendations to attorneys, summer associates, and interns on letterhead or by phone, but refuse to act as a reference or give recommendations of former staff which is both unfair, and makes it difficult to find another job once you leave their firm.

    Advice to Management

    -Train and invest in better staff. Get rid of staff who isn't pulling their weight
    -Instead of overpaying attorneys use money to have departments run more smoothly and upgrade technology
    -Gossiping happens in every office but this was by far the worst I've ever worked in. Encourage kindness or you're going to have harassment lawsuits moving forward I'm sure of it


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not the greatest"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, little reward"

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Ok.. not great"

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly Good"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Survivable"

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    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.


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