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  1. "Interesting Work, Small Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Team Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Electronics Team Member in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Global Prior Art full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with major law firms and corporations from around the world addressing intellectual property issues for interesting technologies. The small business makes for no-corporate b.s.

    Cons

    Can be tedious at times doing quiet research. Small business means that many normal things like H.R. and structured job hierarchy aren't present.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Prior Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global is a great place to get your feet wet in the world of IP. They hire people straight out of college or grad school and give them training in a lot of patent basics. They are willing to sponsor non-citizens, which can be a big plus. My (peer) coworkers were fantastic to work with- smart, patient, and fun. Compensation and benefits are decent (not the greatest, but certainly not bad at all.) There is some flexibility with hours, and I was never asked to stay very late or to come in on weekends.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high, mostly because there are few opportunities for advancement within the company. A lot of people stay for a year or two and then move on. Vertical communication and direction from management higher than your immediate supervisor is non-existent. The projects can be extremely repetitive and mind-numbing at times. Staffing levels in my group were never adequate to handle the workload. Salaries and benefits have not been updated in years, and certain changes that were made years ago are not included in current offer letters and new employee information. Communication and social interaction between groups is non-existent, except when you awkwardly run into somebody on your way to the bathroom.

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to group leaders to recruit and hire talent. Provide more opportunities for employee feedback, and LISTEN. Employees don't feel like they have a stake in the company, and that makes it too easy to leave.

  3. "Overall painful experience. Was happy to leave"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Patent Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Patent Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Prior Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing location downtown Boston. Fair salary for similar positions. Good medical and retirement benefits. Monthly wellness initiative ($100 toward a gym membership). Steady 40 hour week, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Disrespectful, downing, toxic, hypocritical environment. Control and micromanagement to the extreme of it. Absolutely no room for growth whatsoever. Most people end up making a project manager within 2-3 years of employment but this literally means just the title with no or very little involvement in decision-making. High turnover, people seem to leave one after another. This is very discouraging and motivates to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Attempts of senior management to improve the morale are pity and awkward.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your associates and project managers as assistants, trust their skills and allow them to perform at the level of skills for which they were hired
    Pay attention to the level of happiness of your employees and listen to their concerns respectfully


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great stepping stone for someone looking to get into patent-related field from academia"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Prior Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience with patents, search strategies, strategic issues

    Cons

    Long hours, inadequate management, limited opportunities for personal & career growth

    Advice to Management

    trust your employees


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work with advancement opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Global Prior Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    GPA is a very good place to work if you have a strong technical background. I joined GPA after receiving a Masters in EE. What I liked about GPA was the strong technical focus of our engagements, the high intelligence of the staff and the ability to closely interact with clients. Because of the diverse projects it allow constant learning. It is also a place where staff can advance rapidly; after two years I was running a group which provided opportunities to handle a wide range of topics while gaining experience managing a team. This hands-on experience was critical when I applied to Business School.

    Cons

    For those lacking motivation or strong skills, GPA can be a challenging place to work


  6. "Great way to be introduced to the world of intellectual property"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Global Prior Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Projects stay interesting by covering a wide range of topics and technologies. Group leaders are always available to offer assistance and brainstorm ideas.

    Cons

    Client deadlines can sometimes require additional hours, so a little extra time is required in the evenings and occassionally on the weekends.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Unfortunate period in my career."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some employees were very helpful and a joy to work with but the overall structure made it difficult for efficient communication.

    Cons

    Upper management did not support its employees and made no effort in improving company morale. There was a lot of scrutiny and absolutely no positive feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and allow your employees to perform the skills they were hired to do. It would have also been nice to receive conducive criticism.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    helpful and givings a lot of time to develop

    Cons

    Less benefits to employees compare to the amount of money obtained from each project

    Advice to Management

    Give more benefits to employees


  9. "Dishonest, Disrespectful, Long Hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IP Consulting in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IP Consulting in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I would say it is located right in the heart of downtown Boston which is nice. We also get weekly massages.

    Cons

    Terrible and degrading management. The people are very dishonest and have poor communication skills. They disrespect their employees, make them work long hours and on the weekends and take advantage of people just out of college or from different countries

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen and respect your employees. Keep up with the times and grow with new technology. It would have been nice to hear some positive feedback just once.


  10. "Painful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Global Prior Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company had nice benefits that included dental and medical.

    Cons

    Very tense working quarters. The company left very little room for growth and development. The supervisors were difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire some good people skills.