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Burns & Levinson Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Burns & Levinson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Embraces all aspects of the entrepreneurial spirit. You can do what you want, when you want. Ultimately, what matters is that you produce, whether it be clients, work product or something else. You make your own way, and there is no set path.

    Cons

    You may need to find your own way. Things will not be handed to you, even as an associate.


  2. "If you want to learn go elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Burns & Levinson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location is good.
    Benefits are decent enough.
    A few attorneys are really good people.

    Cons

    HR apparently has no idea what the "H" stands for. They will lie directly to you, just to placate you. Those who do the least are valued the most. Don't bother trying to learn anything outside the little bubble they hire you for, you will be shot down by HR and Department Chairs. They play favorites like kids on a playground.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing HR to have so much power. Utilize your resources better. You have highly educated people sitting in seats boarded and leaving because they are given no opportunity to use their brains.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A mistake"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA

    I worked at Burns & Levinson full-time

    Pros

    Not too hard driving. The work was not hard

    Cons

    I was hopeful that a smaller atmosphere would be helpful for my career growth. The firm is not modern in its thinking at all and I felt discriminated against - actually openly so.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps take a look at other firms and best practices. There isn't a strategy for this firm that is inclusive.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Mid-Sized Firm, Lots of Bad Behavior Ignored"

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

    I worked at Burns & Levinson (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are very nice, small enough to have contact with many departments.

    Cons

    Management, ED and HR don't really have backbones to eliminate whining and laziness and immaturity on the part of many staff, attorneys included. Many attorneys think they are much more "special" than they are and are not respectful of staff. Allowed to be quite nasty, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some. Stop the nonsense and give real consequences for non-conformance.


  5. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Burns & Levinson as an intern

    Pros

    Very well organized and legitimate law firm. I was the only intern - was not an intern program, but worked me into the Marketing Department well.

    Cons

    There was a lot of numbers work and Excel work, which could get very tedious. I did a lot of work simply putting past customers into the database, which also got tedious.


  6. "Great benefits, coworkers and work/life. Salary better at other firms (so I hear)"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Levinson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From Admin Assistant Perspective:

    Great work/life balance (clock in at 9:00, clock out at 5:00 -- or 4:55 for some people)
    Great coworkers
    Lots of staff appreciation events and lunches
    Even though HR is values income-generating attorneys over staff (understandably - attorneys earn the overhead, staff suck up the overhead), if you are dependable and do a great job, they will back you up and go to bat for you. Very friendly and awesome HR department.

    I was an Admin Assistant, but the department I worked in also seemed like a great fit for attorneys who have children. Most attorneys did NOT work late as a habit, only as needed when busy on a particular case.

    Cons

    Salary is not the highest among Boston law firms, but HR will go to bat for you if you need to negotiate and have a good track record.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment!"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The work/family life balance is very helpful.

    Cons

    Assistants could have more input into the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Take anonymous requests from staff and have disucssions regarding those requests, implementing those changes that are reasonable.

  8. "Don't even think about showing initiative."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Boston firm, convenient location, pay's ok but not great, More pro's? um... it's got an elevator, and they don't make you walk up the stairs every day.

    Cons

    no encouragement, no desire to assist a team member's growth. Partners would rather pretend you're not there-- or at least that you're not their problem. HR is only there to support the corporate goals, not the individuals in the company. Expect both abuse and boredom.

    Advice to Management

    treat staff like they actually support your team. Encourage them to learn and grow, and for goodness' sake, say thank you once in a while.


  9. "Great experience but mixed messages from management"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    High level of responsibility and autonomy
    Great benefits
    Good quality of life
    Exciting work
    Great people to work with
    Lots of client contact

    Cons

    Compared to other firms, it is easy to feel undercompensated and unappreciated
    Senior partners can stall your career on a whim
    small bonuses compared to other firms of similar size

    Advice to Management

    Revise the review process and tie reviews and compensation together in the same discussion - as it is, compensation decisions are made and announced idependently from the review process which deprives the associates the opportunity to understand the connection between performance and compensation.