Advice to law firm management: The firm needs to "get with the times" in certain ways - some ways of doing things that have stuck around out of tradition don't make sense any more. More emphasis on telecommuting and other changes could make resource utilization more efficient, and some of these freed-up resources could be distributed to everyone accordingly.
Pros: Relatively interesting work. Decent emphasis on work-life balance. Most individuals were friendly and pleasant to work with. Had some of the kinds of advantages you might expect from a typical small/niche firm.
Cons: Benefits were expensive and otherwise below-average. Pay was only OK. Some elements of corporate culture just seemed too conservative or stuck in the past. This was a bit ironic, considering it's a smaller firm, but it seemed like several people were possibly causing this.
Advice to law firm management: The HR staff should be taking all complaints seriously. When that happens, the morale and attitudes will be better and no one will feel the need to make connections and back stab each other in order to have someone important listen to them and their complaints. This shouldn't be an issue if everyone didn't have a high school mentality.
Pros: In this firm, the people here all get along really well and work in a very professional setting. Everyone is friendly and willing to help with workloads, which is a huge asset. Along with the workloads, the hours I work are flexible and based on how much you are willing to work (hours and billing) which gives me a perfect work/balance life. Turnover here isn't bad; a lot of coworkers have been here for years.
Cons: The environment is fantastic on the surface, but below that is where we have all the problems. Although the firm is friendly and professional, politicking is a huge factor here. There are times when someone will go behind someone's back and accuse an action happened, when it didn't. The personalities here are kind, but the motives are always questioned. I feel like there isn't any trust here. Along with this, most complaints aren't dealt with in HR. The lawyers are also very quick tempered which causes a lot of stress for everyone.