Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale Reviews

Updated 14 Nov 2019

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Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale Managing Partner Steven H. Rosenfeld
Steven H. Rosenfeld
10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "RUN!!!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mineola, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress is totally permissible.

    Cons

    The LI office is completely toxic. From the head partner who on day 1 tells you to start plugging away at your billables and threatens staff to her underling partner who manages you from her cell phone as she ducts out to go home and play with her kids.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal NY office"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work at HR RV for over a year and loved it there. The female partner in the New York office what is the most amazing person I’ve ever worked with.She is the most kindest, intelligent,Hard-working attorney I have ever worked with in my entire career. I learned so much from her and she was amazing with questions. She is willing to help anyone who wants to be helped. She was always happy to answer my questions anytime. The three associates I worked with my entire time there were amazing and extremely intelligent and hard-working. The counsel in Long Island that worked with the New York partners was a pleasure to work with, hard-working and extremely intelligent as well. She was always on top of her work

    Cons

    Office management, managing partner and some of the legal staff Were the most unprofessional people I ever encountered in my career. They were bullies, not intelligent at all, didn’t care about anyone but their favorites. Anytime I had an issue I didn’t even bother going to them because they would never never listen to me and side with the person who is the bully and who is unprofessional because they were scared to confront those people

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful place to grow as a young attorney"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Wonderful mentors. The partners are willing to teach the associates, and give the associates the guidance but also freedom to hone their skillset. - Fair compensation - Respect for work-life balance. It seems that every law firm talks about work-life balance, but HRRV actually practices it. - Open communications. I have never once felt uncomfortable communicating any issues with the partners.

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints about my tenure at HRRV.

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Constructive Critisism That Will Undoubtedly Be Ignored"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time

    Pros

    The best reasons for working there is that the dress code is relaxed, the overall atmosphere is relaxed and, for the most part, and there is an ability to get along with, or avoid, your co-workers, as the case may be.

    Cons

    Achievements by support staff are rarely recognized, but make a mistake and the entire company will be whispering about it. The screening process of new hires really needs work; the people who are in charge of interviewing and hiring decisions are ill-equipped. When I worked there, the office managers had little to no experience in a legal office, which meant that people were hired for positions that they were ill-equipped to handle not only in actual work experience, but also in terms of people skills and the legal and ethical responsibilities of their positions, which makes the job of the more knowledgeable, experienced workers more stressful. I also noticed that those ill-equipped "managers" have a hard time with self-reflection; they hate to admit that particular hiring decisions may have been a mistake and cut their losses, so they continue to employ people who are only there to collect a paycheck, but have no real desire to learn, nor did they demonstrate a desire or ability to "fake it till they make it, which makes the more eager and experienced workers jump ship, out of resentment, at the first opportunity.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and learn"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I started at Havkins as a summer associate. After law school, I returned as a full time attorney. During my two years as an attorney, I was given access to mentors (Partners and Counsel) that taught me how to practice law in New York. Truly. The Partners are always available to discuss the cases, factual patterns, legal theories, etc. I've never been turned away--even to discuss a minor issue. This is necessary, as once you've proven you're able to handle your own case load, you will work the files as if they are your own. This firm is excellent with respect to allowing you to "supervise" yourself, so long as all is well. I found that once I was able to "work" a file, I wouldn't need to speak to the Partners as frequently about handling basic discovery issues, dealing with plaintiff's counsel, and even settlement negotiations. You become part of the team and you are trusted to complete your duties. I also note that the Partners are truly invested in your growth and success. They actually care about you and your family, and frequently ask about the well-being of both! The work-life balance is also quite good. As an attorney, so long as you are on top of your workload (and billing your hours--which isn't that hard to do once you have a normal case load) you are free to work from home after court appearances. I never had a vacation/time-off request denied. The dress code, assuming you're not in court or meeting a client, is business casual--but closer to casual that business. While this is a minor consideration for some, I very much appreciated it. The Firm also sponsors team lunches, outings, sports events, and holiday parties. It's fair to say that at least once a month in the White Plains office, the firm provided lunch for the entire office. What's more--the office would stay together to share the meal rather than taking their food back to their desks. Furthermore, the supporting staff are friendly and pleasant to work with. I've made friends with many of them and still stay in touch despite no longer working at HRRV. All in all, HRRV is the place to work if you are willing to invest in yourself. I would comment on salary, but it's based on experience. I was happy with my salary given I was fresh out of law school.

    Cons

    For an associate with two years experience, I have no cons to mention. However, make sure you are honest with your Partners about your workload and your ability to manage it. If you say nothing, you may be stuck with too much or too little to do. Just be honest with them. They are not looking to crush you with work, but they don't want you twiddling your thumbs either.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Office services"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Services in Mineola, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros to this place

    Cons

    Stay away from this company they do not know how to run a law firm. High turnover; Rude LI partner who not only talks to you like you’re 5 years old but will also belittle you in front of others. They hire people who do not have a shred of experience.. When you hand your resignation they will increase your workload ten fold LI partner then completely cuts you off and ignores you unless it’s to blame you for HER mistakes. Since I’ve been there we have only ever had 3 company meetings and two of those were for them to tell us how bad we were doing at our jobs. They often post fake reviews to try to counterbalance the negative reviews.

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  7. Helpful (8)

    "Mineola - Non-Equity Ptr"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mineola, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Parking on premises. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    The non-equity ptr. of the LI office cannot be trusted. She is constantly sharing closed door meetings and PARTNER meeting details with support staff and subordinate Associates. This behavior is despicable. She has many negative things to say about the Partner of the LI office but puts on a good act when in the same room with her. She is constantly giving secretaries and paralegals a hard time and making their days difficult due to her tardy behavior. Closed door meetings are closed for a reason! For PRIVACY! Furthermore, PARTNER meeting details (inclusive of salary increases, bonuses, etc.) amongst many other things should never be shared outside of those doors, much less with support staff.

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  8. "Great place to gain experience!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Great place to gain meaningful experience. Support to help you understand the legal landscape and what is required of a full time attorney.

    Cons

    I don't have any.

  9. Helpful (8)

    "Worst firm on the planet. DO NOT WORK HERE AND AVOID AT ALL COSTS."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New Hyde Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There r none. Your scheduled day will end at 5pm if you dont actually like having a lunch break.

    Cons

    Horrific management/partners. No communication unless your being talked down to or yelled at for something that is out of your control.

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Paralegal"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code and the ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    The salary is at the lowest they can possibly offer. They would rather pay you and entry level salary that would have been appropriate 20 years ago. The files are a mess and two of the partners are micromanaging and overly hostile. The female partner in the New York office plays favoritism to those who stroke her ego and she can be very unprofessional. They make unrealistic expectations but never commend or recognize any of the hard work that goes into the every day tasks of managing their caseloads. Morale is extremely low. In short, don’t do it to yourself.

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