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  • 5 employees say

    Excellent (2)
    40%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    20%
    Subpar (2)
    40%
    2,78
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Reviews - What employees say

2,78 Employees say
0 Applicants say
  • 07.Juli 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Great people with great senses of humor and "down to earth". Very committed to doing a great job at their profession.

Support from management

Receive tons of training and experience, with freedom to exert your skill set and creativity.

Teamwork

Mostly all are there to help when you need.

Freedom to work independently

Mostly free to go and succeed but you will have to seek guidance from a supervisor before reaching a final settlement for your cases.

Internal Communication

Owner's door is literally always open. Have an issue? Just go to the owner and tell him what it is. He cares. No, I mean it, he does. There is also a suggestion box if you want to be anonymous.

Career Development

There are clear paths to excel and rise at the firm. There are no "pre-set" 3% raises. If you do well, you can make a 10% jump in pay.

Overall compensation for your work

Get paid at the top of the scale for the Hudson Valley.

Office / Work Environment

All attorneys have their own offices. Parking situation could be better. But hey, employees at Amazon have to pay for parking. At the firm, parking is cramped but free and improving with more space coming according to the owner.

Environmental Friendliness

This office is paperless which saves tons to the environment in paper creation and ultimate storage.

Work-Life Balance

Work hard from 8:30 AM to 5:45 ish PM. Be home for dinner every day. Weekends only if there is a trial approaching, which is rare in this field.

Company Image

Everyone in the community knows that this firm is the "top dog" for personal injury. Most clients find the firm by referrals from past clients that the firm has helped.

Job Security

Very understanding leadership that values contributions, very little turnover by those who are "fired".

Challenging Work

Lots to do, all the time. Fast pace almost light speed.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Make good on the promise to provide more parking.

What I like about the company

People, direction, workload, pay, and benefits.

What I dislike about the company

Must deal with Orange County Judiciary who is widely regarded as completely NUTS.

Company Culture
5
Support from management
5
Teamwork
4
Freedom to work independently
4
Internal Communication
4
Gender Equality
5
Attitude towards older colleagues
5
Career Development
5
Overall compensation for your work
5
Office / Work Environment
4
Environmental Friendliness
5
Work-Life Balance
5
Company Image
5
Job Security
5
Challenging Work
5
Inclusive / Diverse
5

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered
  • Company
    Sobo & Sobo LLP
  • City
    Middletown
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Legal/tax

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered
  • 18.Juni 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

I am currently working at Sobo & Sobo, LLP. It is not my first law firm. This firm is by far the most friendly, supportive, positive environment where I have ever worked. When I needed extra time off for a family emergency, all I had to do is ask and it was granted. It is a big firm with family roots.

Support from management

Again, I have a direct supervisor who is talented and available anytime. Hard to beat that. Never had that resource before.

Teamwork

This may depend on which attorney you get assigned, but my particular team works great together.

Freedom to work independently

I have my own clients and cases. No one tell me what to do, and I get guidance from the assigned attorney.

Internal Communication

Communication is good. The head of the firm sends a weekly message to the entire firm, and I have a direct supervisor for daily questions.

Career Development

Tons of training.

Overall compensation for your work

Almost all employees start by making more than their prior employment. For Orange County, the salaries are excellent. I know that they pay more in NYC, but you cannot find better pay for paralegal work in Orange County, not to mention great benefits like health insurance and 401(k) where the firm matches your contribution.

Office / Work Environment

The office is always expanding. While most paralegals get cubicles, Sobo & Sobo gives every paralegal an office with a real desk (although many paralegal offices are shared).

Work-Life Balance

Some complain about workload, but they just don't know what other firms are like. As a paralegal at Sobo & Sobo, I arrive just before 9 and leave by 5:15. When I leave, all the paralegals are either gone or leaving for home. If you can't do those hours, you just need to get out of the legal field altogether.

Company Image

No matter where I go, when I say I work with Sobo & Sobo, the response is always "great firm, they helped my (friend, family member, etc.)".

Job Security

Turnover that occurs at the firm is mostly people who just can't cut it. First time paralegals who thought they wanted to work in the legal field and then found it too tough. The firm very rarely fires anyone.

Challenging Work

It is definitely a busy firm and a lot is asked of you here. Client satisfaction is the priority, which can be challenging with some clients.

Company Culture
5
Support from management
5
Teamwork
5
Freedom to work independently
5
Internal Communication
4
Gender Equality
5
Attitude towards older colleagues
5
Career Development
5
Overall compensation for your work
5
Office / Work Environment
5
Environmental Friendliness
5
Work-Life Balance
5
Company Image
5
Job Security
5
Handicapped Accessibility
5
Workplace Safety
4
Challenging Work
5
Inclusive / Diverse
5

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Sobo & Sobo LLP
  • City
    Middletown
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Legal/tax

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered

Company Culture

The only reason I give this 2 stars is because you have a generous amount of other employees in the same sucky boat of hating the firm as much as you do and venting to each other, which actually build friendships and end up being the only positive thing here.

Support from management

Most of The “supervisors” haven’t even been fully licensed attorneys for over 2-3 years. It’s the blind leading the blind. Either way, there is no support, no teaching...just passive aggressive emails and awkward monthly case meetings that have no real productivity.

