Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Employee Reviews

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Good place to work
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA 92101May 28, 2017
A good place to work at. There is great teamwork among secretaries. Work environment is nice and friendly especially among staff. Attorneys are great to work with and treats staff with respect (no yelling or screaming).

There is good distribution of workload and assigned attorneys to each secretary. There is good support staff , i.e., word processor, mailroom, file clerks, calendar clerks and paralegals.
Pros
Good working environment; bagels and donuts every Friday
Cons
Dose not provide 401-K
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The worker morale is low
Staff service (Current Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 3, 2016
the place is ran horribly. There is no clear cut rule placed on anything and at any moment things can change. It seems as tho all the support staff has adopted this that not my job mentality so getting anything done is a hassle. Also the few benefit they have they have taken away most recent they have taken away medical and put it into away that they only contribute 500 for year and the employee pays the rest. Job security is the only plus but I'm a place like that the only people who would want to stay are people who are so comfortable they don't want to find something else
Pros
Paid transportation
Cons
Everything
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Toxic work culture
Attorney (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 17, 2016
There is a reason LBBS is known as a low paying factory job in the industry. Everyone is disposable. They require you to work long hours everyday, including weekends. There is no vacation. It is virtually impossible to make partner unless you transfer over as a lateral. The morale is very poor. Everyone hates their lives and it shows. Terrible human resources staff has also led to a revolving door in support staff. There is no case management software, which greatly impacts everyone's time, stress levels, and practice management.
Pros
Good experience
Cons
Poor morale, no work life balance, no incentives
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very settle work environment
Executive Legal Assistant/Junior Paralegal (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 1, 2015
You can read a book on a good day. Working for the company you can learn a great deal of things if you apply your self to the right work group. The work groups here travel in packs, the billable pack and the lets get over on this partner pack.

You can stick to being a legal secretary or learning more and that also depends on who you work for.l
Pros
family orientated
Cons
You wear multiple hats
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California nightmare
office (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 7, 2015
DO NOT WORK HERE. Everyone is very argumentative, management cares about nothing. You have to do everything without any kind of support. If you are over 35, you are viewed as ancient.
Pros
flexible time
Cons
culture very aggressive, poor benefits and salary
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Good starting point
Conflicts/ New Matters Clerk (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 5, 2014
The turn over rate is definitely high with this firm. I've seen more employees leaving than coming in. Management simply does not care about the morale of the employees. Good place to get your foot in but not a firm to stay with. Pay is much lower than what other firms offer.
Pros
Close to public transportation and great location for lunch
Cons
low employee morale
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Nice work/life balance
Partner (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 7, 2013
For the most part, I enjoy working for LBBS, but I am looking for a change.
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Low Morale Be Forewarned
Associate Attorney (Former Employee) –  Costa Mesa, CAFebruary 8, 2013
LBBS will require you to work long hours everyday, on the weekends, on leave, and on vacation. The partners have adopted the attitude that associates and staff are as disposable as a roll of paper towels. The compensation is also way below market rates, not transparent and not uniform (so people at the same level are often paid different salaries). The only way to make partner is be a partner at a small firm that is then absorbed by LBBS. Also each office is its own kingdom, you are not allowed to transfer from one office to another and the partners hate on each other for stealing associates from OC to SD or to LA. Also bonuses are discretionary even if you make your billable requirements, so if the partner you work for doesn't like you, then you won't get a bonus even though you billed the extra hours. Also no compensation or recognition if you bring in a case or a new client. It is common place to hear a partner screaming at staff on a daily basis.
Pros
free mcles done by partners who need their hours too.
Cons
terrible work environment
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LBBS would always reward their employees with special gifts, bonuses and time off for excellent performance.
Senior Litigation Secretary (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 26, 2012
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith is a large law firm employing 300-500 attorneys. They are located in the financial district of lower Manhattan. You will never find a more dedicated group of attorneys whoose main accomplishments include insurance defense. A typical day of work last 8 to 20 hours. There are tight deadlines and no one leaves until they are done. I learned that I am capable of producing error free work and professional level documents and briefs. The hardest part of the job is prompting the client to pay their bills. The most enjoyable part includes the celebrations we use to have on cinco de mayo.
Pros
the support staff was always welcome to the wonderful lunch food left over from arbitrations.
Cons
the only drawback were the non-ergonomic desk that virturally everyone had to sit in.
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Large Company struggling to make its mark in the big apple
staff (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 2, 2012
The attorneys are very overworked as is the staff. It is an opportunity to learn much and I can say that I will walk out with alot more knowledge. Everyone is stressed and overworked so the morale is in the basement.
Pros
commuting costs are paid for - flex time
Cons
overworked, underpaid
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