Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Employee Reviews

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Good law experience
General Clerk (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAApril 25, 2018
I worked as a Summer Intern, essentially doing the job of a General Clerk. I got a lot of experience working in different areas of a law firm, working closely with attorneys at times. Overall, it was definitely a good job to have as a student interested in law.
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5.0
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Great
Partner in Litigation (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 5, 2018
Great place to work, nice people good work, assignments. Great experience. Typical day is interesting. Lots of different clients. Good support staff.
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don't work here
PARALEGAL (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 1, 2018
No benefits, low pay, tons of work
Secretaries make more than paralegals and they expect you to get 2 people's work done in regular time - no overtime to get job done. No bonuses and they totally take advantage of their employees.
Pros
2 weeks vacation
Cons
everything else
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5.0
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Dream Job
Legal Secretary (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 4, 2018
The firm is huge and with that comes great benefits! I have worked at several smaller firms and this is my dream job - benefits alone make it perfect!
Pros
Benefits Benefits Benefits
Cons
Nothing to Con About - Here to Stay
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3.0
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Strange Undertone
Paralegal (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 18, 2018
Work environment seemed great from the outside looking in. But once you are in there is a strange undertone of various personalities when it comes to management.
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3.0
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Billable Hours controls your life
Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee) –  Costa Mesa, CAJanuary 17, 2018
A paralegal must meet a minimum billable hours requirement. If not, you are threatened with being fired. Billable hours controls your life. You can never go on vacation or miss work in November or December unless you are ahead on your billable hours. Taking time off work during November or December is like committing career suicide.
Pros
I don't know
Cons
Billable hours
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Way Too Many Chiefs & Not Enough Indians
Floater Litigation Secretary (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJanuary 16, 2018
When I first started here, the place was great. Everyone was friendly and kind. They would have Christmas parties at The Hyatt, they would take everyone to Disneyland or Magic Mountain for the Company Picnics - then they hired in some real hardcore managers that started treating the staff like dirt. They had way too many "Managers" and too many channels to go through to get anything done. Massive amounts of nonsensical e-mails from Management every single day about new ridiculous rules and regulations and new ways to make the staff absolutely miserable. For example, you would get an e-mail around 1:00 p.m. on the day before a major holiday stating the office would be closing early that day at 2:30 p.m., and IF it was okay with your immediate Supervisor to go ahead and leave early (like everyone else), if you were unlucky enough to be working for a real hardcore workaholic without a life, you would have to stay and work while you watched everyone else take off! Real NICE!
Pros
None
Cons
Watched like a hawk
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4.0
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A typical law office
Office Assistant (Former Employee) –  Denver, CODecember 15, 2017
I was straight out of college and demonstrated a typical law office. Good benefits and management was good. Multiple opportunities but expectations are very high.
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It was a pleasure working for Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith. I learned alot of legal work.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CANovember 13, 2017
It was a pleasure working for Lewis Brisboi Bisgaard and Smith. I learned a lot of legal terminology. I would recommend anyone to work here. It was great.
Pros
learned a lot.
Cons
nothing.
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Poor management undermined attorneys ability to be successful.
Partner (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAOctober 8, 2017
Poor communication with middle and upper management of the firm. The head attorney refused to assert control over the associate attorneys regarding case management issues.
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Whether you like working at LBBS really depends on the group you are in and your overseeing partner.
Associate (Current Employee) –  Las Vegas, NVAugust 12, 2017
Great experience to see cases from inception to resolution, depending on the group. The pay is lower than other large firms. I had an amazing partner who allowed me to really grow as an attorney.
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Ok
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York City, NYJune 27, 2017
The office is laid back and easy breezy but the salary and benefits are not good at all.The secretaries make the environment one of high school days with the pettiness but if you can get through that you are good.
Pros
Flexible Schedule; nice attorneys
Cons
benefits, salaries
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Typical large law firm
ASSOCIATE (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 31, 2017
Large law firm growing through acquisition; below market pay.The staff is not proactive or invested in the work of the attorneys. There is little day to day oversight by management.
Pros
No strict requirements as to when you need to be in the office
Cons
Little feedback by management and below market pay
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4.0
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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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2.0
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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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4.0
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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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This firm burns out attorneys
Associate Attorney (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 16, 2014
It depends on your team on what you think about the firm. However, the number of hours you are expected to work makes the minimal salary not worth it.
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