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Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. "Good firm, but needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice staff and attorneys. Partners are willing to train you and give advise. Nice work/life balance. Okay benefits. Received pretty okay pay raise. The firm gets a lot of cases and is constantly hiring (which may also be due to the increasing turnover rate).

    Cons

    - Workload isn't always there. Will sometimes need to scavenge for work or can ask a partner and they will help.
    - Billing requirement too high (2100 hour big law requirement, although this isn't a big firm). Requirement enforced although work load doesn't easily allow the requirement to be met.
    - Pay is not high at all and is disproportionate to billing requirement.
    - Some partners allow autonomy while others may micromanage.
    - High billing requirement sometimes leads to "hoarding" of work, which means some associates may not be as busy as others and may not get work when asked.
    - Chances of making partner are not high. Low partner to associate ratio.


  2. "Pretty Good Overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    Great time off, holidays and benefits. Most attorneys and staff are great.

    Cons

    Give more duties and responsibilities than you were told when hired and they do not compensate you for it. Raises are basically the same whether you get a great or bad review. Very obvious segregation between attorneys and staff.

  3. "Mediocrity"

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

    Pros

    It is a way to be employed

    Cons

    The worst of big law without the perks


  4. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people. People willing to help you.

    Cons

    Insurance defense for any little thing. Not enough pay.


  5. "Senior Associate KBR"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP (More than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the people, given chance to learn, but low pay, and high billables to earn bonus, hard to achieve.

    Cons

    See above under Pros for full review.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  6. "Would Not Recommend Working There"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location is great for shopping and eating outdoors. Free bagels on Friday.

    Cons

    Management can use a do over. Copy jobs are were often only performed by a pecking order, I.e., who you know & seniority. Certain people can do certain things, very petty.


  7. "Embarrassing"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    There really isn't anything that I would consider to be a "pro." I would strongly discourage working at KBR. Jeff Whittington is the one bright spot at the firm. He is incredibly intelligent and cares about his employees.

    Cons

    Associates are asked by named partners to lie and inflate their billing.
    Low pay (Idaho salaries in NYC)
    No growth potential
    In NYC alone, 10 associates have left in 4 months. Did I mention there were less than 30 associated in NYC?
    Zero professional development
    Environment is extremely unprofessional
    Firm was started by attorneys who couldn't cut it at a larger firm
    Billable hour requirement is equivalent to big law while pay is equal to fast food
    The firm honors new associates at their holiday party and can't even take the time to pronounce their names correctly

    Advice to Management

    Give your associates the opportunity to grow
    Bring in partners that actually understand the area of law they practice in
    Pay your associates

  8. "Working as an attorney"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work independently and get great experience.

    Cons

    The pay is below market and the turn over rate has been increasing.


  9. "Excellent firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    KBR is full of dedicated, highly accomplished attorneys who know their field and do good work. Lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Little transparency, lack of communication; rivalry between practice groups.

    Advice to Management

    More communication, encourage input from more sources.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "So-So"

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

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall there are worst places to work at. Depending who you work for, you can end up having a good experience. Most of the staff is friendly and you don't wake up absolutely dreading your day. Free drinks, coffee and popcorn always a plus. Firm events are great. Salary is decent, could be better for the amount of work one does. Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    HR sucks. I mean why have HR personnel if they're just going to be management lap dogs. Aren't you supposed to make sure the staff's needs are met ? God forbid an attorney messes up on something. Falls 100% on staff and HR doesn't even step in except by showing you the door. Some secretaries are complete slackers but because they've been there for years or work for certain attorneys they don't get spoken to. There's definitely favoritism, I mean there's a floater who basically floats around the office but doesn't actually do any work. Some of their rules are bogus and some of the attorneys are complete jerks. We know you guys have a degree doesn't give you the right to be mean to those who do your work.

    Advice to Management

    Have better HR personnel. Be more concerned with your staff and not the just the attorneys. Let's be real some of them can't even function without the staff.


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