Alston & Bird

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Alston & Bird Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alston & Bird (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at every level

    Cons

    None really other than the normal issues associated with practicing law

  2.  

    decent pay horrible coworkers

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alston & Bird

    Pros

    decent pay but thats about it

    Cons

    if your not a lawyer you'll be treated like

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    best law firm I've ever worked at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most law firms have management on patrol. They walk the halls checking to see if you've changed into your work shoes after getting into the office or whether you're up to dress code. Forget about casual Friday there. At A&B, they care about you and the quality of the work you do. Are the clients happy? Are the attorneys who are paid by the clients happy? Are you happy? Yes, well let's get back to work. It's refreshing. Sure, there are company outings, parties, etc., but it's the day-to-day freedom to do your job, and the resources provided to do it well, that make it a great place to work. The firm provides great benefits, and it's nice knowing that if you need anything, you have it. Work life balance is great for secretaries and I rarely stay late.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get your foot in the door here because there aren't many job openings. I submitted my resume several times before finally getting an interview with the help of a friend who works there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's awesome that we have birthday cake every month to celebrate, but could we get the cake at CostCo? Their frosting rocks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Still a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Partner in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for families. Great compensation for the Atlanta market. The firm values collegiality and is comprised of a great group of lawyers who are also great people.

    Cons

    Like all law firms, it is becoming more focused on the bottom line. The legal market as a whole is experiencing challenges which are changing the practice of law.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A&B was cool.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and the culture is so awesome. Everyone was like a family.

    Cons

    New director came in and basically tore our team apart. Eventually I learned she went back to her old firm not too long after everyone on our team left the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with employees about duties. Different managers communicate different expectations. Set goals for employees and rate performances on the goals identified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Project Attorney

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alston & Bird as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for document review, little supervision, interesting cases

    Cons

    no room for growth, advancement

  8.  

    Great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alston & Bird

    Pros

    Generally a great culture, and a lot of great people to work with. Offices are beautiful and they strive to take care of their people.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of opportunities for internal advancement for non-attorneys. And they also allow some terrible managers to stay at the firm longer than they should.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    people,work-life balance and career opportunities

    Cons

    Stressful schedule around the holidays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Better than most firms I've worked at. Certainly more diverse.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alston & Bird as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere. Interesting collection of fringe benefits. Compensation is at or above market rate.

    Cons

    Can be a little cold to project attorneys.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work... for a law firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Better than other firms I've worked for, but still law firm employment is rarely fun.

    Cons

    Real life vacation and bonus policies don't live up to their written policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more true to the firm's stated values and less like every other legal employer. It works for our other offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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