Temporary Team Support Specialist (Former Employee), Irvine, CA – May 28, 2014
Pros: excellent firm to work for
Cons: low job security
This firm provided me with an excellent job, with great management and co-workers. The benefits offered for full-time employment were excellent as well. The only downside was that the job security was low, as I was laid off when cutbacks were needed.
LEGAL ASSISTANT (Current Employee), Irvine, CA – May 19, 2014
A typical day: Manage and supervise case work for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas; Prepare and file visa application; Collect documents and outline strategies for source of fund reports in EB-5 immigrant visa application; File cases to USCIS in a timely manner and adhere to deadlines; Perform administrative duties, filing, copying, data entry, Answer – more... phone calls and emails and respond to client questions, manage client database and spreadsheets – less
Incredible stressful office with very little appreciation for how hard staff works. No tangible opportunities or focus for advancement or career development and staff has huge case loads on a day-to-day basis due to being understaffed. Regularly go through layoffs based on seasonal needs and very poor morale among staff. Cramped offices or mini-cubicles – more... and office hot in summer and cold in winter. – less
Assistant Paralegal 2 (Former Employee), New York, NY – December 4, 2013
Pros: free lunches, great co-workers, benefits, salary
Cons: stressful, too much work and not enough people
From the beginning to the end of the day you are on your email nonstop. Reading and answering emails promptly. Dealing with immigration case matters. Contacting the employer or employee directly to answer any legal matters necessary to complete the case. Fill out paperwork, write support letters, call U.S. government, speak with attorneys, sit in on-calls, – more... and review case matters with manager or attorneys. Entering data into our system. Reviewing files.
I learned a lot about the immigration process in terms of where it begins to where it ends. Being sponsored by a company in a certain classification of a visa depending on the immigrants educational background and work experience.
Management was fantastic. My direct boss was the best boss I've ever dealt with. She was friendly, helpful, and very good at her job.
My co-workers became friends. I still keep in touch with them on a weekly basis.
The hardest part of the job was making sure all task were handled in an efficient and timely matter. There are only so many hours in the day and at times, the case work given exceeded the normal 8 hour work schedule. You needed to stay late in order to ensure all your assignments were on pace to be completed at its necessary deadline.
The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the people on my team. I cannot say it enough, the team I worked with was the best group of people I've been around in the work environment. From the attorneys to my peers as paralegals, they were all great people. – less
Overall, the individuals here are diverse, and culturally experienced in the Global Immigration field. Fast-paced but challenged in my daily tasks. I keep up with all 220 employees and work as the Office Manager's Supervisor to keep order through the office. We handle everything from inventory up to Team events and everything in between. I enjoy working – more... with my close nit team of 7 people in Office Services and we communicate well to get the job done. This place is great to me, but I will be graduating with my Masters shortly and looking to advance in my career. – less
Assistant Paralegal (Former Employee), New York, NY – May 17, 2013
Immigration assistant paralega, gong to the Immigration and Nauturalization with clients for citinships dealing with clients in NYC and abroad overtime which was fine with me. I was promtoed from Administrative Assistance to Assistant Paralegal after 8 months.
Administrative Assistant (Legal) (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – April 25, 2013
Pros: cool co-workers, also disgruntled...
Cons: well... read the review
It's difficult to work toward a promotion, only to learn that you must do the job for awhile before you can be compensated for it. Training - Done, so where's the pay bump? It seems this frugal firm is fitting the bill like a glove in regard to the standard infamy of practicing law. In a time where the desperation of finding a job is leading to blindness – more... and idiocy, Fragomen Chicago takes full advantage. – less
Highly stressful, firm management driven by greedy partners with internal conflicts
Senior Paralegal (Former Employee), New York – February 9, 2013
Pros: free breakfast on friday morning
Cons: long hours, constant billing expectations, poor raises
The firm is managed by greedy partners who benefit from qualified non-legal staff who are forced to work under constant pressure. Legal staff only interested in bonus and move onto partnership. The firm has lost appeal and loyalty. All the non-equity partners are just waiting for the senior partner to collapse.. The internal greed dominates the ownership – more... and management of the firm. The non-legal staff work on majority of cases and function under very stressful environment with no direction from associates and partners. Billing, billing, billing... That's all that matters to firm management. About time the DA's office got involved..... – less
Billing Coordinator (Former Employee), Matawan, NJ – December 27, 2012
The majority of my day was spent on ebilling: fixing rejected ledes files and resubmitting. I also spent a lot of time submitting new bills via T360, Sharedocs, Serengeti, and various other vendor sites. The most enjoyable part of my job was helping other people learn to submit bills successfully and instructing them on how to view/manipulate the ledes – more... files so that it would adhere to the client billing guidelines. – less