Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2020

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5 Ratings
  1. "nice"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    nice office and location, some are friendly

    Cons

    depends on what group you work in

  2. "Overall, great firm to get substantive experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    Healthy volume of work, many opportunities to learn and grow your skillset. Attorneys expect a lot from their assistants, which is a good thing. The work was interesting and the NY office is beautiful. High energy environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes, attorneys would drop last minute deadlines on their assistants, which could have been avoided. Also there was sometimes a reliance on a select few employees to 'save the day' and manage all the workload. Too much cattiness between fellow assistants.


  3. "Good perks and some limitations"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is definitely a room to grow and I think it's a great job for an accountant. Steady hours, overtime only if you want to (yes, they do pay overtime). No working from home (which has its benefits), no checking emails after hours. No micromanaging - the supervisor will let you figure out things on your own, but also is there to help if you need help, which I think is the best way to learn. Overall, very friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    I would say the cons are more HR related. They are very strict about punctuality: come at 9:00 and leave at 5:00 - no earlier, no later. You have to take an hour lunch break at very specific time, which made sense but was also sometimes was inconvenient. However, all this wasn't bad and it was very easy to get to used to it.

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  4. "It’s exhausting & toxic & will make you physically ill & mentally burned out"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None when you have to deal with a toxic culture.

    Cons

    HR is not really there for the non-attorney employees. Senior partners are bullies & not at all approachable. There’s a lot of gossip & back stabbing. They choose young, immature, unprofessional, inexperienced attorneys to manage their smaller, satellite offices (i.e., a managing attorney who cannot make it through the day without benzodiazapams & alcohol, drinking in the office, backstabbing staff to other staff & discussing confidential personnel matters with office staff). They expect paralegals to work all hours, but they must punch in & out on time & work off hours without compensation, which is against the law! They know we’re working on our own time because they monitor all activities, including computer activity, so they cannot plead ignorance re: people working 12-14+ hour days & weekends without compensation.

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  5. "Coverage/Litigation"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time

    Pros

    Hands-on experience; Country-wide litigation; bagels on friday

    Cons

    No training/Billable requirement unattainable; critical management

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    "Great Firm, Poor Management"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Well established firm. Attorneys and Staff are very friendly. Nice size office space in downtown Manhattan. Benefits package is okay. Environment among lower staff is just like family. Work/Life balance is great.

    Cons

    Middle management needs training on managing. Salaries are on the low side for staff. Understaffed accounting department. Zero training provided from management. Its more of "here's an older version of what you need to do, now figure it out on your own".

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  7. "Cliquey...?"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A stepping stone to other more growth-oriented opportunities.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth, even after a number of years.

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  8. "CA office is the black sheep of the company"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were some great attorneys at the Calabasas location. It was a pretty easy going job. Sometimes you'd get swamped, but there were times when there really wasn't much to do.

    Cons

    The California office is the black sheep of the company. They very clearly care more about their East Coast offices. HR treats the support staff with less respect. The job was far to slow paced for me and there was no room to move up even if you asked.

  9. "Great starting place for staff."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - File Clerk in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smaller/smallest branch than the east coast offices, meant more experience / opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    As a result many understaffed positions and high work volume.

  10. "Attorney"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Calabasas Hills, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Low billable hours and no weekends.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, ineffective management and IT

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