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Oliff Berridge Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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James Oliff
28 Ratings
  1. "Lots of changes!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The location is fantastic and there are lots of opportunities for support staff or entry-level employees to advance. A lot of the recent changes in policy (business casual dress code, late arrival policy, paid time off) mean that the environment has relaxed a TON since I started a year ago. Overall, the culture is more pleasant. The people make this firm. Everyone is really friendly and helpful. I love interacting...

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    Cons

    Some of the training procedures and material seem outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Update training.

    Oliff Berridge2018-11-16
  2. "Still needs lots of improvement"

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

    I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Location is great. An hour is allowed for lunch. You get a decent amount of leave (but they are very strict with how it's used).

    Cons

    The EC does not care about it's employees. They have bad attitudes and don't listen to staff. Management is ok, but they really don't listen to staff either. The firm does not care if you've put in your time and been there a while. They only care about costs. They try to make changes, but it's most surface level. Their leave policy is decent. But their family/work balance is poor. They bring in of counsel people who have...

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    Advice to Management

    Take the time to actually care about your employees. Listen to them. Treat them with respect.

    Oliff Berridge2019-06-14
  3. "Job"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time

      Pros

      Great place to work at

      Cons

      Nothing bad about this company

      Oliff Berridge2019-05-21
    • "Worst law firm to work for in the country"

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      Former Employee - Associate 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      If you need a job, and this is your last resort, it's better to be employed than not. So take it in that case.

      Cons

      The culture here is based on fear. The management is awful. The CEO/founder of the firm is a tyrant. The rules are archaic (when I was there, it was no cell phones, no internet, and this was about a decade ago). Clients, because everyone is so unhappy, it reflects on the work product. The joke is, is that all the attorneys are doing the least amount to not get fired. You are getting the worst patent work possible...

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      Advice to Management

      Ride it while you can. The last few Japanese clients will leave you. Don't worry, I and most of your alumni are set on shedding the truth (as it's well deserved). You'll be an afterthought in the not too distant future. Jim Oliff- I hope you're happy with your life. Sure, you made a lot of money. But on your deathbed, your legacy is going to be one of someone who is hated by nearly everyone who worked him. ...

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      Oliff Berridge2019-05-10
    • Helpful (1)

      "Not good."

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      • Culture & Values
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge

      Pros

      A paycheck. Old Town Alexandria is very cool.

      Cons

      Very high turnover. Constant wait for the other shoe to drop.

      Oliff Berridge2018-12-10
    • Helpful (1)

      "indifferent"

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      Former Employee - New Applications Specialist in Alexandria, VA
      Recommends
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The people make this job. From "lower level" staff in the Office Supplies group, to docketing, new apps, paralegals and most attorneys, all of the people are one of a kind. I hated the work load at first, but eventually found it bearable once I found the encouragement and help from my coworkers and manager. Having a manager with an open door and patience for her employees was such a breath of fresh air. The training...

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      Cons

      The Executive Board is too concerned with policing the attire and arrival time of their employees to actually weed out attorneys who don't actually know what they're doing. So many attorneys rely on staff to fix their errors and tell them how to do their job even when staff members have to report to 2-3 separate attorneys and agents a day. Also, pay your employees a salary that's appropriate for the area. Just because...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your staff and not just Members.

      Oliff Berridge2018-09-06
    • "Good job, but challlenging"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Interesting work, Good benefits, Don't have to bring work home, coworkers are very friendly

      Cons

      Turnover in entry level positions, if you don't do well in large firms you may struggle, Training period can be challenging for some.

      Oliff Berridge2018-08-27
    • "Salary"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      I was at Oliff for almost 3 years. I loved the Salary and bonuses, benefits, location, and training is exceptional.

      Cons

      Poor management choices. Instead of opening available positions for everyone to apply they pick who they want in management positions. This makes it unfair to others who feel they work just as hard and who actually may have skills and qualifications that the person chosen doesn't have. Its more so of a clique situation, when choosing managers.

      Advice to Management

      Listen to the opinions and advice from your employees (even if you have to do it anonymously and through some sort of assessment). They are the ones doing the work. HR should be conducting yearly assessments of all departments to ensure the best productivity. Salary is great but statistics show that pay is NOT one of the top reasons people leave a job. If you change this maybe the turnover rate won't be so high.

      Oliff Berridge2018-07-25
    • Helpful (2)

      "IP Specialist"

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      Former Employee - IP Specialist in Alexandria, VA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Oliff Berridge full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Very good training. Nice people to work with (for the most part). Organized with detailed client instructions.

      Cons

      You feel like a “number”, not a person. Which is understandable it being a bigger firm, but when you’re treated like you don’t matter then you aren’t likely to STAY, which is a huge issue at the firm. The constant come and go is too much to keep up with. The office itself is very outdated - decor, computers, phones, office supplies, etc. Not very pleasant to stare at! You feel like you can’t take any time off...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop worrying about the UNNECESSARY and focus more on your employees. Give credit when credit is due, and stop playing favorites. RETIRE MR. OLIFF - let some of the younger members take over.

      Oliff Berridge2018-03-23
    • "IT Support I"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Oliff Berridge for more than 3 years

        Pros

        I started at Oliff PLC with no IT experience and stayed there for 4 years because there were lots technologies to learn such as Windows Server, SQL, Exchange, Arcserve backup software, IP routing and switching, GFI Mail Essentials, Citrix and litigation support. These experiences definitely helped me move forward in my career. Also, the law firm has a lot of events where they offer free meals which was pretty nice....

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        Cons

        Lots of stuff to learn

        Oliff Berridge2018-02-18
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