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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

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    3.81
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Reviews - What employees say

3.81 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • If you cap a salary you have to give a cost of living raise because everything around us goes up, i.e., transportation, health premiums, etc. How is an employee expected to work for years and years with no increase?

What I like about the company

Safe environment and some nice employees. On-site training in some areas.

What I dislike about the company

Salary caps with no cost-of-living raises for years and years.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • City
    New York City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • 23.Aug 2016 (Last edit 24.Aug 2016)
  • Employee

Company Culture

In general, HHR was a typical law firm. On individual bases, you would get praise or more critical feedback - and they had regular social events on Friday afternoons, as well as other social things to do. The emphasis in the summer was on the "summer associates" - law students interning, but extra tickets were often available to staff.

Support from management

Law firms are typically hierarchical - HHR is no exception. However, as a seasoned person, the attorneys I worked with always listened and took my comments under advisement - much appreciated.

Teamwork

Yes, I was working on a specific large case and we had a good all around team, from partners to secretaries. As a point person and coordinator, I enjoyed working with each member of the team.

Freedom to work independently

As a paralegal you are generally responsible for your work product and, depending on experience, you are granted a fair amount of autonomy, which I was. I never felt I was under a microscope, but I was also aware when I should have my attorneys look at my work.

Internal Communication

Yes - I always knew where I stood and it wasn't just left to a year-end review. Great communication (which isn't always the case in law firms).

Attitude towards older colleagues

I doubt an attorney 45+ would be hired as a first year associate! But that is just a fact of life (and I could honestly be wrong about that - certainly it would never be a stated prejudice, just a real one.) However, as a staff person and in my early 50s at the time I worked there, I felt no discrimination against me at all. In fact, my age and experience were always in my favor. But I wasn't alone in my age range as to staff, which ranged from 20s to 60s. And of course, the experienced lawyers were mostly over 40. In fact, probably in the Los Angeles office the youngest people were the associate lawyers.

Career Development

I was not looking for this at all as I was tapering off working as a paralegal. I worked as a contractor and was offered to become an employee and declined.

Overall compensation for your work

As far as I could determine, HHR paid market wages for paralegals. I worked as a contractor and my wage was fine but paid through the agency. Full complement of benefits which are usually good at law firms and as a large firm, there was never a problem with getting paid on time.

Office / Work Environment

All good - working in a downtown high rise with up-to-date equipment, an IT person on staff even though it was a satellite office.

Company Image

HHR is a premiere law firm based out of New York. The Los Angeles office was relatively small, but within the law community if you said you were working at HHR, this meant something. Outside the community and in the LA area, perhaps not too much, but prestigious law firms usually have either well known clients or work on well known deals or cases - no exception at HHR.

Job Security

I was there for one specific case and when this ended, I left. However, there were rumblings of business lost and possible layoffs. Unfortunately, this happens in firms, and was one of the reasons I chose not to become an employee.

Workplace Safety

Yes, even as a contractor, I went through all workplace trainings, etc. and the workplace complied with OSHA. Basically, these are good working conditions by any measure.

Challenging Work

Yes, I was always proud of my work product and felt this - as to the intellectual quality of my work, as a paralegal a lot of the work is more administrative in nature. Attorneys tend towards the real intellectual challenge, although I was given some research assignments here and there.

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity of thought, yes. Otherwise, like most law firms, especially high end ones, they are always looking for diversity in hiring.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I think as mentioned above, they struck a good balance of making sure the work got done and clients were made happy (most important) as well as keeping employees and in my case, contractors happy too.

What I like about the company

Honestly, they were great. I worked as a contractor, but I was there for a long time - somewhat over two years, maybe even closer to three. I was offered to come aboard as an employee, but I was tapering off working as a paralegal and didn't need a benefit package, so I opted to work this way to provide a bit more flexibility, although the case I worked on was intense at times with plenty of overtime on occasion. I liked the attorneys, the other staff, the facilities, the work itself, the way I was treated with respect and some deference even (as the seasoned pro!), and it was a great way to end a long career.

What I dislike about the company

Actually nothing. As far as I am concerned, they struck a good balance, but admittedly as a regular employee I might have felt a bit differently.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • City
    Los Angeles
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2009
  • Position
    Freelance/self-employed
  • Department
    Legal/tax

The following perks were offered to me

Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

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    Satisfactory (0)
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    3.81
  • 0 applicants say

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3.81
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