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Fragomen Worldwide Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Not very flexible with work/ life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Long Hours (Lunch Breaks Become Rare the Longer You Work Here) (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work, limited opportunities abroad"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal I in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal I in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fragomen has great benefits including paid time off. When you express interest in another department/field within the firm, you are listened to and taken into consideration when new positions are available.

    Cons

    Although there are offices around the world, many will not sponsor a visa for you to work there. Opportunities abroad are limited if you are entry- or mid-level.


  2. "Completely depends on the office and team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fragomen Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some teams are great. Pretty good benefits. Great time off policy.

    Cons

    Manager is a nightmare which makes the whole experience awful. Salary is VERY low and not at market!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of bad managers. Have a conversation about raises based on performance, not an arbitrary bump yearly.

  3. "Fragomen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    A bit unorganized. Wasn't sure who my direct supervisor was.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more distinct answer when someone asks who they should report to.


  4. "Law Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experience, big firm, fun paralegals

    Cons

    Little to no interaction, heavy work


  5. "Assistant Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Fragomen Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Good way to make money in between jobs

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance
    Salary
    Repetitive work, barely any room for growth


  6. "Assistant Paralegal I"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Fragomen Worldwide part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours, Independent work, Young staff 20's-40's, Silicon Valley area

    Cons

    Managers and attorneys expect you to do too much of a work load in a short amount of time, peers are not respectful of quiet time, to many free loaders and not enough actual hard workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect too much from workers who have no experience.


  7. "Recommended for pay/benefits, not recommended for work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fragomen Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Resources, smart and good people, great health benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, loads of overtime required, little indication the company seeks to fix this.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, do not rely on your employees to burn out.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Quantity over quality, & depends on the team you land in"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Fragomen Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice to work with, though it depends on your team. They do have a fridge full of cold drinks, and once a year they pretend to care and let us volunteer at local organizations. Periodically there is pro bono work, but that's mostly for the attorneys (who are required to fulfill a certain number of pro bono hours a year) because pro bono work cuts into your weekly billing requirements.

    Cons

    Fragomen consistently undervalues qualitative factors and it's all about quantity and billing over quality. I can't stress that enough - Fragomen is about quantity and not quality. You will have billing minimums.

    There is also zero sense of community, partially because the company doesn't care about that, and partially because they hire a lot of contract people, so their is a lot of turnover. But really, it's mostly because everyone around you is overworked and tired.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many temps and start investing in training people. We waste a lot of time training people who are let go after 90 days.


  9. "Good company culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fragomen Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company benefits, including healthcare and paid time off

    Cons

    Your experiences vary greatly depending on what team you work on


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Frugal & Oppresive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, the people, free carbs on Fridays (donuts or bagels), generous PTO allowance, 37.5 hour work week, and opportunities to earn overtime.

    Cons

    Seniority outweighs merit every time. Training is subpar - they expect you to teach yourself from examples. The most frugal administration: attempts to cancel the firm holiday party, no complimentary tampons in bathrooms, suspect catered lunches, no bonuses, understaffing. Women are asked to be quiet and submissive. Minorities are marginalized: not a single non-white attorney, and the Partners are unable to differentiate between minorities, often mistaking one black man for another. Abusive managers are rewarded with new hires every time they scare off a paralegal, with no efforts to correct the root cause of poor retention.

    Advice to Management

    As long as you focus on recruiting millennials, you must modernize, and learn to reward those who work the hardest. Stop running the business like it's 2007, as if people have no where better to go. Incentivize employees.


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