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McCarthy & Holthus Reviews

Updated June 4, 2018
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Thomas J. Holthus, Kevin R. McCarthy
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Pros
  • "super casual dress code, yep that's all" (in 11 reviews)

  • "The dress code is casual, so getting ready for work in the morning is not a huge hassle" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "But the nitty gritty is the horribly low pay and enormous work load" (in 10 reviews)

  • "There's also no parking available in the garage and the firm made no effort to secure discounted off-site parking for employees" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love My Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great team work in my department, some great co-workers, engaged management, great clientele and the work never ends which makes your day fly by. Great dental, vision, PTO and 401K benefits.

    Cons

    Pay periods are to far apart, never on the same day & the medical is WAY to expensive for multiples in a family.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Feb 9, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are always happy to hear positive reinforcement as we strive to continue to... More


  2. "Surplus Funds Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    The dress code is casual, so getting ready for work in the morning is not a huge hassle. It's nice to be comfortable while you work. It's also nice that there isn't a lot of discrimination based on how you look (tattoos, piercings, hair color, race).

    This is the main reason I still work here to be honest.

    Cons

    The minimum wage in California is set to be raised to $15/hr which is not a living wage here. I make $14.99 right now. I rent a bedroom/bathroom in someone ELSE'S house with utilities included and I am still living paycheck to paycheck and struggling just to buy groceries each pay period. At the hourly rate I'm paid now, there is no way I could afford to rent my own place without at least two roommates making roughly the same as me. It isn't right that this company doesn't pay me enough to cover basic rent and bills in the city where it's located. McCarthy & Holthus charges clients and borrowers $150/hr for the work that I do for them. I know that they can afford to pay me more than 1/10th of that.

    Also, they switched insurance carriers, so now I'm paying more for less coverage than I had before.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe pay your clerks enough money to feed themselves and pay their bills.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Jun 5, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More

  3. "Won't recommend"

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

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and flexible hours

    Cons

    Pay and benefits were awful and they wouldn't cover public transportation/ORCA card.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your assistants and pay better to keep them

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    May 4, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good place to work, except for pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at McCarthy. It's a technologically advanced firm, good training, and great coworkers. It is especially good if you don't have any experience as they will train you and reward those who work hard and demonstrate that they can be effective. My job was interesting and challenging and I was given opportunities to advance I would not have had at another law firm.

    Cons

    I had to leave because I was being paid about $10k less a year than I was worth. The benefits are also terrible. I now have a job that is less interesting and challenging but pays quite a bit more. I would have loved to have stayed but I couldn't afford to keep working for so little.

    Advice to Management

    The pay is too low to retain your best employees. The people you want to keep are the ones most capable of finding higher paying, easier jobs.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Apr 3, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


  5. "It's a good 1st Office Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    There are some great employees. Some people really work hard and care about the success of the firm even though it's not appreciated.

    Cons

    The pay is below what it should be. They only give sufficient raises to the "special" ones. A lot of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    When it's review time, listen to your employees. We keep saying the same things but there is no change.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    casual dress, flexible schedules but not in every department, easy to get to on public transport, opportunity to change departments.

    Cons

    training doesn't exist. extremely low wages for the amount of work, upper management is useless, mid management isn't terrible but they also don't exactly make their employees issues a priority. health benefits are disgustingly expensive. supervisors will anoint you to fill in jobs/tasks without asking you. turnover rate is high due to mistreatment from certain supervisors. seems like management has no problems hiring racist, homophobic, and sexist people.

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees livable wages there's no reason why I work 40+ hours and still need a part time job to be able to make a living.. pay closer attention to the types of people you higher. learn about ethics.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


  7. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    Good job to learn the business

    Cons

    They don't pay very well

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Mar 7, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are always happy to hear positive reinforcement as we strive to continue to... More

  8. "Legal Assistant"

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

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    A laid-back office, casual dress code and friendly people. Opportunity to learn other skills or areas if desired. Friendly atmosphere despite cubicles.

    Cons

    Lower pay due to general inexperience, often coupled with weak raises come review time. There tends to be an attitude of "not my issue" when problems come up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support the individual, provide financial incentive to workers that go above and beyond, and offer additional training opportunities for cross-coverage.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Mar 7, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are always happy to hear positive reinforcement as we strive to continue to... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Path to advancement, San Diego living, met some great people

    Cons

    Really low pay, overwhelming micromanagement, entire departments fired from management's shortcomings, really low enthusiasm from employees (think of the movie "Office Space")

    Advice to Management

    Have more respect for employees and pay them what they're worth

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to build a resume...but not a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual work attire. Great place to build a resume and get work experience in the mortgage service industry. If you pay attention and work reasonably hard, you will probably have a positive experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive and there is little room for advancement beyond supervisor or junior manager. Managers can be extremely petty and run employees out of the company if they are crossed.

    Advice to Management

    Key people are leaving because compensation is not competitive. This is causing the firm to lose a lot of really great talent and a loss in the overall knowledge base for the company. Turnover will be high unless more effort is made to give veteran staff an incentive to stay with the company long term.

    McCarthy & Holthus Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your employment experience with McCarthy Holthus. We are very sorry to hear you feel this way, and encourage all of our employees to... More


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