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Cordell & Cordell Reviews

Updated November 8, 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 8 reviews)

  • "Finally, I love the ROWE work environment" (in 8 reviews)

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

  • "But all levels of management are committed to improving communication amongst all departments and offices spread nationwide" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "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!!!


  2. "Attorney"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Must keep track of billable hours religiously. High expectations for work product. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Heavy work load- sometimes staying well past close of business to complete tasks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "National Firm- Experience Depends on Local Office"

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

    I worked at Cordell & Cordell full-time

    Pros

    great benefits (pay is a little low); if your supervisor is great then your experience is great; some people here are really happy

    Cons

    sometimes the pool of applicants is low so they don't always hire the best; the recruiter will emphasize work life balance but whether they really give you flexibility and work/life balance depends on your boss; there's no way to really tell upper level management anything so you're definitely stuck with your immediate supervisor's way of doing things; Christmas party in St. Louis is expensive and practically mandatory even though it's in December and on a Friday & Saturday night when you'd rather be with your family during the holidays; bonus structure changes OFTEN so don't rely on that when deciding whether to take the job--negotiate a higher salary instead; Heard from many attorneys that they were promised management positions and then never got them so don't trust that either when taking the job


  10. "Attorney"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cordell & Cordell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Litigation experience. Good flow of clients.

    Cons

    Micro-managing, no time off unless you bill more than the minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Value your attorney's.


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