Pros: good compensation
Cons: awful environment, no training, rude/arrogant partner, hr dept. offers no assistance to what goes on after you are hired
I was hired to assist a partner as his legal assistant. I replaced an assistant who was supposed to "train" me; however, she never did as she accepted a position on another floor.
I showed up early on my first day of work to find I had 2 cubicles to clean-up & organize. The paperwork was thrown all over the floor, the piles were approximately 4 feet – more... high. I had no chair, no one introduced themselves to me, the phones were ringing yet I couldn't get to the phone as it was underneath the piles of paperwork thrown all over.
I thought someone was playing a joke on me!
I look up to see the Partner I was supposed to assist standing over me. He says follow me into my office, so I do.
His office was more of a mess!! I couldn't even see the carpet as paperwork, files, post-its, etc. was thrown throughout his office.
The guy was not only rude & arrogant but just flat out mean.
I tried to continue to be upbeat & tried to organize all these areas, but the Partner yelled how this is how he likes it!
After a couple days of being treated meanly & ignored by the other assistants, the HR dept. called me to see how I was doing.
I expressed my concerns: I've never been trained by the former assistant as she took off, I found out that I was the 5th assistant to this Partner in a very short period of time (all of whom "didn't work out"), my work areas are a disaster, the Partner is just mean & rude, I can't read anything he gives me as his handwriting is not legible, I have no one to turn to for any sort of direction because the assistants all act like the "Stepford Wives".
I resigned within 2 weeks of being hired. – less