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Growing Boston firm with much potential

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Current Employee - Case Assistant  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Case Assistant in Boston, MA

I have been working at Goodwin Procter

Pros

Fantastic people/culture with a good balance between work and personal time. There is also a vibrant social life in the office which is greatly facilitated by the lack of snooty and otherwise holier-than-thou attorneys which can be fairly commonplace in large corporate firms. The Real Estate practice is very highly regarded and the firm is expanding at an extraordinary pace.

Cons

It's Boston so the compensation levels are not the same as New York and the extent to which you're likely to pick up huge multinational clients with complex legal needs, while possible, is substantially decreased. This is offset, however, by smaller startups from the BioTech and Life Science mecca of Cambridge if you are interested in that area of law.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep it up. The expansion and branding initiatives have been a big boost to employees.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Goodwin Procter

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away....

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    Former Employee - Former IT Employee
    Former Employee - Former IT Employee

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good talented, caring people on the administrative side

    Cons

    Every individual is disposable. No regard for longetivity. Easy to pass the buck mentality. No communication and no direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ineffective and basically bad management within several areas led to "reduction" in jobs for many productve, caring individuals. It is difficult to ascertain how a firm of this standing allows inexperienced, low producing managers to dismiss others but they are still gainfully employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Too many insular, underexposed senior administrators from Boston

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great brand, great marketing organization, really really down-to-earth lawyers with common sense and commercial sense, very open-minded, technical leaders in cutting-edge VC, PE, tech, e-commerce practices. Run circles around their competitors in Silicon Valley, for example.

    Cons

    Functional heads of HR, Recruitment, IT, Payroll, Services, Training, etc are suspicious, narrow 'old guard' Bostonians who lack basic people skills, know nothing about operating within a global law firm or managing daily to a market-leading level inclusive of a global footprint and mixed cultures. They personally, steadfastly stifle all and any changes, ideas or improvements that they don't comprehend or that don't involve Boston (which is most) and that would advance the firm to next level. It is really holding Goodwin back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think globally and demand that your functional administrators do - and CAN.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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