Bingham McCutchen

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Bingham McCutchen Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
44 Reviews
3.1
44 Reviews
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Bingham McCutchen Chairman Jay S. Zimmerman
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  1.  

    Good company but why the outsourcing?

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    Former Employee - Billing Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed and flexible culture. Attorneys, secretaries, and managers were very patient, understanding, and amicable. Overall it was a great place with great benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management dropped the ball moving jobs for the sake of "saving money." Frankly I don't understand why as the relationships built between the accounting section and attorney/secretary section was fantastic as it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the jobs back to Boston!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Counsel II

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen

    Pros

    Learned a lot; was a great opportunity; met a number of good, smart people

    Cons

    Some of the people I worked for were unbearable; it reflected poorly on the firm that they would continue to employ partners who repeatedly mistreated associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Firm that Could be Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong Attorneys and strong staff operating as a team

    Cons

    Late to making structural changes to deal with recession

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    nice and quiet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bingham McCutchen full-time

    Pros

    great people there nice company

    Cons

    great people there nice company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Firm

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

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are friendly and easy to work with. Lots of intellectual firepower and interesting work. It really is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Local office leadership and culture is great. Senior firm leadership needs to spend more time in the trenches with working attorneys and staff members. The firm has had a tough couple of years financially, but there are still a lot of great people there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sophisticated, intense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with really smart people and watching solutions to complex legal problems arise feels like you are really contributing to something that's making a difference in the world. My manager is fantastic, understanding , approachable, a human being and still ahead of the curve as far as our field goes.

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't exist, but that's big law. If you want to maintain a personal life, it's probably better to live within walking distance of the office so you don't also have commuting time taking away from your ability to work or sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider innovating ahead of the legal industry and making Bingham a destination firm for Millenials.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of Changes but it is good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bingham McCutchen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've learned so much since I started at Bingham. I love the people. Great team environment. I like my manager and what the group is working toward.

    Cons

    A lot of managers manage from their offices. I wouldn't know Jay if I tripped over him. Never met him and I've been here for over 2 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't Believe Their 'Hype'

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY

    I worked at Bingham McCutchen

    Pros

    Good Benefits but don't let them reel you in. Good general employee pool...but it's always a CYA stressful atmosphere. And these are the PROS. And to answer your question...No, I was not fired. The second star on the overal rating is for the compensation and benefits only.

    Cons

    They sell the firm/employment as Great place to work...one of the top 100, etc. That the firm cares about the employees....Total Hype. Their one of the top 100 because everyone below management level and even some of them work in constant fear of losing their jobs so they lie on the survey! The 'open' concept is purely a easier way for management to have more control and for 'big brother' to watch the employees. Partners and Management care about NO ONE except themselves and the dollars and perks THEY receive...the worker bee employees are dispensable...without cause, notice or respect. The firm is losing money and it isn't going to be the top dogs that take the hits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves and realize it's the core employee group that CYAes and keeps the company running. With every person you let go you lose experience, training, loyalty and respect in the industry and community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people, some management issues

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Bingham McCutchen full-time

    Pros

    The pros and cons are much like other big firms. Pros include good people, interesting work, good parental leave benefits, and a culture that generally does not tolerate jerks.

    Cons

    Management made some questionable decision in the past including stopping all associate training during the recession and refusing to negotiate billing rates when the market got more competitive. I'm optimistic that the new management is working to improve some of these issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Was a Best Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bingham McCutchen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For the remaining employees after the creation of the Global Service Center (GSC) in Lexington KY, I'm sure the firm remains a "best place to work". We made the Fortune list for many years running. The new people at the GSC have good energy.

    Cons

    After my job was transitioned to the GSC (a location with less expensive real estate and talent) my area in the HQ office has become a ghost town. It's very difficult being retained for a while only to watch all your peers disappear in batches. While the new GSC employees have good energy, they really lack the institutional knowledge and smooth running efficiency of the previous staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late now, but locating the GSC in Lexington MA would have been a lot better than locating it in Lexington KY. Now it's up to you to try to retain whatever critical skills remain. Tough transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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