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Osha Liang Houston Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Osha Liang full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at this Firm for a number of years. Believe me, it is a great place to work relative to a lot of other places. Management is very open to listening to new ideas. They encourage active participation in various in-house committees by all level of employees. This is a very stable place to work. I hope to stay until the end of my career. If you are willing to work hard, have fund and really focus on the needs of the clients, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and stay focused on the big picture and making Osha Liang one of the top places to work in the legal field or any other field


  2. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Patent Administration Clerk in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patent Administration Clerk in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Osha Liang full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain valuable experience with a firm that excels in its field. Friendly people, flexible hours, and nice benefits. Beautiful office campus is downtown and parking is provided by the company. Opportunity to interact with sister offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and Hangzhou.

    Cons

    Lack of HR department means alot of gossip and social cliques, and sadly prevents many employees from being able to speak up when there's an issue. Pay is on the low end for non-attorneys, and employees who put in a minimal amount of effort are retained and promoted right alongside the hard-working ones. Turnover rate is high.

    Advice to Management

    John, I know you read these. A proper HR department would do wonders for your staff. It's just a sign that what started as a little boutique firm has blossomed into a big company and now needs a full team to help mediate between management and support staff.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Only if you don't have a better option..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This could be a great firm if it wasn't so hell bent on maintaining the status quo. A few partners are progressive and actually care about properly developing and grooming new employees, but that's the exception. Interesting work if you are working with the right person. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Poor mgmt. As other reviews have said, the place is very gossipy and some of the things that mgmt has said about their jr. staff members to other jr. staff members has been downright unprofessional. No HR to serve as a barrier between direct mgmt and employees, so all of your personal issues are exposed. This perpetuates even more gossip. Pay is very marginal for the level of work that is expected. Turnover of new patent engineers has been high. Either people have been there forever, or they get there and leave soon after. There is really no in between. Definitely a retention problem, which is the result of mgmt problems.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate hardworking employees and stop making your shortage of qualified people their problem. Work culture flows from the top--stop belittling employees in front of other employees and expecting a professional, cohesive work environment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "The best and most stable boutique IP law firm in Houston"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Osha Liang full-time

    Pros

    One of the largest IP boutiques in the US with extremely strong technical expertise. Much more like an engineering firm than a law firm. The firm has a culture of a much smaller firm than it is. Nice perk to interact with the Paris, Tokyo, and Hangzhou offices. Great benefits and management is willing to listen to all employees. The law firm has invested in state-of-art technology and tools to make the job easier.

    Cons

    Busy with work from both existing clients and new clients, but not an unreasonable volume. Willing to hire or re-assign people to make sure work gets done when asked.

    Advice to Management

    No negatives--keep doing what your doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Really nice place to get started in IP"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program for both patent engineers and paralegals. Friendly people and very nice location in downtown with a nice amount of PTO available.

    Cons

    Generally known to underpay a lot. Many paralegals make too many mistakes and stick around for way too long, making it difficult to accomplish tasks.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Upper management is very pleasant and it is overall a nice place to work at. CEO is an awesome guy who gives back a lot to his community.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A diverse culture with interesting work from all over the world."

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    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Osha Liang full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training is heavily emphasized; good open door policy; amazing work-life balance; intelligent crowd.

    Cons

    Work load is a little unpredictable.

    Advice to Management

    Retain good employees by providing them with good incentives.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Osha Liang full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid parking and full benefits

    Cons

    This is a small, boutique firm that acts like a high school in terms of professionalism, gossip, and cliques. There is no business strategy or development plan. The firm basically stays a float financially with its international (mostly European and Japanese) clients but is very poorly structured. Partners become partners based on how long they've been with the firm, not based on talent, ability to bring in new business, or manage people. There's no real HR department and almost no structure to develop employees' careers. The people are extremely cliquish and gossip non stop. Sadly, much of the senior management plays into this and will openly discuss their dislike for certain employees to other employees

    Advice to Management

    Create a plan for how to run your business instead of just throwing things against the wall to see if they stick. Start actually caring about and investing in your people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sort of a Strange Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Osha Liang full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedule, nice offices

    Cons

    It sucks if you are not "professional" staff - even if you have a college degree. If you do not fall in with one of the cliques you will definitely be marginalized and pigeon holed. Not a good place to work if you are an intelligent administrative type hoping for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    An employee does not have to be an attorney, engineer or patent agent to have value.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Just wierd."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great people and room to grow.

    Cons

    Low pay, little or no training, and pigeon-holed into a particular technology area.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Tread Carefully"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Patent Boutique with some local recognition in Houston.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership and overall unpleasant people to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Stop gossiping about everyone.


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