Arnold & Porter Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Arnold & Porter Managing Partner, Firmwide Richard M. Alexander
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  1. Great environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold & Porter

    Pros

    Takes care of employees, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Same as all law firms, squeezing more out of less people.

    Approves of CEO
  2. Do not work there.

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff

    I worked at Arnold & Porter

    Pros

    Co-workers are very nice and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Hostile and untrustworthy. Staff is depressed and feels helpless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to do the right thing. Do what is right. Quit being sneaky.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Horrible. Do not work there.

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    Former Employee - Project Specialist/Staff Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Project Specialist/Staff Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The staff. The IT Group. Location is ok. Bathrooms have running water and toilets that flush.

    Cons

    Horrible partner. Cant keep a secretary. Firm is not honest. If you work there, make sure to have a support group. It is not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One rotten egg, no matter how big, can spoil the meal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. DO NOT WORK AT THIS COMPANY

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    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at Arnold & Porter

    Pros

    The pay is ok, but not that great.

    Cons

    Managers not trustworthy, pay distribution is not equal. They recently laid off a whole of bunch employees. You have attorneys and senior staff who get well paid while the lower level do not get anything. The staff management serious egos. A very elitist firm. No opportunities for professional development. Upper management is staff side largely female and white. They preach diversity, but it isn't really that diverse. The African Americans and Asian Americans hold the lower paying jobs, while the Caucasians are more offered promotions and salary increases. They will hire minorities, but will not promote them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating people like humans. Check your ego at the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Family-type atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary IV in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary IV in Washington, DC

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally nice people and very friendly, family type atmosphere esp. if you have tenure. Great benefits!

    Cons

    The new secretarial structure...not everyone has strong work ethics so workload was lopsided.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great environment for prospective paralegals

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    Former Intern - Summer Legal Document Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Summer Legal Document Clerk in Washington, DC

    I worked at Arnold & Porter as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Almost familial atmosphere. As a summer intern, I never felt like I was in a hostile workplace.

    Cons

    Personally, I had a bit of a slow start in terms of "finding my place" and day-to-day logistics, but this was merely a result of when I joined the Legal Assistance team (I showed up at an odd time in the typical Summer cycle.)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Excellent Colleagues

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Arnold & Porter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As other reviewers have said, the people -- by and large fantastic colleagues -- make the firm.

    Cons

    Not much concern about associate development. You really must be proactive to develop your own skill set.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good place to start legal career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold & Porter

    Pros

    If you get the right partner to work for, you can gain a lot of experience.

    Cons

    Don't believe the hype on best place to work for a mother. Once you tell them you are pregnant, you are on the mommy track and no longer get good assignments and might be shown the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what made A&P great under Sandman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Arnold & Porter is a good law firm to work for

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great co-workers. Excellent work environment.

    Cons

    There is no upward mobility. What ever job you are hired for is the job you will keep the whole time you work at A&P.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great firm. One small issue.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Opportunities to advance and learn. Fantastic benefits and perks (weekly pizza parties, happy hours, firm-wide social events). Great location.

    Cons

    When I accepted the position I was told I would have the opportunity to focus on a specialty of interest. That turned out not to be the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the opportunities that you advertise in interviews prior to hiring a candidate are available once the candidate accepts the position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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