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David Boies
11 Ratings
  1. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great Salary, hours and commission-based bonus.

    Cons

    None that I can recall. None that I can recall. None that I can recall. None that I can recall.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "You get out of what you put into"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits Some decent lawyers to work with if lucky

    Cons

    Poor compensation Terrible training program Long hours Closed culture

    Advice to Management

    Involve your paralegals in more substantive work Update your technology

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Attorney"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      experience with discovery if that's your thing; relatively low stress

      Cons

      There is no room for advancement; low salary, 1% raises

    • "All in all, a toxic work environment where money overrules values... plenty of unsavory characters"

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      Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Opportunity to work with David Boies is one of a kind... so put in a year and then get out ASAP.

      Cons

      Poor compensation and benefits, no reward for hard work, lots of long days/nights and plenty of weekend hours. Attorneys are quick to lash out at staff and verbal abuse is common. The situation shows no signs of improving as senior management is uninterested with the state of the work environment and is solely concerned with monetary results. "By whatever means necessary" certainly applies to the mindset of this firm....

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      Advice to Management

      Show some compassion for the people who work for you and reward those who work hard and put in the hours to help out (especially when they have been there for more than 2 years).

    • "A place to hole up till you get a for real job"

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      Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Albany, NY
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      For an attorney job it is pretty low stress. It also doesn't inspire loyalty to stay so you don't feel bad when you get the job you want.

      Cons

      The pay of a staff attorney is very low. There is absolutely no room or opportunity for advancement. Get out quick, don't get stuck there.

      Advice to Management

      Management isn't really doing anything wrong. It's a win-win situation. People are able to pay their bills while looking for a job with career advancement, and Boies gets litigation reviewers for a good price.

    • Helpful (2)

      "A collection of unhappy people"

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      Current Employee - Associate in Albany, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      Being associated with David Boies. That's it. Oh, and the pay is relatively good.

      Cons

      I have never seen such a group of unhappy people in my life. There is one lead attorney who loves what he does and then everyone else. The company treats the employees very very poorly. Certain "partners" do absolutely nothing but oversee the document review segment. The company would save money by putting HR in charge--or even any of the non-legal staff. Incompetence is rampant. How this place runs is a mystery to me....

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      Advice to Management

      If you treat people badly, you get substandard work.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Support staff are not treated well"

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

      I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner full-time

      Pros

      Salary is ok and people are friendly

      Cons

      Management is poor and it makes it hard to fulfil job expectations

      Advice to Management

      Learn to manage

    • Helpful (1)

      "Non-Attorney Staff - regardless of performance reviews - not rewarded with adequate cost of living raises."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      Benefit Packages okay considering the economy.

      Cons

      Non-Attorney Staff with 5+ plus experience paid substantially less than what the average salary is in the area.

      Advice to Management

      The morale of Non-Attorney Staff is an important factor in the retention of good employees.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Firm is still in its infancy"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      The best thing about BSF is working at "David Boies' firm". Boies is a star litigator and its just impressive. You also get a lot of autonomy at BSF.

      Cons

      There is absolutely no structure at this firm. The firm just opened a decade ago and you can tell. There is a lot of incompetence; you really cannot rely on the staff to do an adequate job so you end up doing it yourself and you cannot rely on management to correct the incompetence.

      Advice to Management

      BSF needs order and structure. Dont reinvent the wheel. BSF is up against all the big boys and so it needs to act like the big boys and adopt the leading industry standards and structure.

    • "Probably a great place to work if you are an established attorney coming in as a partner but staff members beware."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Boies Schiller & Flexner

      Pros

      Good pay and the benefits were industry standard so no complaints there. The site administrative staff is just great. As a young aggressive law firm there were many growth opportunities which were very rewarding to take on and accomplish. So from the perspective of opportunity I really can not say enough positive things.

      Cons

      Unfortunately there is very poor communication from upper management. As a staff member you are shown very little consideration and respect. Island mentality would be a good way to describe how management runs their business. It works well from the perspective of each site running their day to day operations. This management style however runs into real issues when the staff needs to function as a team across multiple...

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      Advice to Management

      Why not let those who are working on the support issues fulltime be an integral part of the decision process. As a staff member it was very difficult to accept management decisions based on a road map that was never shared with the staff. Everybody gets that it is your company and you are welcome to run it the way you see fit, but in the long run I think you will end up better off if you take on a win / win mentality...

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