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Updated May 13, 2021

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3.4
64%
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72%
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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Managing Partner Steven Nataupsky (no image)
Steven Nataupsky
57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Management is friendly, benefits are amazing and work/life balance is valued(in 10 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and staff gifting(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Conversely, associate billing rates increase every single year, so associates have less and less time to complete particular tasks(in 9 reviews)

  • "Billed system is an archaic relic and must be replaced(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

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      Feb 10, 2021 - Legal 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Company with lots of wonderful people.

      Cons

      Honestly, there weren’t very many.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Maggie Greenwalt is a monster

      May 13, 2021 - Clerk 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great firm! Great benefits just hard to get hired.

      Cons

      MAGGIE IS A MONSTER! NO ONE LIKES TO WORK WITH HER.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company!

      May 4, 2021 - Legal Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very family oriented, great staff, cares about their employees

      Cons

      High work load; more vacation time needed

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great, reputable law firm with helpful people and culture

      Jan 27, 2021 - Intellectual Property Specialist in Irvine, CA
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      Pros

      The people and the training they offer. They do genuinely care for their employees and help them when needed. Great relationships between staff and attorneys.

      Cons

      Salary could be a little bit better and was lower than the national avg. No place is perfect obviously but it was one of the better places I have worked.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good

      Mar 10, 2021 - Associate in Irvine, CA
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      Pros

      Good IP firm with good reputation

      Cons

      Pay not at Cravath scale; billed quota

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Don’t be dazzled by the industry name

      Dec 23, 2020 - IP Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They provide lunch at meetings...

      Cons

      Pay is crap compared to industry standard. This is a sink or swim environment. For all the pressure they put on you, there is little support or reward. Some extremely rude attorneys but it seems like everyone is over worked & no one is happy so that could explain it. Management openly favors certain staff & ignores others.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Unprofessional staff and lack of confidentiality is rife in SD Office

      Jan 22, 2020 -  in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Great benefits and staff gifting! They’ll hand out gift cards often and offer awesome PTO! On your 10th year and every 5th year thereafter they give out a $8k bonus. The Attorneys are great to work with and the Partners are respectful. Staff have plenty of downtime to socialize and work is quickly redistributed for anyone who finds they fall behind, ensuring no one is overburdened.

      Cons

      IP Assistants are famous for being unprofessional and disrespectful to one another and even their Attorneys, creating a very unpleasant working environment and there is no confidentiality! Your professional and personal business is openly discussed by the two Receptionists, Mailroom, IT and facilities staff in open offices and reception areas for everyone to overhear. There are few opportunities to move up, so your only option if you want to progress is to leave! The management themselves tend to be unethical and will take care of their own. They are aware of some serious issues going on, but prefer to take a “wait and see attitude”. You are in your own if you are having problems with harassment and staff disputes. I agree with reviewers who say the Firms best reviews are based on historical events that no longer apply.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Terrible work environment.

      Sep 20, 2020 - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They are lucky to have nice people that work there.

      Cons

      Over-worked with little to no salary increase i.e. cost of living. Intrusive HR administration. Attorneys do not stick up for staff as they are so over-worked they don't care. Hiring entry level people - risking quality of work product for cheap labor.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Summer Associate Experience

      Mar 11, 2020 - Summer Associate in Irvine, CA
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      Pros

      Social events with associates and partners

      Cons

      None, overall great experience. Returning for my 2L summer.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      great

      Nov 7, 2019 - Clerk 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      awesome, great donuts, superb bagels

      Cons

      none, zilch, great place, much fab

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      1 person found this review helpful
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