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Harmon Law Offices Reviews

Updated January 4, 2018
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Mark Harmon
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Pros
  • Available entry level attorney job available in a challenging economy (in 5 reviews)

  • There is nothing good about this place (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth, poor workplace atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

  • Department managers have very little latitude; all operating changes have to come from upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices part-time

    Pros

    High energy, lots of fun, great location

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  2. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time

    Pros

    Good litigation experience in all levels of court

    Cons

    Additional job responsibilities added often

  3. "Billing senior specialist"

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    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good manager. Decent benefits. Promotes from within. Training was helpful and supervisors were willing to take time to train. Didn't need to stay late or work OT

    Cons

    Not competitive pay. Too much turnover, HR not receptive. As firm grew and workload increased more employees not added. Senior level not always visible

    Advice to Management

    Better communication on how to advance career. Add matching 401k. Have more firm wide meetings as there was disconnect between teams


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not recommended"

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

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time

    Pros

    The overall staff is made up of some great people.

    Cons

    Nearly eveything else. I have worked at Harmon for a couple of years now and am amazed at how little the president and directors care for their employees. Pay is low and benefits are awful if available at all. They dont contribute a penny to the 401k or health plans for instance. The policies for staff are draconian and I've heard that upper managment is inflexible even when long time employees are in need of minor adjustments. They are far more willing to let people go then ever "cave" to a simple staff member. I've witnessed and overheard the struggles of my group's manager, whom I like, and I am baffled by how the directors have gotten away with treating their people as worthless cogs. Friends in other departments have shared similar takes so this approach is definitely a company wide feeling. I've only stayed here for as long as I have because my direct manager is great. I wish I could be more specific but I know HR reads all of these posts. In any case I'm planning on jumping ship soon if I'm not caught in the bi-annual round of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Most "managers" appear to be doing the best they can with what they have. Change needs to start at the top. The directors and Harmons need to stop looking at their paychecks and start looking in the mirror. Although I have not had the pleasure if dealing with most of these individuals directly, if even half the stories I've heard are true then I dont know how they sleep at night.


  5. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Newton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going, quiet environment with coworkers and supervisors who are engaged and looking to help, great training

    Cons

    Low compensation, high volume, not very much variation in the work.


  6. "Legal assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time

    Pros

    Best for entry-level to gain experience

    Cons

    Low salary, lots of overtime, sometimes not paid

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (2)

    "WORST PLACE EVER"

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

    I have been working at Harmon Law Offices full-time

    Pros

    There are none and don't be fooled by the fake positive reviews added by the HR Dept.

    Cons

    Too numerous to mention. DON'T WORK HERE

    Advice to Management

    GO TO JAIL

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Harmon"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Newton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Available entry level attorney job available in a challenging economy. I was fortunate to have a great Attorney Manager who truly cared about her employees and their success and well being. She was the reason I stayed for as long as I did. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many.

    Cons

    Workers feel extremely expendable, it is clear upper management would rather lost good quality employees and replace with entry level salaries. Gossipy. High turnover takes away from team morale and continuity.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to hold on to hardworking employees who actually care!


  9. "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot and gained a lot of office skills here. There is great team camaraderie in light of the nature of the business. There are some opportunities to grow, depending on timing. The hours were good and most managers were understanding of any life situations. The team could help each other with workload when needed.

    Cons

    Managers might not let you move laterally if you're a good cog in the machine. After about a year or so, you've learned as much as you can in your department. It's hard to stay motivated unless you're fortunate enough to have a manager who lets you tackle unique cases.

    Advice to Management

    Allow and offer professional development opportunities for legal assistants and paralegals.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "One star only because zero is not an option"

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

    I worked at Harmon Law Offices full-time

    Pros

    There is a parking lot, the office building is near Russo's and a liquor store. In terms of the position itself, there is literally nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    There are so many awful things about this place. First, there is almost no training, but that does not stop the incompetent managers from reaming you out. These are managers who are not fit to manage because they neither have the competency nor the maturity. They are hypocritical and petty and do not value your time, work, or health. They will strictly adhere to stupid rules like no usage of cell phones for whatever reason (I was reprimanded for trying to schedule a doctor's appointment), but at the same time, they will have extensive personal conversations about their baby showers. Expect to be treated like a child, mico-managed, and disposable.

    The turnover rate is extremely high both because employees quit and because they constantly lay people off, therefore it is not even an awful job with job security. I was one of the employees laid off and this place is so awful that when I found out, I was relieved and actually happy that I no longer worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Just close up shop.


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