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Hodgson Russ LLP Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Fantastic Summer Opportunity!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone was super helpful and really worked as a team.

    Cons

    No complaints, really. Good work!


  2. "Attorneys think they're gods"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty decent.

    Cons

    The attorneys LOVE the hierarchy of the organization and definitely look down upon the staff as if they're lesser human beings. They want you to believe that they're VERY important people, but don't let them fool you, they're really nothing special. They think the sun, the moon and the stars revolve around themselves because they went to law school. Get real.

  3. "Not the worst, not the best"

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

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, some nice people

    Cons

    Attorney egos will fire you for no good reason except that they don't like you. Expectation that you will know how to do everything with little to no training on specific work. It all depends on the attorneys you are working for. They have unrealistic expectations out of their secretaries.

    Advice to Management

    Create a standard for how secretaries are treated. Don't take attorneys at their word and ask the employees about a situation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Woodmere, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in Woodmere, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Good Firm. Formal.

    Cons

    Not a strong corporate power house. Salary low.


  5. "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hodgson Russ LLP part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people and life/work balance. Excellent benefits and training available!

    Cons

    It's located in Times Square.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP full-time

    Pros

    Substantive experience from day one; great work-life balance; for the most part, intelligent and personable colleagues; transparency in management; less hierarchal than the typical big law firm

    Cons

    Below market pay, often with no bonus; inconsistent work flow; a few difficult personalities, though no different from other law firms;

    Advice to Management

    Bonus and compensation structure could be improved; support staff is lacking; Buffalo office should attempt to be more in tune with unique needs and concerns of NYC office


  7. "If you enjoy mistreatment, apply here!"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hodgson Russ LLP uses top-notch technology and offers extensive training for employment.

    Cons

    The firm allows and condones attorney mistreatment of their employees. It is common place for bosses to belittle their secretaries/paralegals which fuels the extremely poor employee morale. Human resources offers little relief to this behavior and "secretarial leads" serve as biased liaisons between attorneys and their assistants.

    Advice to Management

    The most successful businesses today are those which promote team work and respect, especially between upper management and staff. The firm lacks in effective communication and leadership. Most employees are unhappy in their positions, largely in part because of the mistreatment they receive from their superiors. It would be in the firm's best interest to foster more healthy working relationships throughout the firm. Hodgson Russ has a horrible reputation among legal secretaries in the City of Buffalo.

  8. "Great place to work, very helpful in furthering the careers of interns"

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    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Buffalo, NY
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hodgson Russ LLP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees are very knowledgeable, and are helpful when asking questions. Independent and group work are both encouraged, and management is involved with helping interns fit in.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the company (law firm), they will not give out employee recommendations- they will only confirm that you were a past employee. I did excellent work there, and was commended by the CFO, but cannot direct other potential employers there for a reference.

    Advice to Management

    Allow department heads to give out recommendations for outstanding interns- we rely on it!


  9. "adequate place to work if you are not looking for recognition and decent pay"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Buffalo, NY

    Pros

    flexibility, name recognition, ability to work independent

    Cons

    Staff support is inadequate. Heavy work load but you have to fight for overtime, very little respect shown to paralegals by attorneys and secretaries. they are treated like the red headed step children. Reviews and salaries are based on tenure not on performance and quality.

    Advice to Management

    Shown some respect to paralegals. Base salary reviews on performance indicators. Its very demotivating to work hard, do good work and get the same increase as someone who's work you always have to cover for.


  10. "Laid back firm with laid back benefits."

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    The environment is relaxed and not too formal. Flexibility in working with schedules, time off and overtime. Fun and positive group of people for the most part.

    Cons

    End of the year bonuses and raises are not the best, there is no vision or dental insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Look into better insurace packages, communicate more.