Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

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Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Law Firm

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

    I worked at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment in which to work

    Cons

    None to really speak of except the usual issues at law firms.

    Recommends
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    Friendly Staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between office administrators and staff

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    Ballard fosters an environment where learning and growth flourish. Freindly and supportive employees and attorneys

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Internal promotion and training abound. Friendly staff and the attorneys and paralegals are great mentors

    Cons

    There always seems to be leftover treats in the kitchen from one function or another - you will easily gain 10 lbs or more if you aren't careful!

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    None. I think they are doing a great job - I really enjoy working here!

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time

    Pros

    The pros are that you can get away with doing very little because no one cares.

    Cons

    Benefits are terrible. No Paternity leave is offered for staff. There is a huge disconnect between departments and no one seems to care. Office moral is LOW LOW LOW. It's depressing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show up. Pay attention. Try to care or at least pretend to care.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed working with my collegues ... BUT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation were good.

    Cons

    Department Moral was extremely low & negative. Management was poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience at Ballard Spahr

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people in the firm. Really does feel like a big family. Great group of people.

    Cons

    Minimum guidance in work for fee-earners.

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work. National firm with 14 locations, diverse poplulation, varied types of legal representation.

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator  in  Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quality work with individuals who maintain high standards and excellent work ethic. If you are motivated and express your desire for additional challenges and stimulating work this is recognized and appreciated.

    Cons

    Additional skill training and advancement is limited for non- attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the feedback of the rank and file and not just the attorneys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    My experience was great in the beginning but conflicted at the end. The firm was in transition from the recent merger.

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The promise of better systems and benefits after the merger.

    Cons

    The cons I truly do not hold against Ballard Spahr. The previous owners I do not feel presented a fair assessment to Ballard Spahr. I have heard that over the course of 3-5 years Ballard recognized some of the problem children and honestly these were season veterans and took control of those areas and eliminated some of those from the roster or took control and monitored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that some of those persons were only following the protocols set in place and being administered by N& R's upper management. Also without establishing certain process systems much of the work processed by N&R Legal Assistants in IP in many other groups are processed by paralegals. We also hated those low workstations designed by the previous HR /firm manager. It is not a design that promotes productivity or makes an assistant feel like a professional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice but boring

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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time

    Pros

    Team approach, Laid back attitude makes for a less stressful environment, Initial training is very good and most partners treat staff and associates with respect. Depending on what group you work with - most partners are extremely approachable and fair.

    Cons

    A few bad lawyers bring down morale of department, on the job training after orientation is nonexistent, raises are not great when you get them, and there is no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of going on multiple company retreats give your administrative staff raises. Also, don't let a few bad partners ruin your reputation of being a great place to work. Promote staff rather than hiring from the outside. Management always protects its own rather than helping staff.

    Recommends
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fast-paced organization from top to bottom.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Can be exciting.
    -Perks to working for successful law firm.

    Cons

    -Working in the administrative department for attorneys can be very frustrating. They can be very demanding and stubborn people.
    -Every attorney is your boss. On top of the managers you have in your department, you technically have 500 bosses who are attorneys.
    -Won't gain much useful professional experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -To the administrative departments: Don't bow down to the whim of every attorneys. They are not always right, and it could be better for them in the long run if you operate your department for quality's sake rather than out of fear of their power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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