Advice to law firm management: I don't personally have a problem with an annual review that includes the salary discussion, but perhaps a second, slightly more informal pure performance review around the 6 month mark would help employees target their weaknesses.
Pros: Good opportunities to advance, every attorney I've dealt with across multiple practice groups has been willing to take time out of their day to help out. Hours aren't killer for being a relatively large practice. Clean and well-kept, mostly quiet with a few exceptions. Decent place to work overall.
Cons: Pay is commensurate with the low side of Boston market value for entry-level attorneys/support staff.
Partners to Avoid and Why: It's about half and half partner/associates (in terms of title, at least) and I've had no problems with either.
Favorite Things About this Firm: Location is VERY convenient (there's maybe 4 or 5 firms in Boston which are this close to public transportation) overall a good place to work.
Advice to law firm management: Start paying people what they are worth. The department heads and attorneys are paid well, but the support staff.
Pros: The HR Department is amazing, and will bend over backwards to help you if you are a good worker.
Cons: The Acct Dept/ Finance. Over works staff, little pay. They waits months to submit yearly reviews. The accounting/ finance department has clicks if you are not apart of the click you are left out.
Partners to Avoid and Why: The Partners are amazing. They are very professional and courteous, and are always willing to help when they can.
Favorite Things About this Firm: The flexibility and amazing support staff, perks and benefits. The firm shows it’s appreciation in other way as oppose to monitory gain.
Advice to law firm management: There needs to be a clearer and better format when it comes to an employee getting promoted at the firm. But it's a minor issue.
Pros: Partners here know how to keep associates happy. My fellow attorneys and I have good resources to do our jobs. They have good salaries that are competitive with other firms. The superiors also keep communication with subordinates.
Cons: The only flaw I can mention is that there tends to be few opportunities for advancement at the firm sometimes. But it's something that tends to change depending on the amount of trust an associate gains from some partners.