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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Reviews

Updated May 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "Management is friendly, benefits are amazing and work/life balance is valued" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, great work environment" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Conversely, associate billing rates increase every single year, so associates have less and less time to complete particular tasks" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Padding time happens at every law firm--including Knobbe (I can guarantee it)" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time

    Pros

    Been here a while now. Everything is a pro, in my opinion. Management is friendly, benefits are amazing and work/life balance is valued.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything for this place!


  2. "Okay place"

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

    I worked at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time

    Pros

    Good work environmnt to learn

    Cons

    stagnant position movement and pay

  3. "Unique firm"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, talented people, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Though growing, the east-coast offices are still fairly new.

    Advice to Management

    The firm is running well, so please don't try to fix it!


  4. "Excellent PTO and Flexibility for Staff Members"

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

    I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paid Time Off supports a work-life balance; flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for advancement; low-average pay for the IP community


  5. "Docketing Agent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good working conditions and benefits, good training and development resources

    Cons

    Management could do a better job of equalizing workloads


  6. "Overall a good place to work"

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

    I worked at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. They had a lot of staff appreciation days. Whenever there was a meeting it was catered, if you had to work late you could order dinner in as well.

    Cons

    The different departments could be really cliquey. I, personally, felt alienated by my coworkers because no one liked the person I was assisting. When I needed to get coverage for days off, I would have to ask several times before someone would finally agree. It is a litigation law firm, so you are expected to work long hours when needed.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Employees not valued"

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

    I worked at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    7.5 hour workday with 8.0 hour workday pay

    Cons

    Used to tout themselves as a "lifestyle" firm that cared about it's employees well-being (which includes worklife balance, family obligations, etc.) but are harrassed by admin for the way you use your own accrued PTO time. (its supposedly at your discretion without consequence) Particularly if it's used in small/short increments so you can attend your childs events, doctor appointments, personal appointments or to extend a weekend (usually due to burnout). They want you to use your time in "large chunks". I've heard of employees being told they "took all this time off and have nothing to show for it" when their time was used for children's events or care sick children. It may even end up on your review. But there is nothing in the firm's employee manual stating this is a no-no.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time acknowledging your employees accomplishments rather than focusing in minor defects or errors. Value your employees by valuing the things that are important to them such as family instead of nit-picking for their use of PTO to attend to family matters.
    Corporate Admin needs to be more proactive in finding out what's really going on in their satellite offices. Especially those that are seemingly "perfect" (San Diego). The employees are quiet for a reason. They are afraid of retaliation because they've seen it happen on numerous occassions. Try implementing a truly anonymous written (non-computer generated) employee satisfaction survey that asks the pertinent questions about how they feel as an employee working in that office and what can be improved. you might be surprised.

  8. "Great Job."

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Billable hours are lower than all other big law firms.

    Cons

    Nothing to say yet about cons.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say yet about this.


  9. "Working at Knobbe"

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

    I worked at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, nice people, interesting work

    Cons

    Not a lifestyle firm, not for slackers


  10. "Intellectual Property Clerk"

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

    I worked at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear full-time

    Pros

    Everyone at the firm is collegial whether it be an IP Assistant or Partner.

    Cons

    None that I could think of other than the fact that I left for better pay.


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