DLA Piper Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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DLA Piper Global Co-CEOs Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
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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
  • Difficult work life balance at times (in 4 reviews)

  • It's a law firm and the attorneys/partners know who brings in the big bucks (in 4 reviews)

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  1. sr technical support specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of new technology all of the time.

    Cons

    no growth for smaller offices

    Advice to Management

    Have same career plans used by associates


  2. Senior Marketing Position

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Marketing department is unorganized. Does not have it together. Unpleasant environment at times. No room for advancement.


  3. Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    DLA is a great company that isnt going anywhere any time soon.The San Diego office was is really nice!

    Cons

    Working in the Marketing department was not the funnest environment. There was no room for advancement.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    excellent staff and attorneys, high quality of work, beautiful offices, and the management team really cares about your growth

    Cons

    long hours, but that is to be expected in this field

    Advice to Management

    snacks


  6. Changing with times

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Supervisor in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large company with great benefits

    Cons

    Too far away from home

    Advice to Management

    Going through major changes in Accounting


  7. Helpful (1)

    Hard work but worth it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at DLA Piper

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great management - Intelligent lawyers - Great drive to succeed

    Cons

    - Long hours but that is common in big law - The bonuses need to be better


  8. Helpful (3)

    Firm politics can be very overwhelming

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

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    DLA Piper offers great training and learning opportunities for its associates; large pay raises and bonuses when you meet the 2000 billable hour requirement.

    Cons

    Given the enormous size of the firm, you can quickly get lost in the firm politics if you do not have a supportive partner/sponsor. The old-boys network is still alive and well at the firm. Diversity and retention of diverse attorneys is lacking.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not a good experience

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    Current Employee - Client Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Development in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at DLA Piper (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I wish I hade more to say...,the pros include a great salary, An environment of intelligent people, interesting experiences with role and a well known brand in the legal space.

    Cons

    The cons are terribly imbalanced to the pros and make for a very stressful work place having nothing to do with the actual work product which includes an extremely toxic environment where top levels clearly don't see eye to eye and it impacts everyone below, very poor management and ridiculous politics beyond that to be expected at a law firm.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire C-level and management that have managerial skills and the ability to work with people


  10. Helpful (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

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Fair

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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



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