Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

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Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
19 Reviews
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    Challenging, interesting work; collegial environment; good compensation; flexibility.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Many of the practices here do interesting and challenging work - not just rote, repetitive work. Associates are expected to contribute to business development efforts, and are encouraged to make a real contribution to a professional organization and or the community - they respect your out-of-the-firm efforts. That being said, you are expected to hit your hours; contribute to the firm community; and do something interesting out in the world in a professional organization, bar organization, or charity. They very strongly support pro bono - the wife of the firm chairman is the pro bono director. They also are trying to be more diverse. NOTE: different offices have different cultures.

    Cons

    Promotion to partner from within is very slow. They are reluctant to pay for bar memberships if you are not really active. Justifications for networking conferences - conferences where your clients gather - without proof of business generated is getting harder and harder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment in which to work

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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 (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!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 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
    Negative Outlook
  7. 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
  8. 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 (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
    Positive Outlook
  9. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice but boring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Neutral Outlook

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