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Bremer & Whyte Llp Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  1. "Decent workplace, but poor employee culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good job security, overtime is not required very frequently and is appreciated when it is necessary. They often promote from within, so someone hired as a receptionist who works hard has the opportunity to be trained as a legal secretary or paralegal.

    Cons

    Lots of negativity and gossip among staff. Heavy workload. Certain attorneys (admittedly the minority) refuse to follow simple and necessary policies and are impossible to work with. Management is aware of the problem, but instead of simply disciplining the attorney, they will wait until the attorney's secretary either has a nervous breakdown or threatens to quit, and then quietly assign that attorney to a new secretary and start the cycle over.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain your good employees, you have to handle the bad ones. There's a lack of discipline for both attorneys and staff, and when you let people slide by for years with disruptive attitudes, poor work ethic, and disregard for the rules, it really takes its toll on employees who are trying to do quality work. Also, don't reprimand an entire department for problems that you know are being caused by one or two people - they need to be held personally accountable if you want them to improve.


  2. "Great Team Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been here for a year now and feel like an equal piece of the chain that moves this company forward. People are great, the office is beautiful and the partners always think about the staff and do extra special things for them all year round. The environment is stress free and there are opportunities to move around in the company.

    Cons

    I wish we didn't have bagels every Friday.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!!


  3. "Team Player"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Great Partners, Plenty of Opportunities, Team Environment and Great Management.

    Cons

    Some employees are not team players.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more effective communication such as mandatory meetings, reviews, team build and team work.


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  5. "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp part-time

    Pros

    Some of the attorneys and colleagues are great. Supportive individuals are there, but they are not the managing partners.

    Cons

    It would be a disservice if I did not write this review. Initially I had written one, took it down, but now I realized that individuals who are looking to work at this company SHOULD NOT.
    Reviews that are writing "stress free" are filled with baloney. This is the most toxic work place I have ever worked at. Individuals are always stressed out because 1.) how to do your job is unclear and 2.) people who are supposed to explain how to your job are not helpful. This place is NOT a good place to work. Please PLEASE PLEASE save your time, energy and efforts and apply somewhere that cares about you as an employee and an individual and not their pockets or the bottom line. The facade of a wonderful work environment is there... but it is merely a facade. As you work there you will feel the negative energy and the unhappiness of your colleagues and peers (with the exception of those who know the partners on a personal level). So glad to be out of here.

    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do not believe the two (2) positive reviews below - they are fabricated"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great peers. People are trying to survive which causes others to throw each other under the bus to save their own skin.

    Cons

    1) Expected to finish work load for 3-4 attorney team daily with a lot of overlap into other attorney team's cases.
    2) Managing Partner does not care if you are doing a good job - he wants to cut corners to supplement his equity share.
    3) Associates are just as confused as the secretaries assigned to them.
    4) Extremely high turn over rate - complete exodus.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the favoritism - you can't possibly understand what is going on behind the scenes when you don't subject yourself in your employees lives. You have no idea the effect you have on peoples lives for your extra wanted dollar in your pocket.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If You Like Fun More Then Money"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people an really fun work environment. Possibility of a lot of perks from vendors. Monthly food truck in the summer. Good place to break in as a secretary, if you are willing you will learn quickly and don't get overwhelmed easily. Decent benefits. Large firm but with a small office feel.

    Cons

    Disproportionate work load/responsibility to salary. Tendency to hire inexperienced secretaries/associates for below market salaries and throw them on to a desk they might not be ready for and then not provide proper support/training for them to be successful in the position. High turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees who contribute and make their desk productive by paying them a competitive salary so they aren't lured away after a year. Having to train a new person every year can be really disruptive to workflow.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic culture - Bad environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience and learn how a poorly managed firm works so that you don't make the same mistakes elsewhere.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. This is a churn and burn firm that pays horribly and provides little to no support for young associates.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too arrogant to take advice.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Short staffed - very busy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time

    Pros

    Fun office with other staff members and most of the cases are interesting.

    Cons

    No overtime approval even though you are expected to stay and finish everything.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sweatshop"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are desperate for a job.

    Cons

    Associates expected to bill 2,000 or $0 raise. The name partners spend $100k on chartering jet for African Safari, or expense $1200 shoes/dresses. Ridiculous turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Quit the fake sincerity.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to get experience and move on"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Bremer & Whyte Llp full-time

    Pros

    -You gain a lot of good experience as a new attorney. You are given your own cases and are responsible for handling them to the end. A more experienced associate will supervise you on cases and review your work before it goes to your supervising partner. The supervising associate will generally provide guidance. This is a good place to get experience and then move on. Not many people make partner here (or even want to).

    - Non-competitive. Other associates are very helpful in providing samples, advice, and volunteering to cover hearings etc.

    -Good raises.

    -Nice office. The building and general office itself is very nice. You get your own office and they are quite spacious.

    -Generally you are not micromanaged. Unless you are messing up or not meeting your hours, you can generally come in at 9:00 a.m., take an extended lunch or leave early.

    -Decent benefits.

    -Perks such as dinner after calendar meeting

    -Minimal weekend work.

    -Billable hour requirement is manageable even though its high.

    -Generally friendly people.

    Cons

    -High billable hour requirement for the compensation (2000 hours per year or 167 per month is the minimum)

    -Inconsistent supervision.

    - Lack of mentorship for new associates. This is the type of firm that is very much sink or swim.

    -Inconsistent application of firm policy.

    -High turnover. There is a ridiculous amount of turnover in support staff. Every week there is a new face. There is quite a lot of turnover for associates to whether they are getting fired or resign. Not even partners are safe.

    -Poor transitioning when hiring new under staff. Secretaries and paralegals are not transitioned properly and it is very stressful on the attorney.

    -Supervising associates do not always care about the new attorneys cases. This means the new lawyer is constantly "following up" with the supervising attorney when time could be spent billing more.

    -Low pay. $65,000 start is below market pay and is very low for the billable hour requirement. Competing firms of similar size and practice areas pay higher and require fewer billable hours.

    -Support staff is overworked. Secretaries are given too many attorneys and are not able to timely get tasks done.

    -Review policy. A new policy was implemented regarding raises where you do not qualify for a performance review (and hence a raise) unless you exceed the 2000 billable hour requirement.

    -Pro bono. You are required to take on a pro bono case but the hours do not count towards your 2000 hours.

    -Volatile partners. Some are the partners are quite volatile which makes the work environment incredibly stressful as you are constantly in fear of being fired or wondering when the partner will fly off the handle.

    -Very little chance to make partner.

    -Not having enough work to sustain billable hour requirement.

    -Bonuses are minimal. The new bonus policy gives you a max bonus potential of 12k per year. In order to get 12k you would need to bill 200 hours per quarters. That is 200 hours after the partner cut and after the insurance company cuts hours.

    Advice to Management

    -Make the firm policy more consistent. Type up the firm policy into one document instead of referring to a bunch of saved emails as firm policy.

    -Offer better compensation.

    -Offer better bonuses.

    -Offer mentorship to new lawyers.

    -Provide some training or instruction for experienced associates so they know how to supervise.

    -Make sure the supervision is consistent.

    -Get an HR department.



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