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Mikal C. Watts & Francisco Guerra, IV.
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  1. "Tread carefully"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watts Guerra full-time

    Pros

    Casual relaxed work environment. For the most part the attorneys have been great to work with and aren't disrespectful or condescending to their staff. Great benefits.

    Cons

    The office politics and behavior of management can create a very hostile work environment at times. Senior employees are allowed to treat staff horribly. Pay is also low.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watts Guerra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice break room, good co-workers, insurance 100% paid by company, opportunity to take on increasing responsibility and move up. Plus they are very good about helping out and giving time off if personal issues arise. Also, they give a fair bit of paid vacation, lots of holidays, and randomly a number of times a year let everyone go home a couple hours early (paid) just to be nice. I feel like the company cares about its people.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and a tendency to micromanage by some people. I sort of understand this because of all of the moving parts, but it can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings, and give your better employees a bit more freedom to run with projects more independently.


  3. "Over-worked for Low Pay - MTSA"

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    Former Employee - Discovery Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Discovery Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Watts Guerra full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health Insurance, PTO (after completing a 90 day probation period)
    Casual dress code
    Free Turkey given away for Thanksgiving
    Coffee?

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment. Management only looks for a quick fix. More training is desperately needed, but it never happens because the department heads like to stay in control -- because if the staff was properly trained and was more knowledgeable/capable, then management would become less valuable. As a result, productivity suffers greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Quit low-balling the staff. Only one annual review? That must be why you promoted a bunch of people afterwards, and then failed to adjust their pay to reflect the extra workload. When management can't get along, the staff isn't likely to take this firm seriously. Especially when HR is a revolving door. Quit rushing to meet arbitrary deadlines just to save the firm's name while sacrificing the clients' patience and losing respect for the staff.


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  5. "Not worth the stress..."

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

    I worked at Watts Guerra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience in a fast paced legal setting.

    Cons

    The pay is very low for the amount of work that they actually expect out of you. All the employees seem very unhappy. Many times I saw my supervisor leave the office in tears (as I see another reviewer mentioned). The work hours are extremely long and there is very little understanding and leeway if an emergency comes up. The attorneys expect for the staff to do all the work while they take the credit.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more. Stop taking advantage of law students. Try to boost employee moral! Ive never worked at a place where employees seem so miserable.


  6. "A great and positive learning experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Watts Guerra part-time

    Pros

    Great Department Head Manager
    All staff/co workers were friendly and always helpful
    Always something new to learn
    Very understanding managers

    Cons

    A bit repetitive
    Dealing with unpleasant clients


  7. "Horrible environment to work in for such low pay...."

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    Former Employee - Office Management in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Office Management in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Watts Guerra full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get constant emails from the partners about how many millions you've helped them win...so you see the results of your work.

    Cons

    You don't get acknowledged or compensated a dime from those millions you just helped them win. The "bonuses" are a joke considering they are constantly flaunting their Maserati's, private plane, mansions, and international trips. It's an extremely toxic environment among many reasons. One is due to employees in management roles who've never actually had management experience. Constant micro-managing, condescending treatment, and several employees (myself included) left in tears daily.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, appreciate all the hard workers you currently refer to as "minions", and get new management!!


  8. "Good Benefits, But Negative Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The firm is very good about giving you time off if you have an emergency. The bonuses are also nice. They do make efforts to improve employee moral such as catered lunches and holiday parties. The area that their offices are in is very nice as well as the building. The also do offer good insurance options.

    Cons

    The attorneys talk down to the staff. The work environment is very negative and everyone seems very unhappy. For the amount of work that the staff does they aren't paid enough, good work is not recognized and raises are only given at the end of the year. Sometimes the work environment felt downright hostile and I saw my supervisor leave the office crying on more than one occasion. There is a constant amount of exorbitant pressure to do more than your capable of doing in a day which often leads to late hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like dirt and pay them for the actual amount of work that they do in helping you win these million dollar cases.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you need the money"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Corpus Christi, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is an easy job, and the day usually goes by pretty quickly.

    There are often opportunities for overtime.

    They are good about giving time off when you request it, and about making accommodations for family situations or special schedules (for school, etc.)

    It is very stable employment, they do not usually fire people without multiple notifications

    They buy birthday cake once a month, breakfast tacos, doughnuts, and other foods pretty often

    Cons

    Management often talks down to workers

    Pay is not competitive with other firms, raises are only given out once a year, regardless of promotions or added responsibilities.

    The atmosphere. Most of the people working there are very regressive in their mindset. There are large amounts of latent hostility there, especially towards African-Americans, (most of the clients in the lawsuits are). They also call the entire office for meetings that turn into Christian prayer circles. I would not recommend working there if you are in any sort of 'minority' category.

    The Mass Tort office in Corpus Christi does not have windows, elevators, and there is often no water due to nearby construction (so no bathrooms).

    Advice to Management

    Start enforcing policies that make it a less hostile work environment. Not all the people working in the office have the same beliefs or backgrounds, and that should be addressed with more respect.

    Address workers like adults. Talking down to workers does not create a positive atmosphere, and causes demotivation.

    Up salary assessments to at least bi-yearly, and make exceptions for promotions (i.e. adjust the salary sooner). It is unlikely that they would wait to reduce the salary if someone were demoted.