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I would NEVER recommend anyone work for this firm. Associate crossed line regarding physical treatment of staff and partners as well as Human Resources passed it off as "that's just him" and did nothing to resolve the situation.
Very stressful work environment. If you like to work long hours with unreasonable demands daily placed on you, then this is the place to work. The culture here is to care about the staffs well being, and work life balance on surface. However the work life balance is non-existent. Working here would be similar to working in a factory. Expected to produce, produce, produce no matter the cost to ones health or well being. I would not recommend a friend to work here only a enemy since both create turmoil .
Free donuts, bagels, muffin, fruit on Fridays
Overwhelmed, work overload
Did not like the people there. They had an odd was of doing business. The senior partner I worked for was a micro-manager; not just to me but for all employees who worked under her. Nobody could make a single step forward unless they had a meeting with her and discussed their strategy. She was very difficult to work for and expected me to be able to read her mind.
My typical day involves supporting 7 attorneys each day by performing all kinds of secretarial tasks, from answering phones and distributing mail, making restaurant reservations and planning travel, processing expense reports, and preparing client billing to drafting and editing correspondence and large corporate documents. We are always offered training programs on various software and programs that the firm uses and have an on-site help desk to assist with any questions we might have. Management cares about all the employees and the workplace culture is strict but fun. My opinion is valued and I am treated with respect. We are offered tickets to events, we have monthly birthday parties, we celebrate new employees and have going away parties for people leaving. I really don't feel there is a hard part of my job -- I love it and I love being busy. The most enjoyable part of my job is being free to do my job without someone micromanaging me. No one watches over me. I am trusted and respected.
Stocked kitchen, with soup, fruit, candy, soda, juice, etc.
Diverse culture, great people to work with, respectful, knowledgeable and very helpful. Management is always available to answer questions or offer guidance. Everyone works as a team in order to provide the best service to our clientele.
A typical day at work is not easily defined. Challenges arise constantly that could very well be different than what you worked on the day before. Everyone wants their work done first, which can provide certain challenges all its own in the category of proper prioritization of tasks - however, MoFo is not unique in this challenge. I learned to work faster and smarter, to communicate and how to communicate more effectively and how to anticipate needs, as well as some of the more subtle ins and outs of office politics. The hardest part of the job was dealing with the perceptions of certain attorneys and management and the "elephant-like" memories of certain attorneys when mistakes were made. Hard to recover from. The most enjoyable part of the job were the challenges provided and the people. Fun environment for the most part (when attorney stress was manageable), and the attorneys do care about their support staff.
MoFo WAS a great place to work for staff once, but that has changed greatly in recent years. Micro-management has become the norm, and respect is greatly lacking. They advertise flexible work schedules for the attorneys, but the staff will never receive a flexible work schedule. Think hard before coming here.
Doughnut Friday, good pay
Micro-management of staff; no respect for job well done. Little appreciation. Low morale among staff
It is a very intense workplace with constant deadlines on all positions. I learned nothing that I did not already know when I came to the position. The culture is negative. Hostility, rudeness, and abuse are a regular occurrence. There is a constant level of stress from all interactions with very few exceptions. The positives are a few remarkable people who make interactions worthwhile and exceptional pay. The negatives are the constant intensity and general disregard of employees who are not lawyers.
Not a good place to work. They still try to work under their past reputation, but that reputation does not hold up today. They need to hire qualified managers. They have managers that fall short. They are no longer the top in the legal world.
New Patent Agent treats others in an inferior manner
Professional management and co-workers team setting support. Making sure to help more than one person at one time when usually it was about being very accurate filing and setting cubicles at a fast paste, I enjoyed reaching everybody's needs.
Breaks when needed
Working at MoFo was enjoyable in the sense that everyone kept their heads down and did their jobs. My manager was very hands-off and allowed me to make decisions on my own as long as they benefited the office. Every day was structured and scheduled. Knowing what I was going to do and when, was a reason why the job was enjoyable. The more prepared I was with my schedule, the more likely I was able to react to any new issues and/or situations that would be out of the ordinary. I learned most of my time management and schedule setting here at MoFo. My co-workers were hard-workers who kept their heads down and did their jobs. Because of this office culture, they paid little attention to the intricacies of office management that I relished. I enjoyed how my manager allowed me to make the position my own and make necessary decisions to keep the office flowing in a productive manner. The hardest part of my job was keeping up with the maintenance of the office. Keeping on my toes and being several steps ahead of the curve, I was able to keep the office morale up by making sure the employees had little to worry about as far as the office upkeep was concerned.
set schedule and hands-free manager
high maintenance employees