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Calfee, Halter & Griswold Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Good firm, but could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work independently and some very good attorneys that are great to work with. Nice mix of clients that lets you work on a variety of subject matter.

    Cons

    The pay and bonus are sub-par to be kind. No benefit to billing over the minimum required because raises were paltry even for the highest performers and the top of the bonus scale was ridiculously low also. Some of the practice group leaders couldn't lead a Girl Scout troop.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your high performers so that they don't all leave.


  2. "Steer Clear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time

    Pros

    Benefits at Calfee are great at all levels. They know how to put together an impressive benefits package.

    Cons

    Communication is poor. Workplace management is poor. Morale is poor. Attitudes at all levels are poor. Work-life balance is poor. Room to grow is nonexistant. There is a definite clique of people to watch out for. There is nowhere to go to report issues or concerns without tattling. Many staff, support and non, are inflexible and whisper behind your back.

    Advice to Management

    Address morale. Address morale. ADDRESS MORALE.
    Look for those who block opportunity for growth and weed them out. The firm is stale and the work seems sub-par. Shake out the curtains. Bring in new blood. Implement a 6-month review policy for ALL employees.

  3. "Too much office politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time

    Pros

    Started out and it pretty good. Clean work environment, lots of inside the office perks (food, coffee machines, fitness opportunities).
    Can introduce you to some movers and shakers in community.
    They do invest in a fair amount of professional development.

    Cons

    Lots of office politics at play - trying to bring you down to boost them up and whisper behind your back. Aggressive and negative work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit your company culture and invest in an approach where people feel comfortable expressing their concerns.
    Tell people what they're doing well once in a while.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great for Traveling Back in Time"

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

    I worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance exist if you are willing to manipulate and step on others to worm your way into the elitist, egotistic, misogynistic, good-ole-boys hierarchy.

    Cons

    Environment of constant fear of not making hours or living up to expectations, while being given ZERO opportunity to learn or advance. No teamwork exists whatsoever, and main goal instead seems to be that the hierarchy maintain only their own individual hours, positions and egos. Management has created an ugly environment in which employees are pitted against each other rather than invited in and given real growth and team opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Drop your egos and start treating ALL employees equally and with respect. Your current business model will implode if you continue to ignore the needs and desires of those other than executives. Be honest with yourselves and allow your employers to provide honest feedback without fear of being "shut out" of the business.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long-term focus is unclear and possibly misguided"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great building, smart offices, great support staff and many good lawyers.

    Cons

    Incompetent office admin and a few lawyers with rotten attitudes kill moral and any possibility for teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a team of office admininstrators who understand the value of Human Resources...a team that will work with managing partner to encourage firm-wide communication to define a sharper focus on the future and create a better working environment for everyone, which leads to a better, more consistent product for clients.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Attorney in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time

    Pros

    The starting pay is better than many law firms in Cleveland, receive annual reviews, support staff is better than many places, new office space has some of the best, state of the art technology at your disposal

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, very aggressive senior partners who often scream to make a point, teach an aggressive manner towards opposing counsel, have to swipe in and out whenever you leave (i.e. lunch) which makes it seem like you are being watched by big brother


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Ok place to work if you only want a paycheck"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    decent salaries and benefits, clean working environment

    Cons

    Low moral, not a team environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    They should take more interest in the employees and treat them like real people.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Management can make or break your job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Reputable, well known law firm. Professional environment

    Cons

    Of course, being a LEGAL firm, opportunites are posted but when it comes down to it, it all depends on who you know and if you are liked by the senior attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the employee to respectfully review their manager without fear of consequences.


  9. "A nice place to work but no vision at the top"

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    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner

    I have been working at Calfee, Halter & Griswold full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is very collegial, and not a place where FaceTime is important. People have lives outside the office and it is not a high pressure atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salaries have been flat, headcount is shrinking, and there does not seem to be any plan to reverse the decline. The firm seems to lack any vision, while competitors have grown, added offices and seem to be "on the move."