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Cordell & Cordell Reviews

Updated December 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "I have managed to maintain a strong work/life balance because of the policies of the firm" (in 8 reviews)

  • "The benefits are beyond anything I could ever expect and it is a wonderful work environment" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "I had an unmanageable case load, very little to no job specific training, and most everyone was horrible to me" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Lack of training, micro managing supervisors, unfair treatment and overall disrespect" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "15 years in lawfirms, by the far the best one I've worked in."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefit package is unmatched

    Cons

    Advancement is tough for non-attorney employees

    Advice to Management

    I love how easy it is to see how much the equity partners appreciate their staff. The benefit packages, trips, corporate events, you can really feel the love and appreciation from the top of the firm all the way down to the bottom.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Case reviews with a more senior attorney.
    Health insurance.

    Cons

    They overload their attorneys and paralegals until they finally can’t take it anymore and quit. You have attorneys that aren’t licensed in your state managing you and telling you how to handle your cases, what to file, etc.
    The CDA’s must get a bonus for retaining clients because they take cases they shouldn’t take (like a full trial set in less than 30 days with no hopes of getting it pushed back) and set unrealistic expectations for the client. You can’t all but promise a person they will get everything they want. Clients are told from the beginning they will be basically worshiped by the firm. They complain to client care about every little thing so they can get billing removed and it hurts the attorneys. Clients really do think they own you and don’t understand boundaries. If you try and set boundaries, they threaten bad survey scores or a call to client care.
    Watch out when you leave the firm too. They will take all kinds of things out of your pay. Bonuses you earned, etc. Not sure how they think you leaving means you didn’t reach the goal they set to receive the bonus when you clearly did.
    They have an unlimited vacation policy for attorneys but good luck ever getting a day off. You’re lucky to take a full weekend off because the case load is ridiculous.
    The policy of returning every call or email the same day is an impossible standard most days. You spend literally all day in court and then your entire night returning calls and emails.

    Advice to Management

    Stop burning your employees out and don’t set the clients up to think they can get away with unacceptable behavior. If an employee earns a bonus, they reached the goal you set for them. If they decide to leave 2 months later, don’t take the bonus back. They have earned it and them leaving doesn’t change that.

  3. "Avoid this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    Sometimes you can work from home

    Cons

    Upper management is archaic, unnecessary letter requirements monthly, billing requirements change monthly, clients have far too much control over employees job performance and alleged raises, litigation managers are rarely in the office and don’t handle irate clients, litigation managers have no experience being in positions of leadership, upper management is fake as possible, the company uses every means possible to penalize you if you want to leave the company such as paying back expenses and not paying out bonuses, there is no work to life ratio as they advertise and they will absolutely low ball you on salary

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect so the revolving door stops, don’t let clients have so much control over employees raises and bonuses bc everyone knows that clients always think they’re right and should get everything they want in a case regardless of the laws, stop the ridiculous letter requirement, stop over working employees, make sure when CDA’s take a care it’s one the company handles, make sure Lit Mgrs has experience in positions of leadership, stop treating employees badly when they leave the company such as withholding their PTO or making them pay fees back, treat all employees equally


  4. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits
    Opportunity for bonuses

    Cons

    Each office is different but all attorneys are rated based on the same criteria


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Litigation Attorney"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible benefits; unparalleled experience; immediate opportunity and responsibility with client files; large bonus opportunities; award trips to incredible destinations; management and litigation track opportunities.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, but outweighed by the experience opportunities; growth of the company is huge, and requires the firm to change policies to accommodate, but the changes are only done annually and are disseminated prior after thorough discussion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job in making this an incredible place to work!!!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Law Office Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Office Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Legal Office Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cordell & Cordell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is great. Great benefits

    Cons

    Lack of managment. Supervisor was never really available and then when she was she offered textbook answers to problems and never really tried to understand or help with an issue. Attorneys are lead to believe that they are the hierarchy within the office and try to micromanage office assistants. The treatment between office assistants and the attorneys are unfair and blatant. Headquarters have unrealistic goals and deadlines for LOA's. There are numerous LOA's that resign from their position on a weekly basis and headquarter act clueless regarding the large turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job with fair trearment across the board with ALL employees not just the attorneys and you will be able to retain quality office assistants. Have more than just 2 people supervising the legal staff team over the states you cover. Revisit the expectaions and revise the deadlines set for the LOA's because I do not feel that anyone fully understands how much work they actually have.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell part-time

    Pros

    No hand holding - Very relaxed. Get own office as well as unlimited flex time!

    Cons

    Very top heavy. Lots of work for legal staff with not enough legal staff

    Advice to Management

    Treat Legal Staff half as good as you treat the partners/higher attorneys and you'll keep them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    Room for lots of experience and growth. They have a Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) which allows you to work remotely so long as you do not have appointments or court. Corporate as a whole seems to want to make sure there is a good work/life balance but that does not always filter down to the local offices. There is a policy against anyone asking you where you have been or making you feel as though you are in trouble because you have not had face time in the office. However, some managers do ask and do make you feel as though there is a problem when you have not had face time and you cannot report it without the manager knowing exactly who reported the issue. When it is a company favorite, they will be protected and you will be made out to be in the wrong.

    Cons

    If you have a problem with your direct management, you have no place to turn. Most of the offices are very tight and you know very quickly who are the favorites. If you happen to have a problem with one of the favorites and that person is in management, good luck because there is no place to go for advise or to figure out how to protect your back.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a hotline for employees to call when trying to figure out issues that directly involve their managers. Let employees rate their managers just as you have the clients rate the attorneys and the attorneys rate the paralegals and law office administrators.


  9. "You are just your numbers."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, including a flexible schedule, free healthcare with a health program, and 401k match.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Management treats employees like numbers and bases all of their opinions on those numbers without considering other factors. Management does not back decisions. Concern for company over the welfare of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Despite what the Supreme Court must say on the matter, you cannot continuously value the company over human beings. Treat employees with respect and don't pretend like every employee complaint means that the employee should be treated like persona non grata.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    Paid health benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    Quantity of work per employee