Bingham McCutchen

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Bingham McCutchen Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
38 Reviews

2.9
38 Reviews
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Bingham McCutchen Chairman Jay S. Zimmerman
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  1.  

    nice and quiet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people there nice company

    Cons

    great people there nice company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Firm

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

    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
  3.  

    Sophisticated, intense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5.  

    Good people, some management issues

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

    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
  6.  

    Don't Believe Their 'Hype'

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

    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
  7.  

    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

    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
  8.  

    Was a Best Place to Work

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

    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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    Fast pace firm.

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Costa Mesa, CA

    Pros

    Constant training on all programs for all updates.

    Cons

    No Hands on training, taught by show and tell. Learned by trial and error.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good firm, good culture

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great firm culture -- open door policies throughout office, lots of freedom to work on matters that interest you, excellent support staff. Also very supportive of pro bono work.

    Cons

    Law firms are law firms... prepare to eat sh*t at any level. Also not a huge diversity of clients and practice areas.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people! Amazing office! Treated like a respected attorney, even as a Summer Associate!

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great people, great work, fun environment, great work/life balance!

    Cons

    Diversity is lagging and needs more initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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