DLA Piper
3.3 of 5 54 reviews
www.dlapiper.com Baltimore, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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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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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Emphasis on pro bono and community service is genuine and encouraged"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Progressive, great benefits, salaries"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "There are no cons for this law firm"
    in 4 reviews
  • "The people with the best skills get all the work and the long hours, but not necessarily the higher pay"
    in 3 reviews
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    Overall, solid. Provides great career growth opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNon-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Large law firm life

    Associate Attorney (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEfforts 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work!

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

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

    ConsFlexibility 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementNone...the problem is in charge, they are accountable to no one and BB is their henchman.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work.

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat place to work. Good benefits, friendly people.

    ConsThere are no cons for this law firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue as you have keeping top notch employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    As good as a huge law firm can get

    Attorney (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsThe firm cares about its personnel, and it shows in almost everything it does. Benefits are excellent. Emphasis on pro bono and community service is genuine and encouraged.

    ConsIt's Big Business, on a global scale. Lean (but not quite mean), with a tight budget, getting tighter every day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider 360 performance reviews. IT training for administrative staff should be beefed up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than average compared to other LARGE law firms

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsProgressive, great benefits, salaries. Chicago's culture relatively collegial.

    ConsChicago office administrative team reflects city's "segregated" culture. Firm's focus on growing over the years, has allowed certain directors/managers to abuse some policies: hours, subtle employee harassment

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversity among management staff and lawyers needs improving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfied with my time here.

    Legal Secretary (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe Staff works well together to support each other during demanding times.

    ConsManagement moves staff around like pawns and does not nurture team work between staff and attorneys. They are also focused on growth in international markets before strengthening the US market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA support staff that feels valued and a part of a team only makes an attorney looks better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSmall firm with a friendly environment

    ConsSometimes too small. politics can overshadow performance

    Advice to Senior Managementstay the course, but tone down the importance of politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of propoganda

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are great and mostly helpful.

    ConsManagement money driven do not care about employees. Use fear tactics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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