Pros: - good work/life balance - nice physical environment - decent pay and benefits - most of the attorneys are really, really nice people - Christmas party and group events, fun activities
Cons: - staff management is very unclear, difficult, and creates unnecessary interpersonal issues. - the attorneys have been friends for years... there is a lack of professionalism in the environment that can be uncomfortable - several of the partners in the firm are very difficult personalities who are given free reign to abuse their power - they DO take the time to "spy" on your browser history at work, and aren't above reading personal material. While this is always good advice, be especially careful to never use work computers for anything personal, even Gmail - they will login and sift through material if they don't like you. I stopped even using their wifi, and just bought an unlimited data plan because I knew they did this. - high turnover because of issues mentioned above - no room for growth
If you fit in, you will be happy. If for whatever reason you don't, they will let you go quickly and harshly with little job coaching. However, if you do fit in, it can be a great, great, place to work with some good people. You will figure out quickly if this job will work for you.
Paralegal (Former Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – March 23, 2015
I am fairly new to the paralegal field and was told that they looked at 100 resumes, picked 10 to interview, picked 3 out of those 10 to come in for a second interview, and I was chosen.
Their interview process is pretty awesome; you interview at first with your managing attorney(s), the second interview you meet the firms managing attorney and then go get a coffee with the lead paralegal of the team they are hiring for; property or auto.
I was offered the job fairly quickly and was to start after the New Year. On March 20, I was "laid off" due to them wanting to "revamp the property team" and this was within my first 90 days of employment.
According to their reason I "wasn't catching on fast enough," Training was pretty scarce; I had one day with a training binder that I had to put together and then pretty much left to my own devices, although I could ask questions.
At my 30 day review, I was told that I was doing a great job and that I just had to focus on my note taking during meetings which did get better. From my 30 day review to my firing, I was not spoken to about anything that I may have done or not done.
I'm hoping that they truly are wanting to reorganize the team and that they didn't fire me for something that could have been explained/fixed by speaking to me about it.
Flexible schedule, neat interview process, quiet work environment
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – April 7, 2014
Going to the center was not only positive but eye opening. Each day I was taught something new not only about my strength but about the good that comes from this world and the good people in it. I will forever be grateful.