Teamwork

None at all. They have supervisors but they don’t help, they scold you instead and throw you under the bus. Even most of the paralegals aren’t much help to lawyers because they were hired for the low, with no prior legal experience whatsoever and are thrown into chaos with bare minimum training. I think the only teamwork I saw while I was an employee was when my attorney was getting creamed by a judge for a case that was not even ours and they got sanctioned for it. The “generous” head partner said the firm would eat up the sanctions cost if they could not argue out of it. Others had mentioned that this has happened at least about 10 times already with sanctions.

Freedom to work independently

Some people have a very small room shared with like 2 others. Some have cubicles in the basement and attorneys have small offices. You can try to work independently but the offices are just so small and get so hot and uncomfortable, it’s impossible to actually make use of all your time in a cramped space, while getting bombarded by emails.

Internal Communication

The head partner is a con. He smiles in everyone’s face, promises them the world with more training and better pay and less workload or less crap cases etc; but only to have all those concerns you bring up to him, go from one ear right out the other. Because of this, the firm’s internal communication amongst legal assistants to paralegals, constantly being assigned to new lawyers, the horrendous calendar system, and discovery status conferences are a joke because no one has a clue as to what is going on.

Gender Equality

Men and women seem to be equal, but there is most definitely some sexual harassment incidents behind the scenes that the head partner was made aware of but nothing was done. Many staff members are aware.

Attitude towards older colleagues

If this is what I would have to look up to as a “role model” or wanting to be like this firms “Trial Attorneys”....you’re better off watching Trial TV. You learn more in jury duty watching other professionals.

Career Development

People with no experience at all will walk out learning something. If you’re an attorney or already know a lot, there is nothing you can sharpen or learn from here. Don’t waste your time!

Overall compensation for your work

Low pay. Extremely excessive workload. You get jipped 30 mins from the 1 hour lunch break they initially told you.

Office / Work Environment

Excessively hot in every floor except the bottom . There is only 1 kitchen for 60+ people and maybe 3 bathrooms max.

Environmental Friendliness

Most staff is genuinely friendly, including associate attorneys are generally very laid back. The exceptions are for the passive-aggressive Supervisors, the smile in your face/weirdo head partner and his “right hand” paralegal, who has been with him for decades and is nothing but manipulative and full of power-trip, which the partner continues to turn a blind eye to.

Work-Life Balance

Decent work-life balance if you don’t stress over the workload and just come in and leave when you’re supposed to. If you stay and try to play catch up or try to be an over achiever, you’ll be consumed and they’ll scam you on overtime anyway.

Company Image

Everyone in Orange County knows who this firm is and it’s not in a good way. The judges dislike the terrible cases this firm tries to argue. Plus, it doesn’t help that the genious head partner mandated a thing called SOBO SATURDAYS where no lawyers are allowed to go to court or do anything out of the office, so essentially all the judges dislike this firm that much more because the partner has told all judges that the firm won’t appear for any of them on fridays....Way to put a target on your back!

Job Security

If you have no greater aspiration for yourself , then you can probably stay here and twiddle your thumbs all day and they would never fire you because they are ALWAYS losing people. People always quit 1 year later now that they have some experience, just to search for other legal work and land a better law firm, so they are ALWAYS hiring people and I have never seen anyone get fired...not even the laziest staff member.

Handicapped Accessibility

Good luck getting to any floor except the main floor. There are 0 elevators in a pre-war house that resembles a maze, which has about 4-5 floors total.

Workplace Safety

Cars are constantly banging into each other because there is not enough parking space and people squeeze the cars in as much as you can. Cars even park behind others and block other people in with no way to get out, that need to leave ASAP in case their child or family has an emergency. I once asked why there were no elevators with all those flights of stairs and I was told that the head partner would then be mandated by law to install Water sprinklers throughout the building and because he didn’t want to pay the cost, the firm can no longer expand upward, but can only expand side to side, which just takes away more parking space for employees.

Challenging Work

The only challenging thing I found is trying to figure out how most cases accident and injury even happened....as most of the time there is no evidence of impact, or liability or damage, no pictures of scene, clean records, no injury and the head partner still tells the staff to file suit on these cases. Apparently “Puffery” goes a long way at this firm...

Inclusive / Diverse

The office has many employees from different races, backgrounds, LGBT, young and old.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Burn the place down to the ground and start over with really well trained and hardworking employees, better office technology and actually changing things instead of having a useless “open door policy” to hear the concerns of your employees, but nothing ever gets fixed. Choosing better cases would alleviate a lot of work load and dropping all cases where clients are no where to be found between 6-12 months.

What I like about the company

Not 1 thing.

What I dislike about the company

Beside everything stated above, I believe the company uses false/fake people or users to write “GREAT” reviews online for them, like on the firm’s Google Reviews.

Company Culture
2
Support from management
1
Teamwork
1
Freedom to work independently
2
Internal Communication
1
Gender Equality
3
Attitude towards older colleagues
1
Career Development
2
Overall compensation for your work
1
Office / Work Environment
1
Environmental Friendliness
4
Work-Life Balance
3
Company Image
1
Job Security
5
Handicapped Accessibility
1
Workplace Safety
1
Challenging Work
1
Inclusive / Diverse
5
  • Company
    Sobo & Sobo LLP
  • City
    Middletown
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Legal/tax

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Review averages

  • 5 employees say

    Excellent (2)
    40%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    20%
    Subpar (2)
    40%
    2,78
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0

kununu score comparisons

Sobo & Sobo LLP
2,78
5 reviews

Industry average (Legal Services)
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11.228 reviews

kununu average
3,33
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