Trademark Secretary (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 8, 2018
This was probably my worst job ever. Nobody seemed welcoming. The people I supported were on different floors. Minor mistakes were made to seem like the worst thing possible. I'm sure the management has changed, and hopefully this place has gotten better.
Temporary Librarian (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 14, 2018
Everyone I worked with was brilliant. Most firms attorneys just have JDs but all the attorneys at Finnegan also have doctorates in the sciences. Somehow this makes them more humble and definitely more interesting.
Document and Graphics Specialist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 20, 2016
Horrific work environment. Little to no respect and concern for employees. Lawyers and employees leave or get fired by the boatload. Those who remain keep their heads down and accept it, basically because they have bills to pay. Working here was the worst nightmare I've ever encountered. Turnover rate is extremely high basically because those in management lack people skills and walk around with their chests puffed out...HR is repeatedly told about what goes on. They're not interested. If you're not a manager they consider you an irrelevant peon.
I extremely loved the work that I did. I quit because morale was so low and the environment so toxic. I'm stunned at the other reviews I saw for this place. Probably written by management posing as non-exempt employees. Working here was like being in the freaking Twilight Zone. Everyone smiles while throwing ten inch knives in each others back. Nauseating. I wouldn't refer this place to an animal.
Network Manager (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 1, 2015
Finnegan was a great place to grow my skillset. It was the perfect environment for perfecting my management skills. They provided many in house training sessions on a wide range of topics from diversity awareness to effective team building. It was this kind of training that allowed me to accept my current position as an IT Director.
Legal/Patent Secretary (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – March 9, 2015
My typical work day consist of following up and making sure any projects that was given last evening was done. Getting started on the other projects, e-filings, American Expense expense reports are done, any travel vouchers that need to be turned it, are accounted for and sent to the various departments and/e-filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In during this job for over 30 years, I have learned many facets of law firm language, organization skills, time schedule is important. Management is there for the company and makes the firm run smoothly for everyone. My co-workers are professional. We help each other if needed and that is a plus. Being at this law firm for almost fifteen years, there is no hard part of the job at this point. The most enjoyable part of the job has been and is knowing what you're doing and getting the job done. Also, we have firm get togethers and that's always nice.
Productive Workplace just not fond of the distance from home
Litigation Clerk (Current Employee) – Washington dc – December 9, 2013
Nice, diverse workplace with plenty of room for growth. Learned ends and outs of ITC litigation and Copyright and Patent law. Co-workers were friendly for the most part but the toughest part of the job for me is the commuting distance from my home in Baltimore to DC everyday with small children.
IT Trainer Clerk Summer Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – August 15, 2013
This firm, is full of respectful, friendly people, and they take care of business in the most organized manner. Each department is linked somehow very intricately to the next that there is almost NO room for error. They truly care about their employees, and most importantly about their clients and clients information. I have worked both in the records department and the IT department. In both departments, the meticulous work done; filing, database upkeep, training course preparation, takes a focused, diligent individual; and that we are were (plus more). This firm taught me the importance of organization and even more the real definition of 'team work'
Most of the staff is terrific; many of the attorneys are great to work with.
Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 16, 2013
Finnegan is turning into a sweatshop. It is really sad to see it happen to a once great place to work. Secretaries are now required to handle as many at 10 attorneys. The social aspect that used to hold it together is gone. Holiday parties are now held inside the firm and most of the attorneys don't even attend, so it ends up just being staff and is not conducive to good working relationships. There is segregation going on that never used to be there. They still have excellent benefits though.
Productive workplace and a wonderful team to work with
Professional Recruiting Assistant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – January 7, 2013
Working at Finnegan has helped me improve my communication skills and organization skills. Working in the recruiting department of a law firm, there are extremely busy points in the year where you're working in an extremely fast paced environment, and I've definitely learned how to work better under pressure. It's important to get along with the people you work with because you see them everyday and rely on each other to make sure everything runs smoothly - and I LOVE my team!
A typical day at work would be interacting with employees, making sure all task were handled in a timely manner. Being a team player is a very important part of the job in the law firm business, because you want to make sure you are meeting deadlines to satisfy the client's needs. My co-workers were dependable, hard-working and loyal to making sure our responsibilities were met. The hardest part of my job was taking invoices out of the normal billing program to make them client specific for approval and payment. The most enjoyable part was training on different billing systems and training the billing staff.