DLA Piper Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
63 Reviews
3.6
63 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Emphasis on pro bono and community service is genuine and encouraged (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible scheduling; positive environment; good management; excellent benefits, which in certain instances are extended to PT employees (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is pretty rough, some of the higher-ups are arrogant (in 4 reviews)

  • There are no cons for this law firm (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexibility, staff, pay, management, perks

    Cons

    the commute was the only con

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lot of fun.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with lots of support and teamwork.
    They look after their employees.

    Cons

    The home office is in Baltimore!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No corporate or cohesive culture but worked with good attorneys

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

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The attorneys who worked in my office were good attorneys and very nice people. Had all the legal support (paralegals, word processing support, legal assistants) befitting a large law firm.

    Cons

    No cohesive corporate culture. Split personalities from office to office with no sense of the larger whole. Felt as though my particular office was totally on its own. No connection to any other office, either in the US or across the globe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pare down what the law firm is trying to be or do. Doesn't matter if there are offices all over the world if there is no real sense of connection from place to place.

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

    Overall...good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay; excellent benefits; In-office happy hours; free coffee; free parking

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very good experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DLA Piper part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling; positive environment; good management; excellent benefits, which in certain instances are extended to PT employees. Very forward-thinking.

    Cons

    Somewhat peculiar structure of IT and accounting departments; outsourcing of billing probably not a good idea. Taking advantage of tech advancements is good; losing good people is not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary about inappropriate belt-tightening. Insufficient support regarding attorney billing could be disastrous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere. Some attorneys that are not stuck on themselves are a joy.

    Cons

    Flexibility is offered to some but unfortunately it is not the norm. Many of the staff have worked there so long that they are oblivious to what corporate has to offer. You slotted and that's where you stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not have personal conversations with staff about other staff members. Better employees are a result of flexibility with schedule. The attorneys are willing, but HR is not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, solid. Provides great career growth opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality of work and the ability to take significant roles early in your career.

    Cons

    Non-attorney staff decisions seem to be made centrally, largely without the input of the attorneys they support.

    Not great at management or motivation of people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Large law firm life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work, lots of contact with overseas offices (depending on practice group) market-level compensation.

    Cons

    Long hours, working with colleagues from other offices can be 'hit or miss'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efforts around 2010 to freeze associate salaries backfired and led to a an exodus of some top associate talent. Those that remained had low morale and felt expendable. Despite later efforts to realign with the market, employee satisfaction was slow to recover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good benefits, friendly people.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this law firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue as you have keeping top notch employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aside from senior leadership, its a collection of quality individuals.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice offices, decent benefits and pay...especially in smaller markets. Strong Professional Development, solid staff, and decent colleagues.

    Cons

    Senior leadership (mutli-headed CEOs and COO/BB) does not care about anything other than their own careers, ego and bank accounts. Firm is too large to right the ship, which empowers them even more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None...the problem is in charge, they are accountable to no one and BB is their henchman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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