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Malcolm Cisneros Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Arturo M. Cisneros
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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that works with school, lunches on Fridays, and great staff

    Cons

    Cant think of any, It is a great firm


  2. "Foreclosure Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Foreclosure Paralegal in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Foreclosure Paralegal in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some cool co-workers that i am still friends with today. Had days where it was mellow and relaxed enough for coworkers to go out for drinks after.

     Friday breakfasts and the occasional luncheon sponsored by the company were decent perks. Bill Malcolm is very personable.

    Cons

    This place is a revolving door. Most employees have no expectation of being there long term and management is totally ok with it. This leads to a very low morale working environment where all coworkers talk about behind managements back is how much they hate working there for such little pay. The formal dress code doesn't help anything either.

    The pay was insulting, the hours were long, this job was an unorganized assembly line. "Lets take in the clients business and figure out the rest later." This approach leads to you having 300 files to work on and furthering you hating being there.

    This is as entry level law firm as it gets. The attorneys mainly went to tier 3 law schools and couldn't find law firm jobs elsewhere, otherwise why would an attorney take a job for $60k?

     The paralegals all fresh college grad's who are having trouble finding a job, so working at a law firm sounds like a good start for them

    Advice to Management

    This job got me where I needed to go and I appreciate them for that. Whatever advice I were to offer, this firm isn't listening.

    The yearly raises are .50 Cents,(if your lucky) i'm still having nightmares of working here. Just heard this place had layoffs and I/m not surprised at all.

    AVOID.

  3. "Employees"

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

    I have been working at Malcolm Cisneros full-time

    Pros

    It's a wonderful family to work for and they are always there to teach.

    Cons

    You have to put in the time but it pays off.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  4. "Changing times"

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    Former Employee - Bankruptcy Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Bankruptcy Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The higher ups and overall staff are great to be around. Questions are appreciated and allowed me to quickly improve.

    Cons

    I had some problems with how work was allocated in the middle management. Not sure if these issues ever made it to the top. Still nice people, just didn't not care if a few people handled a lot of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if it was a one time experience, but there was a massive layoff that might have changed the quality of my review if there are new personnel.


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and gain new skills. I had many opportunities to learn new things, and felt the management really invested in me and did what they could to help me succeed.
    They care about their employees, great time off, benefit packages, Holidays/birthday gifts, free breakfast every Friday.
    The owners are very kind, you are not just another employee they actually spend time getting to know you.

    Cons

    Only downside was my commute


  6. "Legal assistant"

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

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time

    Pros

    Vet relaxed work environment; systems essay to use

    Cons

    Initial training on work systems could be improved.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Lots to Learn for Low Morale"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Paralegal in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you're a recent grad and for some reason, you think the legal industry is the one for you, then this might be a good place to start. You will bond with people like you.

    Pay and benefits is better than zero. But if you're looking for something else, then do not wait and do not get comfortable with the Friday breakfasts.

    If there's another bonus, it's a cool area to work in Irvine. It's in the business district right off the 55 and 405, so it's convenient to drive to most places in Orange County.

    Cons

    You will be put into a low-morale working environment with managers who practice power office politics to remind you that you are only making $12-14/hr. You won't see the partners at all and will exclusively interface with these managers who have only maintained their status due to seniority at the firm. You also will rarely interface with the attorneys because they're holed up in their office. You'll get emails with passive aggressive messages with overused ellipses, like this: "So, I noticed you weren't in the office..." even though you had a prior discussion about not being in the office. In general, there are general passive aggressive, guilt strategies that keep paralegals in their place, which is a revolving workforce door full of discontented and unmotivated talent.

    There's a pecking order, and it seems like certain people are hired on because they know the managing partners/family in some capacity. It's not a merit-based system. Paralegals are not gaining skillsets, as they are just following outdated business practices. Paralegals learn on the job and by exposure, not by formal training or any systematic, repeatable process. It feels like a free-for-all until you sort of get the ropes and by then, you've already drafted your resignation letter. And you finally quit. But, there's already someone else coming through that revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    How does your business grow if your workforce continues to leave and your firm's workforce retention rates are among the lowest in Irvine, CA? You will remain a perpetual small firm due to your inability to scale the business due to a crippling, revolving door system of hiring.

    The advice is to rethink your workforce strategy, invest in high-skilled paralegals and parallel their skills with competitive salaries to retain them, and to develop employees with investment in the firm. This way, you will be able to scale and reach for new business. Also, reassess current management and determine whether their managing behaviors are appropriate professionally. There is so much passive aggression that it is embarrassing how unprofessional certain supervisors and managers behave.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

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

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time

    Pros

    Easy commute to the beach after work

    Cons

    Will treat you like dispensable garbage

    Advice to Management

    Do not treat your employees as if they are so easily replaceable....even though this place is clearly a rotating wheel that drops you in the dirt as soon as you create value. Have some loyalty - good things happen when employees don't assume they are expendable. Also, don't have a clearly unstable employee run HR...or place people in management who are insecure that talent below them will "overthrow" them...


  9. "Asst paralegal"

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

    I worked at Malcolm Cisneros full-time

    Pros

    Met some good people there

    Cons

    Worst place to ever work. Training there was the worst and expected you to produce like you been there for years. Even the ones who been there forever complain how much they hate it but are too afraid to speak their mind due to reprecautions.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in the mirror , you are your own worst enemy and for failure for the dept and revolving door.You got people working there who are lost and don't know what their doing.


  10. "Bankruptcy Specialist"

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    Many cons. It was a ridiculous place to work. The work load was unbelievable. The bankruptcy manager will run you into to the ground until you quit or you get fired. If you want to take time off for something important you are viewed as not working hard enough. You will not be appreciated and you will be made to feel like you can never live up to unrealistic expectations of work. The bankruptcy manager is unbearable to work with. I do not recommend you take a job in this department if you are offered it.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your employees and reward them for hard work, instead of treating them poorly.


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