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Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Disorganized law firm"

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

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

    Pros

    No pros, lunch cafeteria, break room. Nice view.

    Cons

    Management is out for themselves.
    The business staff isnot recognized as an asset to the firm. High turn over due to lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff. Appreciate what they do.


  3. 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


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    somewhat flexible hours (being able to make up within a week)
    structures, firm templates, task forces to keep things in order
    nice location
    good cafeteria/lunch for socializing

    Cons

    not many helpful in-house training,
    attorneys and staff are too separated
    many secretaries/paralegals are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    If an employee is already proven to be good at his/her job, try to keep them, don't be cheap and lose good workers...


  10. Helpful (7)

    "patent attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting array of clients. In 90s, great leadership (Hofer/Jacover).

    Cons

    Post-Jacover, culture became "what have you done for me lately?" And the "me" isn't the firm, it's the whim of the president. No sane plan for developing new business. Billing rates set by comparing to competitors versus realistically evaluating work product and customer needs. Billing rates set too high - so strain to train newbies.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than sitting in a conference room and theorizing about what may or may not be wrong, walk down the hallways and ask the people in the offices. When good people leave en masse, perhaps you should evaluate your retention process versus name calling those departing.


  11. "great"

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    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    supportive staff, room for growth

    Cons

    did not have any downsides

    Advice to Management

    none


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