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Bowman and Brooke Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. "Great Training for Paralegals"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the paralegals at that Bloomfield Hills office. Great friendships and they are willing to help and go the extra mile, it didn't matter if it wasn't their trial or case.

    Cons

    I wish I could say that for some of the secretaries. Too much backbiting and backstabbing. Probably due to insecurities.

    Advice to Management

    Each one teach one. Have meetings with the paralegals (separately from staff). They have a very high billable rate and bring in money to the firm. They handle A LOT OF THE HEAVY LIFTING and should get more respect and help. All in all great training, very nice partners, Associates and Senior Counselors. I had a good time there. The people who meant the most to me and who gave helpful criticism, they know who they are and I really appreciate them. Go there to get your feet wet and cut your teeth on great training.


  2. "Solid. Heavy hours and significant pressure, but reasonably transparent for a large firm."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Kaysville, UT
    Former Employee - Attorney in Kaysville, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are within market-value boundaries, and the benefits are acceptable. It is highly likely (if one puts forth the effort) that an associate will get significant, early experience.

    Cons

    Like most large firms, there is enormous pressure to bill hours; there is also a lack of meaningful partner interaction/tutoring vis-a-vis the associates, which often leads to a strong sense of isolation for the non-partners.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time and tutoring in young associates.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Been here 14 plus years - need I say more"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bowman and Brooke (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee (firm family) friendly environment, culture that was built to respect and appreciate every person on the B and B team. Everyone is part of the B and B family; and is treated as such. Reason I have been happily employed here for more than 14 years.

    Cons

    With high demands and many trials, sometimes it is hard for people to be able to communicate as timely with each other as would be preferred.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the culture created by Richard Bowman and Jeff Brooke many years ago. That inclusion and appreciation at all levels of employees is what has made the firm a great one to work for.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good experience but poor financial mangement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work load will always keep you busy, pay and benefits are average.

    Cons

    Waste of resources and time is abundant.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start career in but not to stay for long."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to work on various different cases.

    Cons

    Salary is not great unless you've been there for multiple years. A few partners are real condescending. The billable hours are high.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal IT Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Internal IT Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minneapolis office has convenient downtown location. The firm will pay for your parking. Informal dress code for non-attorneys. Despite other complaints, they are good at eDiscovery.

    Cons

    Cronyism, nepotism, and good old-fashioned "good 'ol boy" network is in place. The only way to ensure job security is to be sleeping with a partner or be related to them. The elderly partners at the top collect full paychecks and take paid leave for months while the attorneys and paralegals below them bill 2,000 hours. Unqualified people are put into high end management/supervisory positions with no experience and virtually no oversight, and are then encouraged to make examples of their subordinates when projects under their leadership go belly up for fail to meet expectations. This is a firm that claims to be progressive while refusing to invest money in technology and keeping a 19th century business model.

    Advice to Management

    Retire all the senior partnership. Focus on your practice areas and stop trying to expand so quickly--it cost you a lot of money and people once before and will again. Give the CEO real power instead of just being a tool and puppet of Senior Partners. Treat your employers better and dump the top-heavy dead weight.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "There is no work/life balance when having to bill 1800 hours as a paralegal."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time

    Pros

    The majority of attorneys tend not to micro manage. If you have experience, you are left alone to get the work done. Challenging work and great clients. There are great trial opportunities and experiences when given the chance.

    Cons

    The firm's view of paralegals has changed in the last couple years. This has led to many paralegals leaving. Policies have become more rigid and flexibility has gone out the window. If you do not have a trial, there is no way to make your annual billable quota of 1800 hours by working 8-5 days. There are no training opportunities except for new in-house computer updates. Some employees are not afraid to "throw you under the bus."

    Advice to Management

    Treat paralegals as professionals, not staff. Recognize seniority and proven performers. Salaries and job titles should reflect experience. Create a career path for paralegals and offer training opportunities for those who want or show a need.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Helpdesk Support"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, some nice people.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Non-supportive of IT staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat you IT Staff with more respect.


  10. "This is a wonderful company to start off your career as a paralegal."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bowman and Brooke full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They treat you like family which is a wonderful feeling.

    Cons

    The only issue is when it's slow you have to look for work in other groups within the firm. This firm won't help you obtain those billables it's up to you. If you don't make this hours you might be the one the let go if the firm isn't doing well that year.

    Advice to Management

    Before you let someone go you should look at the previous years on how many hours that paralegal billed and don't hire family members.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "B&B - Great, Interesting Work but Super Long Hours"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting type of work,- always different cases. Litigation field if by far the most interesting type of work in legal area!

    Cons

    Long hours - always working b/c of litigation

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at providing feedback (either positive review or constructive criticism of the work product submitted)


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