DLA Piper Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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DLA Piper Joint CEOs Sir Nigel Knowles and Lee I. Miller
Sir Nigel Knowles and Lee I. Miller
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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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  1. Fair

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    Former Employee - Senior Attprney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Attprney in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    smart people and progressive attitude. lots of perks and benefits. it is a respectable form that provides a lot of opportunitiesin the legal world

    Cons

    too many restrictions and billables. there are too many office politics prsent that really hinder the work life balance and make this place hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great lawyers- No culture or consistency

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    Current Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Support in New York, NY

    I have been working at DLA Piper

    Pros

    Smart lawyers who creatively engage and work hard for their clients. No slouches at DLA.

    Cons

    No consistent office by office culture. HR makes decisions that negatively affect staff, without first understanding wht it is the staff person does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great lawyers - HR is disconnected with the practice of law. Make decisions while consulting the lawyers simultaneously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. The Next Dewey or Bingham Firm?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Pros

    Firm is well positioned with little to no debt but at a great cost firm wide. Most managers care about their employees but hands are tied due to forced cost cutting measures. Top partners make ALOT of money. Too much to warrant their actual book of business or firm leadership skills. Many brilliant administrative leaders are not appreciated.

    Cons

    Cost cutting has ridiculously affected morale and trust. Most directors and managers fear firm leaders and job security. Firm has an incentive and compensation program that rewards for cutting costs, especially with reducing staff. Long time loyal and experienced managers are seen as an unneccesary expense rather than an asset. Many good people have left on their own. Those that remain hate their jobs. Most partners have little or no authority in firm decisions. Partners vote for new directives in fear of losing their jobs too. Very cutthroat environment. Some non-exempt staff are so politically protected that it undermines effective collaboration and forward thinking decision making, leading to greater dissatisfaction among lawyers and staff.

    Too many long term and expensive income guarantees for top and lateral partners. Sounds like Dewey or Bingham firms? Yes it does but firm leaders brain wash their administration and partners to believe otherwise. They will implode some day because of top greed.

    Loyalty has been gone for several years among lawyers and staff. Firm is now obvious and open with the have and have nots. Everyone knows who gets what they want and who has no power or influence. Hope you work for a have or you get nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for change. Just a matter of time for mass exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexibility, staff, pay, management, perks

    Cons

    the commute was the only con

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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 a 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
  7. Lot of fun.

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    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
  8. Overall...good experience

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    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
  9. Very good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DLA Piper part-time (more than a 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
  10. Overall, solid. Provides great career growth opportunities.

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    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
  11. Large law firm life

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    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 a 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

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