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Fish & Richardson Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Fish & Richardson President Peter J. Devlin
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  • Stress; Long Hours; Demanding clients (in 4 reviews)

  • They promote discrimination and segregation towards non legal staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people. Perfect location. Thursday socials and bagels every Friday morning! Bonuses after you have been there over a year!

    Cons

    Not too much room for advancement. Long hours depending on the attorneys work schedule, can be high stress during deadlines


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, great hours and great people

    Cons

    There really is not any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Fish has really good management. No issues


  3. "Pleasant Upgrate"

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    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, solid pay

    Cons

    Can easily be overloaded with hours, lack of training


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Nightmare"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fish & Richardson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, good office location

    Cons

    Treated poorly, unfair with project assignment, favorites

    Advice to Management

    outdated management very unprofessional


  6. "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits. They go out of their way to reward and treat their employees well.

    Cons

    Operations/Administrative staff is sub par. Managers need to manage, delegate and get out of the way and let staff do their work. The amount of incessant e-mails firm-wide is ridiculous and causes confusion. While the firm can throw a lot of money at IT infrastructure/development projects there is a lot of legacy stuff lying around that needs to be cleaned up.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to manage, delegate and get out of the way and let staff do their work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Entry-Level Patent Prosecution Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Patent Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great for paralegals! 3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks sick time, 12 holidays, generous fully vested 401K contribution after 1 year, weekly paycheck

    Treadmill workstations, work-out room in the building, fancy espresso machine

    Overtime is a rare occurrence.

    Cons

    There is stiff competition to move beyond the patent paralegal position. A patent paralegal starts as an entry-level paralegal and typically handles one to three tasks in volume such as information disclosure statements, office action shells, or obtaining signatures from inventors.

    An open-office environment means that conversations can be heard by others. Four paralegal pods are made of two parallel tables with a short divider splitting each table into two work stations

    Working remotely is currently granted specifically for each occurrence

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth and diversification.


  8. "Love the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Recruiting Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Recruiting Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fish & Richardson part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible with work times, friendly office, work is interesting

    Cons

    Office is SILENT for the most part.


  9. "Great place for IP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, flexible hours, integrated offices, inter-office staffing, large IP knowledge base, good compensation

    Cons

    not enough work sometimes in between cases given the work-assignment system - one should look for work on his or her own

    Advice to Management

    Set up a system to line up work for new associates, allow and encourage associates to do both litigation and prosecution


  10. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fantastic group of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of introverts, but everyone's always happy to talk about their work and expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Congrats on such a well-run firm!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Greedy out of Touch Lawyers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have a job with Health Insurance. The building is nice. You are up stairs from Stregga.

    Cons

    Lawyers can never seem to get enough money for themselves. The staff get peanuts, and then they out sourced all the jobs in Boston to Minnesota so they could bring in cheaper help.

    Maybe they should take some of their bonus money away, god forbid.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all of them.


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