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Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Employer Reviews

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Good starting point
Conflicts/ New Matters Clerk (Current Employee), San Francisco, CAJune 5, 2014
Pros: close to public transportation and great location for lunch
Cons: low employee morale
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.
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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
Pros: free mcles done by partners who need their hours too.
Cons: terrible work environment
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.
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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
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.
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.
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Large Company struggling to make its mark in the big apple
staff (Current Employee), New York, NYApril 2, 2012
Pros: commuting costs are paid for - flex time
Cons: overworked, underpaid
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.

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