Bracewell Patterson Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Bracewell LLP is an international law firm based in Houston, Texas, that began in 1945. The firm has over 450 lawyers, and has United States offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, San Antonio, Seattle, Dallas and Austin, and overseas offices in Dubai, and London. The firm's areas of specialization include energy, environmental strategies, financial institutions, financial restructuring, government, litigation, private investment funds, technology, and white collar defense.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says"I wouldn't consider returning. No matter what, the attorney is always right and the word of the office informants is gospel truth. Cons: health insurance is horrible. work place very cliquish and gossipy."
Net Development Intern (Former Employee) says"It was informative. Straight to the point without straying too far from requirements. It could have been funner. More dynamic and innovative but the firm was focused more on profits and not developing talent."
Senior Account Associate William Lea (Former Employee) says"You have to be right for this job. They provide training but very low moral with little support from management. If your good at it thou you can prosper."
Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says"The first eight years at Bracewell were great. Management seemed to be making decisions with the employees in mind. Management changed during the last two years of my time there; resulting in a mass exodus partners, lay offs and demoralized employees. Cons: Management forgets who does the hard work, even if those employees are considered overhead."
Current Employee - Legal Assistant says"I have been working at Bracewell full-time for less than a year Cons: A hostile work environment exists when one's behavior within a workplace creates an environment that is difficult or uncomfortable for another person to work in, due to discrimination. Now imagine that person creating that environment is a man who is protected and sanctioned by HR. I worked at Bracewell for a total of four months. Shortly after I started one person in power began to overly focus on my comings and goings, my schedule, and PTO hours. I have never had a problem with an employer regarding my attendance. The micro-managing of these things started very early and escalated very quickly eventually to the point of controlling. The office is located inside the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle. If there was an occasion of a traffic accident, slow-down, or my bus was late, they would watch for my arrival. It was later revealed this person would review the security tapes or have the others report to him the arrival times of employees. He then started adjusting my PTO without telling me. The number of grievances I endured are too many to put in this review. The harassment I was subjected to by this man was very degrading and humiliating. I was told that it had happened previously to other gay employees. It reached a point where I did not feel safe. I had several conversations with HR and the harassment did not stop or slow down and the blind eye the rest of the office turned only made matters worse. I told the offender in the future I would need a third party included in our dealings and that I was not comfortable dealing with him alone, when he refused and intimidated me I gave my notice. Working for this firm has been the absolute worst experience of my life. Not only professionally, like losing business contacts and my reputation, but also being discriminated against and being made to feel so powerless. I would highly caution any protected class against accepting a position with this firm."
Former Employee - Secretary says"I worked at Bracewell full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Houston management is women , non attorneys. Rude and vile. Don’t expect another side glance after you’re hired if you are a support person. You’re a nothing. Fortunately The lead individual finally retired but she made it acceptable for the others to treat you like you’re a nothing. You’ll get an obligatory smile on Admin Day. Take a picture! Attorneys clearly don’t want to get their hands dirty with HR issues so they just let it go as long as they don’t have to deal with it. Fortunately the former MP’s term ended. Rude, vile and arrogant."
says"I worked at Bracewell Cons: No leadership. Friends, families and in-laws in management allowed to monopolize employee’s growth while playing golf. Working from home favoritism, while others not permitted some can work from home out of state! And when asked about work from home policy, management comment .. we don’t have one. Your lazy, and taking advantage of the system that has no policy if you try! Preferential treatment, work life balance given to employees and management that make the problems bigger. And all concerns and issues by employees are shunned by management and human resources. No such thing as confidential, management loves gossiping allowing issues to escalate. Company claims there’s no issues and they are transparent but it’s a façade, lie on company survey or you will be weeded out."
Former Employee - Assistant says"I worked at Bracewell full-time for more than 8 years Cons: -No Diversity -Awful Management -Unwanted Sexual Harassment -Homophobia -Terrible Communication -Victim Blaming"
Former Employee - Assistant says"I worked at Bracewell full-time for less than a year Cons: Absent Office Administrator; no communication"
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Bracewell full-time Cons: This company gives preferential treatment to non colored employees. If you are a minority I wouldn’t recommend this firm."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Bracewell full-time Cons: No room for advancement, based on nepotism, policies in place to allow families to stay employed and corrupted work ethics."
says"I have been working at Bracewell for more than 3 years Cons: Horrible bonuses and management issues"
Current Employee - Staff says"I have been working at Bracewell full-time for more than 3 years Cons: HR is not supportive. No continued Training. All benefits were sliced in half when the recession started but never reimplemented."
Former Employee - Partner says"I worked at Bracewell part-time for more than 3 years Cons: In my experience, the focus was relentlessly on increasing revenue--by any means necessary. The firm was very aggressive about conflict issues and I have concerns about the firm's overall ethics. When lateral attorneys came in, it was common for the firm to try to get between the new lawyers and the clients they brought in; this makes sense when you realize how many laterals leave in less than five years. "Harvesting" their clients is quite common."
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