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The American Lawyer surveyed 5,638 mid-level associates to find out what they really think of their firms. All the firms were ranked on a 5-point scale.
We picked out the bottom 10.
We then headed over to Glassdoor to see what associates have to say about these law firms.
Pro: 'Interesting and challenging legal work--especially for DC.'
Con: 'Partners are not sensitive to associate needs. Firm is focused mainly on compensation--particularly for partners. Associate salaries are high, but I would prefer better work-life balance over more salary.'
Pro: 'Kramer Levin is populated by exceptionally smart and hard-working attorneys, and as a result, they attract some of the most interesting kinds of cases and clientele.'
Con: 'To be blunt, there are individuals there who are very intelligent lawyers, but who have atrocious people/management skills. Some simply don't manage associates well, others are, basically, petty and mean-spirited bullies.'
Pro: 'Pay for associates is outstanding, the work may involve major, high profile matters, the firm's strong reputation.'
Con: 'Little or no opportunity of advancement to partner, even income partner, profitability is sub-par due to poor management, headquarters office is overstaffed and takes the best work away from other offices, vicious competitive atmosphere among partners.'
Pro: 'Good exposure to interesting deals, best of the best attorneys in class with top notch clients.'
Con: 'Low pay compared to other law firms. Health benefits are terrible as they are forcing employees to take on a larger portion of their health care plan costs.'
Pro: 'Linklaters is a top-ranked law firm, and you do have prestige if you work for them. The benefits and pay (including top-tier health insurance, excellent retirement plans, and noteworthy annual bonuses) are among the best you'll find at a law firm'
Con: 'While a corporate law firm naturally breeds a hierarchical system to a certain extent, not enough is done to ensure that staff and attorneys at lower levels are fairly and equally assigned work, leaving some attorneys and staff desperately swamped, and others literally twiddling their thumbs for days.'
Pro: 'The firm is involved in many sophisticated legal matters. SRZ's compensation matches the market, and it has market vacation time.'
Con: 'SRZ is an awful place to work. The partnership ranks are not open to internal talent. The firm fancies itself a Cravath lite, but nothing is further from the truth. The support staff is not helpful, and often incompetent. The partners routinely scream at associates and have a well deserved reputation for being among the worst to work for in NYC.'
Pro: 'For a large law firm, it is relatively informal and there is an ease of communication between attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, word processors and proofreaders.'
Con: 'Administration and human resources departments work in mysterious ways, perhaps in an effort to avoid confrontations. If someone makes a complaint about another employee's work, often the other employee is kept in the dark as to the source and specifics of the complaint, but is only informed in general terms. This makes it almost impossible to defend oneself in the case of false allegations or blame mistakenly placed on the wrong individual.'
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