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  1. Helpful (1)

    "To : The Senior Legal Assistant Who Worked Closely with Management..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm concerned that a LEGAL ASSISTANT, senior or otherwise, would know AND discuss the estimated salaries of his/her superiors, i.e. attorneys, in their review on this site, by indicating how much they aren't making. Additionally, learning about trademarks in "a short time" tells me that a company is overworking their employees, so this is why you are "learning so much so quickly", which from a HR standpoint results in high turnover. Not to discredit anyone's learning capabilities at all; I worked with some very bright amazing people. However, "allegedly" there was one employee who embellished their credentials in education, and later it was learned that it was false. Once again, another one bites the dust; but this was after several years of already working at the firm, and would explained quite a bit when you would ask this employee questions...

    Cons

    I concur with the other reviews about the con's.

    Advice to Management

    I concur with the other reviews, AND to get rid if their HR consultant, who has her head elsewhere.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "5 star reviews are all fake"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers are good. You build relationships fast through shared suffering. Its very much a foxhole mentality.

    Cons

    If you're an attorney you put your license to practice law at risk working here. Ever wondered what its like to call the California bar ethics hotline? Take a job here and find out! I google the company periodically just to see if Raj has been disbarred or prosecuted.

    Advice to Management

    quit


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Stop posting fake reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. I got to work with some very highly qualified people from great schools.

    Cons

    All negative reviews of this company and Raj Abhyanker are true. Just look at how many people flagged bad reviews as helpful instead of the positive ones. He has no clue what he is doing. Hiring lots of engineers for his robotics startup(Fatdoor), then fire them next month after his kickstarter campaign failed. Stop exploiting fresh-grads. Avoid this company at all cost. Read the glassdoor reviews you will find out what a person Raj Abhyanker is.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting fake reviews on Glassdoor. Treat employees with respect.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Due to the volume of trademark applications, you will learn very fast.

    Cons

    This place is one of the worst places I've ever worked. Cycled through employees every other month. Business practices are dodgy. No benefits, minimum wage, and it was not unusual for paycheck to be late.

    The positive reviews are fake. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Law Firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ONE pro that I can think of is the fact that every employee feels the same about this company so it makes it less exhausting to go into work.

    Cons

    There are so many issues in this company. Raj has NO clue what he is doing as a business man or as a lawyer. There is an insane amount of unauthorized practice of law, there is no structure to the company, and they are beyond cheap. Raj uses his employees like slave workers. What law firm as a "quota" for their support staff? This place is going under, I give it 2 years. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "STAY FAR AWAY"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There are none. The place is doomed to fail.

    Cons

    Just read all of the other reviews and you'll get a picture of what kind of person Raj Abhyanker is. Egotistical, irresponsible, man-child, delusional, UNETHICAL, are just a few ways you can describe Raj. This man puts on a good show and will con you into believing how he's always on the cutting edge of law and close to "revolutionizing" the business. However, whenever his business ventures fail, he will find a way to blame it on his employees - either by implementing ridiculous new policies or firing people. There used to be a running joke in the office about how he would hire groups of people every three months only to fire them all a few months later. Sadly, it's more reality than a joke. The "inactive employees" list is THREE times as long as the active list. What does that tell you? Do you really believe that every single person that has left or been terminated has been incompetent as Raj would have you believe? Just look at what the common denominator is here. Even worse, Raj doesn't have the courage to fire employees face to face. He always does it through email or have his "Operations Manager" do it for him. The man is a coward and of extremely low moral character.

    There are literally no positives to this place. The pay is low, the benefits are laughable, the pay is never on time (which is illegal by the way), and worst of all you have to put up with a raving lunatic as your boss. One of the reviews nailed it on the head - Raj's whole scheme is to continually hire inexperienced people so they will work for cheap and not question the way he does things. Then once they start complaining, it's time to ax them and move on to the next group of victims. The actual work product makes no difference to Raj. It's all about the cheap labor - like the team he uses in India to file his trademarks. Please do yourself a favor and look somewhere else for employment. It is not worth your sanity or dignity for a few months of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Every company has a weak link. It just turns out the CEO is the weak link here. Raj will be the end of his own firm. Make sure you're not on the ship when it goes down.


  8. Helpful (13)

    "Disillusioned Partner with no Conscience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    You can set your own schedule, have autonomy and direct client contact.

    Cons

    Raj is largely hands off since he is more inclined to pursue terrible business ideas (a creperie, a legal store, etc) rather than spend time practicing law. It is a disservice to clients when the partner uses his one asset, which is salesmanship, to engage clients and then have others do the work with little to no review. And when I say others, it is not experienced attorneys, but rather brand new people who have little to no experience with patents, such as people fresh from undergrad or people abroad with no formal legal training. Clients are led to believe that someone with substantial legal experience and credentials will be working on their case, when in reality it is usually these people with little to no knowledge of patent law.

    Raj has little to no conscience. Due to his salesmanship, you may be under the impression that he is a good person to learn from and get good legal experience. You may believe that LegalForce is somewhere that you can start a career and be at for the long term. This is all an illusion that Raj creates in order to trick inexperienced people into working for cheap until they become too expensive, at which point they get fired. The basic operating procedure for the firm is to bring fresh, inexperienced people who will work for breadcrumbs, have them crank out as much work at whatever quality they can produce, and then fire them in favor of less experienced people. There have been multiple cycles of this in LegalForce’s history, and it is appalling.

