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Chin & Curtis Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Solid experience working in an immigration law firm."

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

    Pros

    The legal assistants at Chin & Curtis have the opportunity to form strong relationships with clients, and have a good deal of individual responsibility.

    Cons

    Employee moral can be low at times, and the compensation is not terrific. Senior partners can be difficult to communicate with.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Please do not apply here."

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

    I worked at Chin & Curtis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn to manage high volume work and gain a lot of experience in a very short time.

    Cons

    Excessive work load as there aren't enough paralegals. You will find that people can barely last a year at this position. Management is non-existent for the most part, except for when they need to transfer the blame to someone. People are over worked, discouraged and blamed for every single mistake that attorneys or management should be taking care of. If you are looking for an office with good energy this is not the one. Some of the positive reviews here were left by the remaining highly favored paralegals that are being compensated very well via recurring bonuses, as an incentive to stay at this job.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. This rate of turn over is due to something you are doing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging Work, Lots of Learning Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chin & Curtis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The firm has a solid set of clients. The foreign nationals are smart folks, and have high expectations. Paralegals are passionate and are expected to work hard. The firm has several attorneys to learn from who each bring a different set of experiences and perspective to their work. The firm's in a nice spot downtown next to the financial district, with great places to eat nearby.

    Cons

    The organizational structure of the firm is a bit fluid. This presents a challenge if you're looking for predictability, but it also gives you an opportunity to take on varied responsibilities and make a difference. You will not feel siloed and will have to learn a lot very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage communication and team work.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work! Wonderful colleagues!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chin & Curtis full-time

    Pros

    It's a small law firm so you are able to work on a wide variety of cases/projects. The training is great and when you have questions people are always willing to help. There's a lot of client contact so you are able build relationships with the clients, which makes the work even more rewarding.

    Cons

    Compensation doesn't match the larger firms. Partners of the firm are very busy so they aren't always available.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Continue on your Job Search"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Chin & Curtis full-time

    Pros

    You gain a significant amount of hands-on experience.

    Cons

    While you do gain valuable experience, this experience ultimately comes from having to regularly balance more work than you can handle because the turnover rate of support staff is incredibly high and cases are frequently transitioned between paralegals with little to no communication from attorneys and management. Training is good; however, be prepared to navigate your own way through complex cases and an overwhelming docket with little to no support after the initial training period.

    Management is incredibly unapproachable and not receptive to feedback, and it seems that they will do anything to save a buck at the expense of support staff and attorneys. Throughout my employment there, management made several poor decisions, and these decisions ultimately cost the firm over 20 capable paralegals, legal administrative assistants and attorneys in the past year. There is no transparency, no communication, and little to no respect or value for employees. Don't bother going the extra mile because there is very little recognition of those who do.

    Compensation and benefits package are not great, hours are not flexible, and there is no opportunity for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. There may be large upfront costs, but long term benefits have the potential to be significant.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Chin & Curtis full-time

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility (to an overwhelming degree) and good people (who have mostly left/are leaving).

    Cons

    There are bad first jobs and then there is working at Chin & Curtis. This firm has been losing smart, hard-working personnel for over a year due to startlingly bad management decisions. The work environment is such that capable employees feel unsupported, undervalued and poorly compensated. And the quality of the firm's work has and will continue to suffer. This review and the many, many others written here should convince you to seek employment elsewhere if you are someone who wants work-life balance, happy coworkers, and some amount of pride in your work.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Do Not Work Here"

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

    Pros

    You will gain experience in Immigration Law but only because the people that are supposed to be training you are often too busy, or unwilling to help so you are forced to learn yourself. Support staff is continuously overworked and overwhelmed and therefore training is rushed and inadequate. Some of the attorneys there are good people, but that unfortunately does not always transfer over to them being good attorneys.

    Cons

    Support staff is paid significantly lower than an average paralegal salary in the area. False promises are made to incentivize people into staying only to learn later on that no real changes to salary will be made. Attorneys take ZERO credibility for their mistakes and ultimately pass blame on their support staff. Instead of confronting attorneys about their tendency to sit on cases for months at a time, it becomes the assistants fault for not reminding them on a daily basis what their job is. Some attorneys will often times speak to you in a demeaning tone and appear to have very little respect for your time, and the fact that you have a life outside of work. An extreme amount of overtime is the norm, as well as low group moral. The support staff is on the same page and aware of the issues at hand, but management makes no effort to understand where the employees are coming from. When multiple staff were leaving, they made almost no effort to gain feedback from them, and if they did this feedback was not taken into consideration to make changes.The general plan from management is to "sweep things under the rug" and to pretend that nothing is wrong. Ultimately, the expectations of the attorneys are unreasonably and unrealistically demanding and that is why the turnover rate is so bad. The fact that they expect people to stay for two years is laughable based off of the way they treat their employees. I would absolutely dread coming into work everyday, and when I left a majority of the staff felt the same way.

    Advice to Management

    When more than 50% of your staff leaves, learn from your mistakes and make changes.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Something is broken here"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chin & Curtis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some genuinely good people at this firm - they will make your time here bearable.

    Cons

    The management's expectations from you are unreasonable and often times you feel as if your own personal time/life do not matter. The only thing that matters to management is the amount of cases that go out the door - quality of work suffers, personnel gets burned out after only a few short months of working here, and a hectic/undesirable work environment is created. Paralegals are given case loads that are unmanageable - even when working 60 hours a week, you often times feel as if you barely made a dent in your workload because more work comes in then goes out. While paralegals are given quite a bit of ownership over their cases (which admittedly provides some valuable experience), they are not trained quickly and deeply enough to deal with anything outside of their comfort zone. The attorney's are more busy than the paralegals, so trying to move a simple case forward becomes a near impossible task which falls on the paralegal. There is no support that you can turn to when overwhelmed because everyone is just as overwhelmed as you. In this type of work environment, the negativity is quite literally palpable.

    These issues are compounded because the boots on the ground (paralegals, other legal support staff) know exactly what the issues are because they deal with them on a daily basis. However, management fails time and time again to even acknowledge that there is a fundamental issue with how work is allocated/completed/sent out the door. During my time at this firm, the number of legal support staff who quit could not be counted on my all my fingers, but the number of people who were hired to replace these knowledgeable, productive employees was so little that its difficult to comprehend.

    It seemed as if many of these decisions (hiring, work allocation, etc.) ignored the people problem at this firm and focused on the metrics that could be read on paper. During my time here, the paralegals tried to voice their concerns to a management that was unwilling to listen.

    Its probably not a great place to work if you wake up every day and dread going in to the office.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees work life balance. Invest in a support system, mid-managers to help alleviate the workload.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Look elsewhere for a job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You will learn a lot as a paralegal and if you want solid immigration law experience, you will certainly get it.

    Cons

    They pay way below the minimum Paralegal salary in Boston. They don't give out annual COL raises but rather random bonuses to stay with the firm making salaries very unfair and uneven across the board. Closed doors and whispering are the norm and there is VERY high turnover rate. Management overall is spotty and difficult and the firm insists on making even the simplest processes long and complex. Morale is perpetually low.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the wife of the managing partner decide how the entire office should run.