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Gordon & Rees Reviews

Updated September 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Very nice people, very nice office (in 6 reviews)

  • Everyone in this law firm know when it is time to work and when it is time to have fun (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • I wanted to get to know the attorneys a bit more but between everyone's work schedules it was difficult (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "IT Support"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    No weekend work except for rotating on-call duty
    Central location near transit (BART)

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunities
    Communication is by grapevine, rumor


  2. "Conservative, corporate climate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Kept office fridge stocked with sodas, offered coffee and snacks. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    High billing standards. Conservative dress code. Offices answer to corporate management.

  3. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large national firm provides a springboard to work for a better employer in the future.

    Cons

    Managing partners do not bother to learn who associates are, no substantive training on legal skills or marketing for associates, top heavy structure that has little interest in advancing associates, incredibly stingy (no 401k matching, undermarket salaries, absurd bonus program, bad health benefits).

    Advice to Management

    Pay associates what they deserve.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Insurance defense"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for good substantive experience and exposure to different practice areas, nice coworkers and firm events, ability to work from home when needed

    Cons

    Very low and blackbox compensation and bad hours

    Advice to Management

    Needs to either lower the billable requirements or up the pay big time. Highest assoc bonus potential is around $10k. Continually losing the best attorneys. 1900 billable requirement is functionally 2050 at least given client billing restrictions. No transparency with salaries means they are abysmal even for non-equity partners. Avoid this place


  5. "business as usual"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    liberal work from home policy, decent benefits, periodic firm events

    Cons

    big law hours with small law pay, all the good attorneys leave, the rest are job searching, lots of work for staff with no overtime

    Advice to Management

    invest in the company and the people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gordon & Rees full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office space, open door policy for most attorneys, strong support for new employees, expert corporate office support staff

    Cons

    Office manager created a very toxic environment between staff and leadership. Company didn't value its employees, penalized employees for addressing issues.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the turnover rate of your support staff. Value them instead of treating them so expendably.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gordon & Rees full-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent when starting out.

    Cons

    Some people are unfair to others and their situations or levels of education.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.

  8. "Good benefits and room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon & Rees full-time

    Pros

    Good people, paperless and technology-forward for the most part; very diverse environment

    Cons

    Inconsistent, so big and spread out over the U.S.., sometimes it is very difficult to figure out who you need to talk to when you have questions

    Advice to Management

    More ability to work from home for staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a very professional, high end,downtown practice. This was an excellent experience.

    Cons

    Traffic in downtown and parking is the only negative I can think of.


  10. "Tedious work"

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    Former Employee - Case Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Case Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get free tea and water.

    Cons

    High stress environment with very little compensation. Also, the people are horrible and you feel on your own most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for what you expect of people.


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