The toilet firms were quite successful last week in closing down JDjive and keeping their reputations of horrible young attorney treatment off the google cache. Luckily, I saved some of the more memorable postings:
Leahey & Johnson is a horrible place run by horrible people. Junior is as nasty as they come & lacks 1% of the old man's talent.If you go there for a deposition, you cannot use their toilet. They are disgusting people - & they churn the crap out of there files. By the way, get ready to wear a suit on Saturdays if you work there. No - I never worked there, but I'm beyond the associate ranks & know many who have. I dealt with those creeps on many cases over the years too.
Melli, Guerin, & Wall. A "firm" that is generally ranked in the Top 5 listing of NYC toilet firms to work at every time such a thread comes up. Salary is 45K for a 50 hour week doing dead-end no fault defense. You cut and paste frivilous boilerplate toilet motions together and argue them at the homeless shelter known as NYC Civil Court. Also very poor health insurance and no bonus. This place goes thru about 3 lawyers a month.
Doc. review at Paul Weiss. $21 an hour to be locked in a windowless basement full of dead cockroaches with the fire exits blocked and ONE bathroom for 65 people (that we also shared with the homeless people who live in the concourse below Rockefeller Center) all for 80 hours a week.
An earlier post and probably others have suggested the Raymond Schwartzberg & Associates is probably one of the worst firms to work at in NYC. This is what I've gathered so far... 1. He pays $30-35K to start (like he has for the past 10 years) and bonuses and raises are few and far between. 2.He expects 80-hour work weeks. 3.His office is a real dump. 4.He does medical malpractice and personal injury law. 5.Turnover at his offices is extremely high. 6.What little support staff he has are incompetent.
I worked at Schwartzberg's office for about 6 weeks. Awful, Awful place. Ray is a huge dick all the time, the lawyers there are REALLY bad, the place is a dump, Ray treats the clients and his employees like @#$%&, no benefits, low pay ($16 an hour. They pretend its salary when you apply, but really it is $16 an hour),and long hours. I had read these posts before I started, but I was desperate and who knows who's posting these things, I thought that maybe everybody here was a spoiled jerk (like most law students) who expected too much from their first job. I wanted to make it work and just put up with some bullshit, but i'd rather forget about the law and go back to delivering pizza than ever work for that @#$%& ever again! Seriously, its bad. Not just bad, but the kind of bad where you spend your nights dreaming of murdering your boss. The only way I would ever go back there is if my only other option was homelessness.
Melli might give Frieberg & Peck a run for their money re: most hated firm. The routine is pretty much the same at both, although Melli actually has the nerve to require real billible hours for no-fault toilet work. Melli pays only 45 K and has a couple computers from 1989.There is NO CASE MGMT SYSTEM! NONE! Everything is in two-pring paper files like it was 1955. Also the partners who run Melli are born liars, they exaggerate the job and lie about new computers, bigger space, etc.
Advertised job for $21k at 50 hours per week. $8.40 an hour. Wal-mart employees make an average of $9.26 an hour. It's only a matter of time before insurance carriers and ID firms catch on. How will it play out? Anemic bonuses. Salary stagnation. Entry level salary DROPS. Higher requirements in terms of hours worked, subservience, etc.
Rappaport Hertz, a real estate firm in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. There was an article in Law.com a few months ago that discussed several EEOC complaints brought by former employees about sexual harrassment and abuse. It is alleged that they put semen on some new JD's phone. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1124269512308