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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start out"

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

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

    Pros

    This firm is a good place to start out, stay a year and then move on.

    Cons

    Pay is not sufficient and annual raises are not always guaranteed. Some teams get overtime and take advantage of it while others are not authorized it.

    Advice to Management

    Be a part of your own team and be willing to help where needed if you really care about getting cases out, it should be a team effort. Stop favoritism.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Only if you're desperate for a job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice view from the 20th floor overlooking DT Houston.
    In a central location in the tunnels where restaurants are accessible.
    Paid parking or company paid METRO card

    Cons

    When I worked here, it showed me that being a legal assistant is not the right career path for anybody. When I first started, office politics and a negative atmosphere was already paved for me. Cliques were already formed, and on top of that, it is hard to get the senior legal assistants to like you unless they personally liked you.

    An earlier review that stated "f you are a recent college grad who desperately needs a job then they will hire you" is spot on. As a recent grad the idea of working in DT Houston in a tall skyscraper with all these nice benefits sounds like the dream job right out of school. However, once you're sucked in, your life will be miserable, unless you somehow make friends with the cliques that is known as the senior legal assistants.

    There was no set training program set in place for new hires. It was more of through trial and error. Being thrown into the fire with no prior immigration experience wasn't what I expected. Pay was very low, even if you have previous legal experience of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring young people if you're hoping on a endless stream of cheap desperate labor.
    Stop being so cliquish and selective, especially to the new people. The work itself is miserable already, at least put the effort to know them instead of just conforming to the "senior legal assistants club" only


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has great training for beginners. They spend at least a full week on training. Immigration can be tricky so its needed.

    Cons

    Too much micro management. Attorneys are all in competition and this causes tension between the Assistants and Paralegals. Seems like the Attorneys all have different ways on how they want paperwork done.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Foster LLP has taught me valuable lessons about the real world. From Office Politics to starting your 401k, if you are a recent college grad who desperately needs a job then they will hire you. Get the experience for at least 6 months and then move on.

    Cons

    No training provided at all FOSTER LLP. I had to learn everything by myself and when I reached out for help I learned something awful about this place. They have a high turn around rate so no one had experience to train me. The work environment is brutal and harsh. The attorneys demand a high turn over rate on visa filings but the job demands a high level of attention to detail. This results in so many conflicts between Legal Assistant and Attorney which affects overall professionalism and levels of respect. They use a point system to measure your production levels (case load) and based on that measurement, they will determine if you get a pay raise or pay cut. In addition, there is a lot of favoritism and too much Office Politics. The pay is extremely lower than the prevailing wage for Legal Assistants. Also, you are not allowed any overtime in order to get the job done meaning if you have a high case load you are expected to complete filing within 40 hours a week but Attorneys will constantly distract you with other tasks. They will make you sign a non-compete agreement meaning you cannot work for a competitor if you are fired or decide to resign for at least a year. Overall if you can make it here for six months you will learn how to cover yourself and deal with a very unprofessional, disorganized work environment and difficult people.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring recent grads if you are not going to properly train your employees (Attorneys, Legal Assistants, Admin, etc) Pay your employees a living wage if you are not going to allow them to work overtime on cases. Bring back the employee training system that was in place. Provide tuition reimbursement for employees attending Law School. Match your employees' 401k at least 50%.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work and cases, but they offer little financial incentive."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Legal in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FosterQuan part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large firm that practices comprehensive immigration law, so you are exposed to a lot of different areas of immigration law.

    Cons

    No upward mobility and the bonuses are not good.

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach.


  7. "Collegial work environment, Management is stingy though"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FosterQuan full-time

    Pros

    The place is a collegial work environment. They attorneys are friendly and always have their doors open - willing and available to help and answer questions. To be blunt, people there are generally just nice people to get along with. I didn't have to work much on the weekends and there was great work-life balance.

    Cons

    High turnover among support staff - probably because pay was very low.
    The partners only want to help themselves and build their name. They have little interest in developing your own career.
    Charles Foster and Gordon Quan are excellent leaders, very approachable, and quite friendly. These two are great people to learn from.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the support staff more; invest more time and money into your attorneys - stop trying to hoard everything with the paranoia that the attorneys will one day run off with your clients. You cannot grow your firm this way.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Don't waste your time here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn to how to deal with managers with huge egos for no reason at future jobs if you ever come across any.

    Cons

    The work here is repetitive, boring, and you will wonder when is the last time you used any part of your brain.
    Co-workers for the most part were friendly, but theres always that few who dont say good morning to you, or just disregard you without at least being "fake nice."

    Advice to Management

    Attorneys, hire better senior legal assistants, or least ones with a college degree and not just "experience."


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Co-workers and benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid benefits and parking; flexible work schedule; and, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Very low pay; no defined career path; no training; sketchy accounting; and pay raises are nearly non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Implement training program for on boarding legal assistants; put in place career paths/ goals for staff; and, pay prevailing wage!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Rich boss who could care less about employees. Good place to get work experience and move on."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FosterQuan full-time

    Pros

    Paid parking in downtown Austin. Nice perk.

    Cons

    Even after years of service you will be stuck in a dead end job with no hope for a promotion. Don't let the boss fool you. He will promise you the world, and you will do your best to achieve goals. He will find a way to tell you how much you have disappointed the firm, even when your clients are happy with you.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and stop having internal fights. You have real people with real lives working for you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Firm, very rewarding work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FosterQuan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a well established law firm and unlike many law firms, the work you do directly helps actual people. It's nice working at a place where people are concerned with doing good. The workplace is familial and friendly (especially following the merger and the departure of chronic gripers) and there are many "lifers" happy to assist and share knowledge. Benefits are good, and after more than 6 years, I couldn;pt imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    Downtown traffic can be a pain (they also have a Galleria office)


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