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"Good learning experience for legal secretary/admin positions"

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Fka "Legal Secretaries") in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Fka "Legal Secretaries") in Houston, TX
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Bracewell & Giuliani full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Many resources (eg on-site fax/copy center, IT help desk/dept, court runners, mail room); professional environment; firm keeps up with technology and offers excellent in-house ongoing training; a lot of staff has been there for many years; opportunities arose occasionally to transfer to other areas of law; all time off categorized as PTO (much better than vacation, sick time, personal time, etc.); ideal location in DT; paid parking or monthly stipend for park-n-ride; and competitive benefits and benefits dept. had periodic seminars with guest speakers (eg physicians, nutritionists, etc.) related to better health, etc.

Cons

The bonus program was rearranged and there really wasn't any clear criteria provided to ensure an individual would receive their entire bonus. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, as several other large law firms apparently weren't able to give out bonuses several years in a row; it's just that in this economy, every penny counts, and if there's a chance a full bonus won't be realized, then for darn sake - make available clearer critera. Raises were miniscule - definitely did not keep up with cost of living. Definite distinction between attorneys and staff - definite distinction.

Advice to Management

Don't have a firm meeting saying it's been a banner year for the firm, the firm is doing great, business is good, yadda, yadda, yadda, then cut bonuses in half and give out miniscule raises every year. Another bone of contention - the constant mantra from managing partner(s) to staff: "We couldn't do it without, you; you're the backbone of this firm; we are a family....." is just that - words; not backed up with any action - namely keeping hard-working, talented, legal secretaries at the firm with more competitive salaries and a better process for ensuring ones who really deserve their full bonus, get one. I worked with staff who worked efficiently, productively, conscientiously, took pride in their work, cared about the firm and followed all the rules, alongside individuals who were lazy, not team players, surfed the net constantly, knew how to "work the system" and were out of there 15 min early every day and yet - guess who got their full bonus! Definitely not a fair system at all. The process now is not working and needs to change.

Other Employee Reviews for Bracewell & Giuliani

  1. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bracewell & Giuliani full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, a great group of people at all levels of employment.

    Cons

    None. A very good place to work.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Typical law firm - non-lawyers are second-class citizens. AmLaw 100 wanna-be."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Standard law firm benefits, regular pay raises & bonuses. Most non-lawyers qualify for overtime pay. The lawyers are civil - not a lot of screamers. Workload is manageable.

    Cons

    As in most firms, the lawyers think of the non-lawyers as "the help," not professionals deserving of respect. They're as polite to you as they'd be to their lawn guy, and are unlikely to acknowledge you if you cross paths outside of the office.

    But the bigger issue while I was there was their passionate desire to break into the AmLaw 100. They replaced the good ol' boy managing partner with a Chainsaw Al who tried to convert the firm culture into that of a Fortune 500 corporation. The firm then waged a subtle but relentless campaign to oust the old guard managers & employees, many of whom had been there 25-50 YEARS. No loyalty, barely even the pretense of doing anything other than cleaning house.

    Advice to Management

    Law firms aren't corporations - never have been, never will be. And you're no Skadden - never have been, never will be.

    Yes, times change & some new ideas have value. And sometimes you have to remove people who stubbornly refuse to embrace the future. But don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

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