Essentially that branding, the BSF website hammers, is about "high-stakes litigation."
According to the Bloomberg article on Boies and BSF, business has not been impacted by the Weinstein connection. At least that's what the firm's founder - David Boies - stated in the Bloomberg interview. Good trial lawyers make for good spin.
As the legal and business media aggressively reported, Boies contracted for spies to find the dirt on both journalists and those accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Ronan Farrow broke that story in The New Yorker. The New York Timcs Co. fired BSF.
Since then, curiosity about both Boies and BSF has grown.
What is Boies really all about?
And is his law firm truly all that elite?
Some who had revered both are now willing to look beyond the mystique.
If they take a peek at the 27 anonymous employee reviews on Glassdoor, they might be stunned that BSF received only a 3.0 rating out of a possible 5. Here you can read those assessments.
- Cravath is at 3.7
- Skadden, Arps is at 3.5
- Jones Day is at 3.3.
Essentially, the collective meme is that it's great to have David Boies on your resume. That halo effect applies both to lawyers and staff.
In addition, it's fun to be involved in cases being covered in the media. After all, the boutique does handle high-stakes litigation.
However, investing in acquiring the Boies credential and having the heady experience of high-profile cases should take up only a year. Then, the smart thing to do is to leverage that to land a better job. Unlike Skadden, BSF isn't positioned and packaged on Glassdoor as the place to build a career.
The overall beef is that only established brandname laterals are treated well, including with high pay. The rest perceive themselves in low-status hell. Those include lawyers without brandnames, staff attorneys, and staff. They contend compensation isn't competitive.
Another beef is that the technology is old. Therefore, tasks are done inefficiently. That can be frustrating.
Some lawyers complain that staff hiring isn't done right. For that reason, those lawyers state that they are often saddled with incompetent support staff.
In turn, staff members rant about the unprofessional behavior of lawyers who hang in the corridors talking loudly. That makes it difficult to get work done.
Human Resources (HR) is a particular target of bad ratings.
Some posters label HR "a joke," It's not the function to manage employee complaints. For example, if X is having trouble with Manager Y and brings that to HR, likely there will be no follow-up. That could make BSF a sitting duck for employment lawsuits.
The number-one issue is: This is the post-Weinstein era. How much value is there still in the brand of the firm's founder? Should getting a job at BSF remain a goal for those in legal services?
As late Fox News head Roger Ailes was falling from grace because of alleged sexual misconduct, former producers for shows on that cable network consulted with career experts. They asked: Should they remove the Fox News experience from the resume?
One did. He covered over that hole. And he was able to receive plum offers for producer jobs in both Manhattan and D.C.
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