Advice to law firm management: Sack the whole lot of department heads in higher and promote based on merit. Stop micromanaging, stop manipulating and controlling every decision of your teams.
Pros: Strong admin staff and associates
Cons: Management at the firm in all departments is toxic, controlling, greedy and poisonous. The level of hostility and aggression is unparalleled. Attempts to funnel advantage to themselves will lead to constant frustration and client detriment.
Partners to Avoid and Why: Too many to name here but the worst of the lot are at the top
Favorite Things About this Firm: Nice office space
Advice to law firm management: Appoint a CEO that will with the firm with merit and can stand up to the department heads.
Pros: It’s a struggle to find positive attributes. In the interest of being positive their office space is a tractive and much of the staff and attorneys are pleasant and hard-working.
Cons: The department heads micromanage every aspect of the practice of law using fear and intimidation and underhandedness to support justification for maximum pay to them without actually having a book of business. Associates with hours above goal are passes over at bonus time and shareholders are walked to the door with no notice or client transition to make sure department heads are fully paid. The firm is hemorrhaging cash. Truly the worst firm ever.
Partners to Avoid and Why: It’s a long list
Favorite Things About this Firm: Office location and views
Advice to law firm management: I would like to see us take on larger more lucrative cases and expand. We are growing in the right direction but feel like we have to take on some really big cases to build on our image and grow.
Pros: This firm is home to many great attorneys that I would also consider family at this point in time. Everyone is very helpful and my secretary always goes well out of his way to help me whenever I need something. The pay is great and there is always more than enough overtime to go around if you want it.
Cons: The headquarters is pretty far from me, but that is not the firms fault! I feel as though the office could use an expansion to accommodate the new staff members and attorneys we just hired.
Advice to law firm management: If you want to work for a big law firm this could be the firm for you. Management really does need to look into raising their compensation package, however.
Pros: Polsinelli is a huge firm, but they manage to keep the culture and work environment pretty low key. I've noticed that leadership treats everyone with respect and this has fostered a very collaborative and inclusive environment.
Cons: The pay package I accepted wasn't that great, and the benefits need work. I had assumed that such a large law firm would offer a compensation package that was more competitive, but I guess I was wrong.
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