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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Interesting work, good people, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • A great place to work - learned a lot and everyone I worked with was helpful and pleasant (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The insurance is ridiculously high and let's not forget those billable hours (in 8 reviews)

  • The office manager is not a people person and is rude and abrasive to staff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    Unable to work from home when ne necessary


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Think twice before considering working here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time

    Pros

    Hours are decent. Vacation time off is better than some companies.

    Cons

    The office manager is not a people person and is rude and abrasive to staff. She belittles employees in front of other employees. Morale is absolutely horrible in the office by the way management treats staff. There is never ant appreciation shown for the staffs hard and dedicated work. The attorney to secretary ratio is 2 attorneys to 1 secretary. The firm is moving toward 3 attorneys to 1 secretary. The office is so disorganized due to improper managing of work flow in that the could be up to 5 secretaries working one one project leaving everyone to scramble to find who did what if there is a problem with the project. Additionally, due to ever changing silly policies and procedures and the rude and abrasive office manager there is a high turn around of employees which causes extra stress and work on current employees to constantly having to change their own already busy workflow. Finally, on the job training is poor due to current employees' already busy schedule and and lack of care to do appropriate training since they have trained person after person due to people leaving after only a few month.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people with respect, not play favorites, be pleasant, have more interaction with employees instead of being behind closed doors all the time. The office manager should do more management work rather than doing secretarial work to cover up for her lack of management skills.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Roseland, NJ
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time

    Pros

    Free parking in suburban offices. Pre-tax dollars can be used for public transportation in urban offices. High turnover (this is really a con) is indicative that you should GTFO!

    Cons

    Super low pay (think $80,000-$100,000) for associates, especially compared with peer firms and the amount of work assigned.

    No bonus schedule - people get $500.00 and that's their bonus! It is insulting.

    No compensation program - most people will not get salary increases no matter how much or how little they work.

    Focus on billables distracts from good work. Associates reprimanded often for not meeting billables.

    Low focus on minority retention and women attorney retention. They pay a lot of attention initially for their statistics and reporting figures to local papers, etc., but ultimately don't care if you succeed or not.

    Only defense work - basically all insurance.

    Most attorneys did not attend prestigious schools and are more like "street" attorneys. Those who did attend prestigious colleges and law schools are an afterthought and not treated too well.

    There is a tech/IT mandatory training - so the firm can basically check a box saying they complied with a training on how to save documents and send emails. That way if anyone accidentally messes up, it's all on the individual and firm can disclaim liability. The training is pointless as everything that is taught is easily learned by associates who grew up in the past few decades. There is also a billing "training," in which associates are talked AT - basically someone reads off a piece of paper some billing codes and then associates are told they cannot count any time unless it is billable.

    There is zero substantive legal training and zero HR training.

    Ramp up time is expected to be very quick - instantaneous really. There is a steep learning curve.

    Partners are critical and demanding. They can be smart and have good cases sometimes too, but they disrespect associates, especially female and minority associates.

    Advice to Management

    Pay associates more money. The starting salaries are unacceptably low. Bonuses are terrible. Salary increases year over year are terrible. Vacations and paid time off are unheard of at this firm - why? You don't take care of your associates - the backbone of your firm. They do all the grunt work and they are mistreated.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Majority of Attorney's are nice people

    Cons

    Absolutely no training for young attorneys, upper management only focused on billable hours, no care for work product or training


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A long standing large ,Strong firm , with lots of turn around , always have a job opening for attorney's just starting out... Maybe a good stepping stone

    Cons

    High pressure demands from the higher up partners ..they put a tremendous workload and billing requirements on you without competitive compensation to help balance it out

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation and benefits package


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, they offer computer training, summer Friday's, office manager is very nice, flexible work hours, opportunity to Learn

    Cons

    Not organized, system outdated, filing procedures inefficient, admin duties and protocols not clear or explained. Nothing else really, just more organization


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worked at firm as an associate for almost 3 years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to good cases. Opportunities to get substantial litigation experience if you're motivated.

    Cons

    Competition among associates. High billable hours with (comparatively) low pay.

  8. "Review Title"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Support Staff - Stay away from Roseland"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Roseland, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company itself isn't bad - decent benefits, although not spectacular. Their pay scale is out of whack for the area. The attorneys I worked with were great, but you could tell they are pretty "harried" I might recommend MDWCG's other offices, but not Roseland !

    Cons

    The management in the Roseland office is totally unprofessional. Micro-manage and play favorites. I got excellent reviews from the attorneys I worked with year after year, but the office manager fired me. Because she didn't like me. Had nothing to do with my work ethic. All about politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management for the Roseland office who can be fair and impartial and actually know what they're doing. Current management is a JOKE.


  10. "Associate Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and good salary for defense work.

    Cons

    High billable hours requirements for young associates.


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