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McCarthy & Holthus Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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Thomas J. Holthus, Kevin R. McCarthy
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Pros
  • Casual dress code, if you're competent you can do pretty much whatever you want because they're desperate for competent people (in 9 reviews)

  • super casual dress code, yep that's all (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • But the nitty gritty is the horribly low pay and enormous work load (in 9 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. "Not bad as a temp job, not ideal for long term."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    Straightforward job requirements and expectations.

    Cons

    The work become mundane and tedious, often appearing without end.

    Advice to Management

    Greet your employees in the hallway - it's not that hard and costs you nothing. Surplus funds department requires review.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Run!"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    Casual attire. Good places to eat nearby. Co-workers were pleasant.

    Cons

    Training does not exist. The workload was unrealistic for a single employee. For what you're asked to do, the pay is horrible. Overtime is available if you can sacrifice your sanity for bad pay. Everyone there makes less than the people we foreclose on. If your idea of fun is being chewed out because the banks aren't happy with how fast you work, this job is for you! There's also no parking available in the garage and the firm made no effort to secure discounted off-site parking for employees. If you want to park, it's $20 a day. Not including the costs of repairing your vehicle when some crackhead breaks into it of course. There is no life or culture to this place, it's like a black hole for happiness. Run as fast as you can from this place like I did.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees for starters.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just don't."

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

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great; dedicated to their job and making sure the company succeeded. The actual company was so bad it made me want to better myself and never work for an awful company like that ever again.

    Cons

    Upper management was out of touch with their employees. Although they were technically knowledgeable, they didn't appreciate their employees, provided little or no training, were focused on their bank account, and there was no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Take an ethics class.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Run as fast as you can. Not a good place even for a start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and overtime availability.

    Cons

    Not enough space to share all cons. Very poor management skills for most upper management. Mid management ok. Too much push for slogans that are never applied or employed by management but expected from the rest of employees. Feels like a communist utopia environment.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to employees and show that you appreciate the valuable ones. Reward, really, truly reward the loyal employees since the regular pay is a joke anyway.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Attorney Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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    Cons

    Unprofessional, poorly managed office. 90% of job is CYA


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A decent way to get your foot in the door"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do you want to do overtime? You can.
    Time off is pretty much always granted, and you can work out arrangements to make up for the time you missed.
    The current location of the Oregon office makes it really easy to get to.
    You don't have to have any experience to get a job here. If you want to get some legal experience under your belt, this is a great place to do it.

    Cons

    You are going to be overworked. You will never finish everything you're supposed to do.
    They pay is pretty terrible.
    You have to work with people who are angry, confused, and losing their homes whenever you pick up the phone.
    You're going to get dragged into a lot of meetings that either don't deal with what you do at all, or that will only talk about things that matter to you for a fifth of the time.
    If you don't pick things up SUPER QUICK you're going to be in trouble. And maybe fired.
    Turnover is very high because its a very oppressive place to work
    The current oregon manager is EXTREMELY micro-managing. And you WILL fear her.

    Advice to Management

    Right now there is a hypocrisy existing between upper management and most employees. There is a HUGE push towards keeping to the company motto, 'service second to none,' but no support to be able to do that. You ask too much of employees, and then are surprised when we can't do our job, which you just recently added a second persons workload to.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Only use for experience not a career"

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

    I worked at McCarthy & Holthus full-time

    Pros

    The employees are really good people just trying to make it. Many with legal career aspirations that won't amount to anything there but they still give their all

    Cons

    Staff unappreciated. Pay. Pay. Pay. Pay completely sucks and does not equal the amount of work that is required.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff when they say they would stay if the pay was better. YOUR SALARY SUCKS AND YOUR STAFF IS STRUGGLING TO FEED THEMSELVES BETWEEN TOUR HORRIBLE PAY SCHEDULE. YOUR BENEFITS SUCKS AS WELL AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A HIGH TURN OVER AS LONG AS YOU KEEP UNDERVALUING THE GOOD STAFF YOU DO HAVE

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Love My Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Flexibility and good people make a nice working environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McCarthy & Holthus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good firm which allows for a comfortable, casual-dress environment. Other firms require business or business casual dress. However, when living in San Diego, it is a definite perk to come to a professional job where you can wear shorts and a t-shirt to the office. Highly rated firm with a great management team who are willing to work with people's "life schedules" outside of work. Company-sponsored health and wellness benefits are a plus for those looking to start their journey toward or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The firm has a diverse group of employees and co-worker's are a great group of people!

    Cons

    Just like any downtown-area business, parking for those without an assigned space can be a bummer, but about four blocks from free Balboa Park parking.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful law firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The law firm has a very laid back atmosphere without the restrictive dress code of a lot of law firms. It is rare that overtime is required. There is a team atmosphere with people pitching in to help where needed and a lot of cross training provided. There are many opportunities for advancement. With offices in many states there are opportunities to keep your employment if you want to or have to more to another state that has a M&H office.

    Cons

    Sometimes the staff or supervisors you are working with are located out of state This can make communication a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Shadowing of employees with on site managers can provide assistance in job performance/ challenges.


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