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Cordell & Cordell Reviews

Updated May 3, 2018
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Joseph E. Cordell
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Pros
  • I have managed to maintain a strong work/life balance because of the policies of the firm (in 7 reviews)

  • I am a current paralegal with almost a year of working for Cordell & Cordell (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication with management (in 2 reviews)

  • Working with hot head attorneys (not all, a small few) really discredits the company (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Administrative Assisant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, great management. If you are a mature adult you can work on your own without hand-holding and can provide results as expected, you will love to work at Cordell. Cordell takes care of its employees and you are awarded for your hard work. Cordell environment is not for slackers.

    Cons

    Work load is voluminous.

    Advice to Management

    Staff offices better with adequate support staff. Dual roles should not be permanent positions. Staff each office with a LOA and a Paralegal. Workload can cause burn-out and good people leave the company because of it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    I am a current paralegal with almost a year of working for Cordell & Cordell. This is a great place to work. Benefits are fantastic, culture is good, pay is great. If you are an experienced paralegal and do not need any hand holding, you will be happy here. Training of course is available and mentoring is required for each new hire.

    Cons

    This is a large corporate firm and this place runs by the manual. It may seem impossible to effectuate any kind of quick change for some inefficiencies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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

    Competitive pay, amazing benefits, and employees are given lot of flexibility that provides for a great work life balance. The firm treats us like professionals and like they really value us.

    Cons

    There are no cons.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Law Office Administrator in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Law Office Administrator in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, flexibility, career advancement and work-life balance

    Cons

    I haven't come across any cons just yet.


  5. "One bad apple ruins....."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good company. takes care of their employees

    Cons

    Working with hot head attorneys (not all, a small few) really discredits the company. Keep up the communication - Co. would rather keep an arrogant attorney with terrible organizational and communication skills and does not work as a team - rather than keep hard working employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do a little more research before you let go of the wrong employees. Keep your promises.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The co-workers were great. Paid health benefits for employees were a nice.

    Cons

    There's a company policy not to talk about your salaries with other employees. When I first started as a 2 year attorney, my starting salary was $64,000.00. As my time there progressed, the managing partner of my office made it very clear that the range of salary increases would be around 3% with the highest salary increase she's ever seen (based on merit) to be at 5% each year. Any extra money that you earn will be in bonuses, so once you're locked into a salary, there is very little room to increase your base-line salary without a huge promotion (which are extremely rare).

    Recruiting made promises that you could expect salary increases as your productivity increased and you became more senior in the company. This unfortunately did not prove to be true. After a couple of years at the company recruiter even told a coworker of mine that she was being underpaid and deserved more money. That friend left to start their own firm a few months later. In fact, there was a bit of an exodus after attorneys who were reaching their 5 year mark realized that they could make more money at other firms or on their own.

    By the end of my 3 years at Cordell, my salary was around the $68,000.00/year mark. Several coworkers around the country left the company around the same time because management made it clear that we were not to expect significant salary increases throughout our career.

    When I was there, the billing requirement was a minimum of 1700 hours a year. Based on my hourly rate and the typical rule of paying attorneys salaries 1/3 of what they bill, I was earning half of what I should have. Once I went out on my own, I was able to earn the same amount of money doing less than half the billable work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Update- Improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits; flexible schedule; no hours requirements; unlimited vacation; independence. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    I’m fairly certain managers and partners were instructed to leave glowing reviews at the end of September because there seems to have been a run on them after a serious of scathing reviews. lol. Hence why I decided to write this review. My office does not overbill, we are all experienced attorneys who care about our clients, and the quality of our work. We are a team and supportive of one another- this includes our staff - we are a little family. I left a bad review about “unattainable bonuses” a while ago. The firm still keeps changing the structure still but it seems to be improving and stabilizing. My biggest complaint is the same: underpaying staff so that we are always under-staffed with fairly high turnover. My next complaint, lack of investment in attorney continuing education and Bar membership, and treatise/calendaring/etc materials and programs to be more efficient. They run bare bones to keep costs down. Make sure you negotiate a high salary coming in because you won’t receive large raises once in.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for employees who have been here at least 3 years; for example, $5k-10k if you reach a benchmark. Take firm referral off of the surveys because the attorneys cannot control other departments, like accounting.

  8. "Fantastic place for family lawyers"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and legal training are the top perks at this firm. Colleagues are great to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Fund/reimburse attorney's involvement in voluntary bar activities.


  9. "Associate Attorney - Happiest I've Ever Been at a Job"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love this company and plan to stay with the firm for a very long time if they will have me. If you have a background in athletics or really enjoy a team dynamic, you will love it here, too. My manager touches base with me on all of my cases on a weekly basis and I am constantly getting feedback and support on difficult cases. I think the firm does a great job using technology, such as personality tests, during the hiring process to ensure that new employees embrace the team mentality. I feel that I have the support of the firm and have the tools that I need to do a good job. Every person I have met in this organization is "good people" and I have truly enjoyed my time here. I also can't say enough positive things about the firm's ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) policies. What does this mean? Unlimited. Time. Off. (Yes, really - so long as you are billing good hours on a regular basis - the firm would like us all to bill 1,700 hours, though many attorneys don't.) We are encouraged to be in the office regularly, but I love the ability to create my own hours. Since we are provided laptops and company cell phones, we are not tethered to our offices. I love having the ability to work from home and I am never stressed about making time for appointments. I used to have a lot of stress at my previous firm if I walked in five minutes late and it caused unnecessary anxiety. Cordell understands that we are people with lives, so we are not rigidly controlled. Instead, we are treated like adults. Cordell really is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Some of the offices are understaffed and I have often felt that we could do a much better job if we had adequate staffing (such as more legal assistants and file clerks). The company is based in the midwest and expects to pay midwest salaries even in areas with much, much higher costs of living. This hurts our ability to recruit quality staff. This affects the attorneys more than it would in other firms because we are internally audited and have a lot of internal requirements to meet. I really respect the firm and think they are always trying to give better service to the clients. However, I wish the firm would understand that the attorneys could bill much more, do a better job, and avoid potential malpractice claims if we were adequately staffed. Most attorneys will manage between 30 and 60 cases on their own, which can be a complete nightmare if there isn't enough support.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a rule about support staff such as for every two attorneys, there is one legal assistant/paralegal. Understaffing is a huge issue and attorneys can spend a lot more time billing for legal work if they aren't worried about taking care of administrative duties.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Partner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are the top of the profession and the environment is exceptional. The firm promotes teamwork, a good work life balance and they are always open to innovation and new ideas. The salaries are very competitive and the benefits are exceptional. This is the best place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Sometimes the communication does not keep up with the growth and size of the firm but with new innovations that problem is getting progressively better.


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