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Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  1. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Associates are not overly competitive with each other and are team players - willing to do their fair share and step in for each other when necessary. Support staff is excellent- responsive, helpful and experienced.

    Cons

    Work load can be intense as with any legal practice. Management could be more transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic about representations about the firm's financial and business situation. Don't deny that improvements may be necessary and share with associates what steps are being taken to make improvements.


  2. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - As a staff member, the company is fairly flexible with making up time during the week, instead of using up PTO for things like doctor appointments.
    - Attorneys are generally pleasant and clear with expectations.

    Cons

    - I have received nasty emails from staff members in other offices. Coworkers can be much ruder when they don’t have to see you in person.
    - Maximum annual raise is 3%.
    - No company-specific maternity leave policy, they just follow the federal FMLA law.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your staff members fairly and they may stick around longer.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Admin"

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

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People who were good were VERY good but worked VERY hard. The rest just kept their chairs warm and were protected by their senior partners in spite of their bullying behaviour.

    Cons

    See the pros. Benefits have diminshed; management is from general practice firms with no idea what intellectual property law is...let alone how a once-great IP boutique SHOULD function.

    Advice to Management

    Retire, RETIRE, RETIRE. Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people. Motivated people who are treated badly will move on to something better and YOU ARE STUCK WITH THE REST. Perhaps your former firms considered you a part of "THE REST." U should retire before you cause the collapse of this firm and the loss of livelihood for many people.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Patent Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally the staff is nice

    Cons

    The Firm is very disorganized and has no clear path.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Docket"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Entry Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coffee machine and beautiful building with great views.

    Cons

    Little room to grow; middle management and new associates do not treat business services staff with respect; not enough pay; not enough flexibility with anything.

    Advice to Management

    create an environment where management treats all with dignity and respect


  6. "Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big Law Frim , great people

    Cons

    Working by myself, hard work for clerk/paralegals in this company


  7. "legal secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment; wonderful people; good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Work is great

    Cons

    There are no cons for this company.


  9. "Great Employer"

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    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere; competitive compensation; high quality of work; ethical.

    Cons

    The commute into the Chicago office for those living in the suburbs isn't great.


  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people - staff and attorneys - are easy to get along with and helpful. Good parental leave policy.

    Cons

    The culture has changed, but the culture shift is no different than that at any mid-size firm in this economy. Big focus on BD, like most firms.


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