    Raj considers his employees to be the equivalent of farm animals that can be bought and then slaughtered (fired) without any humanity. He does not care if you are passionate about the field of law, if you produce good work, or if you are a great team member. He cares about dollars. He’s running a business, so caring about dollars is fair, but he has no business sense or long term vision. This results in the constant shuffling of people to keep costs down rather than building a team that is cohesive and efficient. The moment Raj realizes that he can get paid by using cheaper labor, you are done. He does not care if the cheaper labor produces subpar work product. All that matter is that it is good enough for the client to pay. And if he can bring in enough unsophisticated clients who don’t know what constitutes a good patent, then the cheap labor is good enough for him.

    It is not isolated incidents or a person here or there. Raj cleans house on a whim. There have been two separate occasions that I’m aware of where he has fired essentially all the patent staff (attorneys, agents, apprentices) at once. Nobody had been there for a full year the whole time I was there. He fired people who had just been hired a month or two prior. This was not because they were producing work product below his standards. This was because he found out that there was a way for him to get paid for cheaper labor costs.

    Raj will not teach you or guide you. Raj will only provide baseless, useless comments because he will not actually read what you wrote. He will take zero time to learn what the technology is or what your rationale is for what you wrote. In fact, he won’t even read the substantive portions. He will instead pretend he has read it and provide generalized, stylistic advice that has nothing to do with the substantive portions of the patent. Thus, the only way to learn is to teach yourself. You can do cases on your own, read treatises, etc. but if you are expecting mentorship, look elsewhere.

    So what does Raj spend his time on? Terrible business ventures. The latest one is the LegalForce store in Palo Alto. This is an ill-conceived idea that has lost him almost a million dollars in under a year. Raj will spin it as an innovative, transformative idea that is going to break barriers and change the way the legal industry operates. The reality is, however, that nobody is going to walk down University Ave and agree to substantial legal work. Imagine what it costs to operate a store on University Ave, and then think about what kind of shopper would pass buy and seek legal advice. The answer is nobody with a real need for legal services. LegalForce is supposed to be primarily a patent and trademark firm. No inventor or business owner in their right mind would go to this kind of operation, especially inventors who are ready to commit to a $10,000 patent. This idea was doomed from the start, and is pretty much bleeding the firm dry of what little money it has.

    LegalForce is a terrible place to work because you learn nothing, you get paid essentially nothing, and you have no job security. It is only a place you would work if you had no other options. Even then, the frustration may not make it worthwhile. And it will never get better. Raj is who he is, and he will not change. He is like a snake oil salesman. It may sound great, but the reality is the whole operation is tricking clients into paying for legal work done by people with no legal training.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone who knows how to run a business, preferably someone with a modicum of humanity. This firm sorely needs a leader with business sense and regard for their employees.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Style over substance....Raj (founder and manager) is a manic egomaniac that is clueless on how to be a manager."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generally, the attempt to make legal services more accessible to the general public is a good one.

    Cons

    Raj views each client or employee as a victim that should be used until all of their blood (money) has been sucked out of them. The entire operation is a scam. The trademark scam works by enticing clients to file with a low introductory rate and not disclosing the huge fees they will have to pay later in more than half of the cases. DON'T JUST READ THIS REVIEW, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH TO FIND OUT HOW RAJ'S SCAMS WORK. The patent scam works by outsourcing all of the work to employees in India that is in breach of the ethical rules for practicing law. BEWARE. DO NOT WORK FOR THIS FIRM!!

    Advice to Management

    Raj needs to stop doing everything to feed his own ego and to stop saying anything to get attention for himself. Instead, Raj should either hire a professional manager to run the firm or close it down before he gets sued for malpractice.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Worst place to work at. Job market is bad but don't even bother here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much to good to say other than great co-workers. There is potential but management doesn't know how to properly manage and invest in the talent necessary for a good practice. Teamwork among the staff is great but management tends to ruin everything by constantly hiring and firing.

    Cons

    Revolving door policy as in they are constantly hiring and then firing their employees. No stability or job security at all. Raj loves telling his employees how expendable they are and how they can be easily replaced. They are constantly talking about retaining more matters but then don't have the expertise or sufficient staff to actually get the work done so it gets sent to India. If you ever complain about anything, then you are accused of not being a team player and added to the list of employees to be fired on the next culling. All the staff is underpaid while the management takes home all the profits. Raj loves to waste money on completely unnecessary ventures, yet won't pay his employees and would rather lay them off than sacrifice one of his pointless pet projects that only lose money. Raj would rather paint his lobby orange than pay his staff a good salary. Raj also is constantly trying to outsource legal work to India which borders on ethical violations as the work they do is often substandard and requires that it be redone by US attorneys and agents. Raj has no respect for his employees and only cares about himself even though he claims otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Raj and put in place a proper management team that knows how to run a law firm. Stop outsourcing to India and stop hiring and firing people every 6 months. All legal work should be done in the US and if it continues as it is don't be surprised if your own former employees report Raj to the USPTO and to the California Bar. If enough former employees do it then they will have to look into your practices and there will be enough witnesses to corroborate what takes place.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Mixed bag but great experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - GREAT co workers. When I worked at this company, the people I worked with really made work enjoyable and they taught me alot I could take with me. The lawyers were always very happy to explain things and train, very patient, and learned a lot of things that I could take with me.
    - The work I did was pretty fun and interesting, talked to a lot of clients and again learned alot.
    - Manageable hours, but I saw some of people there working nonstop and I never understood why bc they were treated with less respect and encouragment from the boss than one would accord to a homeless person.

    Cons

    - Pay was horrible. Some of the people I worked with were very educated and working their tails off and not making what seemed fair.
    - Boss was always pulling employees in different directions and giving weird tasks to do then would complain when things did not get done on time
    - No encouragement or positive reinforcement unless tied to dollars
    - Bonus structure was never consistent

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and actually give weight to their opinions. The lawyers worked very hard but did not seem happy doing random things that was asked of them instead of what their job actually was. Focus less on pure numbers and instead on the quality of service because you are a law company and not selling things.



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