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Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Where to begin? I love it here. Everyone is treated with respect. Partners and associates alike are supportive, approachable and helpful. Flexible work options. Decent benefits. Frequent socials which enable you to meet and interact with attorneys from other offices. The workplace culture here is fantastic. As for the billable hours, well, they are about the same in any NYC - based firm. If you have to bill 2100 hours, this is the place that you want to do it. The days can be long sometimes, but that is par for the course when working in this profession.

    Cons

    Onboarding of new hires, particularly with respect to technological resources, could be better

    Advice to Management

    Maybe another person or 2 to handle HR related issues


  2. "Full Time Billing Coordinator Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Billing staff is great to work with

    Cons

    Billing team is greatly undervalued by higher ups

    Advice to Management

    Consider the great supporting staff that you have

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work. People steal from each other."

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bagels on dress down friday.

    Cons

    Horrible benefits.
    Change from Salary to hourly.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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