Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

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Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Challenging, interesting work; collegial environment; good compensation; flexibility.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  2. Sweat Shop

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

    I worked at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Mid-level attorneys are given the opportunity to work on a lot of sophisticated work from many large national and international clients.

    Cons

    Management neither recognizes the volume of work it places on mild-level associates, nor does it seem to care if the attorneys are overworked and/or suffering from work related stress. In a nutshell, if you choose to work here work life balance is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    To be more successful in retaining quality talent, management must support mid-level attorneys more and be aware of the real potential for burn out.


  3. Stay away from Atlanta office

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good office location in midtown

    Cons

    Morale is LOW. Turnover is high. Salary is not competitive given the high-stress environment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not bad for a big firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable hours considering that Ballard is a big firm with a big salary. People are down-to-earth for the most part and there aren't many egos like other big firms may have.

    Cons

    Depending on which partners you work with, you will likely be expected to be available 24/7 and ready to pick up an assignment at the drop of a hat, regardless of your current workload.


  6. Great Law Firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work environment in which to work

    Cons

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


  7. 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


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

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    It's a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed working with my collegues ... BUT

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

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation were good.

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Experience at Ballard Spahr

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

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.



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