Dow Lohnes Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Vice President

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm has an open field and a level of autonomy, entrepreneurial Spirit and encourages individual lawyers to bring in business early in their careers.

    Cons

    Partners need to be thoroughly trained to deal with subordinate lawyers. Billing hours were not always readily available to a small percentage of associates.


  2. Sports PR Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Dow Lohnes as an intern

    Pros

    Decent exposure, the projects made sense and the team was flexible.Great resume builder and opportunity to learn. Appreciated the openness of the managers.

    Cons

    The office was very quiet and almost uncomfortable. A little stuffy for my taste. But in the end this is a law firm with a sports division so it makes sense.


  3. Legend

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    Former Employee - Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Lohnes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality people, high-end work, collegial family atmosphere

    Cons

    After 95 years, the firm failed to weather the storm.

    Advice to Management

    You will be missed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great substantive legal work; lacking everything else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Lohnes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Associates have significant responsibility and client interaction early in their careers. Partners and senior attorneys are all incredibly intelligent and good at what they do.

    Cons

    An old-fashioned face time firm; definitely not flex time or family friendly. Associates and paralegals are asked to cancel vacations, doctor appointments, etc. for minor projects. Minimal opportunities for business development.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Atlanta office is not a happy place

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work; excellent computer training programs; flexible hours; most of the attorneys are extremely intelligent and well organized; good paid time off plan.

    Cons

    Lack of communication among management and staff; human resources management plays favorites, lacks compassion and always takes the side of the attorneys without listening to staff side of story.

    Advice to Management

    The human resources managers in Atlanta need to be replaced. Their sole mission is to keep the attorneys happy even at the cost of losing valuable and experienced staff members. They do not want to hear your side of the story. They share confidential information with other staff members who have no need to know. The main HR department is D.C. is in the dark about how things are handled in Atlanta.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and partners are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation, lack of transparency in decision making, and seeming lack of long range plan.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Pay, Low Morale

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    interesting and challenging legal work--especially for DC

    Cons

    Partners are not sensitive to associate needs. Firm is focused mainly on compensation--particularly for partners. Associate salaries are high, but I would prefer better work-life balance over more salary. Firm only looks to promote associates who work crazy hours. Too many partners, so few prospects for advancement. No flexibility towards careers for women. Little interest in attracting diversity, so remains an old boys club. women.

    Advice to Management

    It's not all about the money. If you're not going to keep the majority of the associates that you bring in, make that clear from the top. Instead, train them well, make it a pleasant environment for them, and win their loyalty when they go on to do better things. Think hard about what you are doing to attract and reatin women, particularly those who want to have children.



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