Holland & Knight

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A fine firm, with fine people and real professional opportunity.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

Pros

Highly competent, cooperative, and effective attorneys. Work well across offices and practice areas. Tremendously deep bench (real experts in around 100 practice areas). Genuine commitment to pro bono services. Most find the requirements, evaluations, and pay to be at least reasonable, if not very good.

Cons

As with any big law firm these days, there are waves of reorganization every few years to cut build-ups of fat. But, sometimes a little skin gets cut with the discarded fat. That's sad, and the risk of it can sometimes be stressful. Still, far better than at competitor firms.

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Leadership has been very good but not perfect, yet nothing so bad or so needed that it should be aired publicly. The firm shares more useful info with associates than most or all its competitors. Still, the firm, like all big firms, could do more to educate junior associates about the business of law firm operation, so that they can better understand and buy even more into firm practices and policies.

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    Was better than average

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Boston, MA

    Pros

    HR had good interest in being fair to employees. Tried to be fair and accurate with expectations. Up to date with technology. Maintained and encouraged harassment and diversity policies. A comfortable place to work and provided ways for employees to expand knowledge base.

    Cons

    Previous reasonable workload now frustratingly overworked due to economy and expected greed. Presently, workers scared of losing jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and try to keep up moral.

    Recommends
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    A Great Firm for Associates

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    Pros

    Professional and collegial work environment; team-oriented culture among attorneys, including a generous willingness to share time and expertise often on short notice; close working relationships between partners and associates; true "no-assholes" policy (98% effective); associates have significant client contact and high levels of responsibility; work is typically interesting and challenging; substantial professional development opportunities and resources.

    Cons

    Outside the major markets, compensation has been below market and does not match the billing and collections expectations. Money is not the first priority for typical H&K attorneys. This fosters an outstanding culture but means that compensation doesn't keep pace with competing firms. Associate compensation also can be arbitrary because it is tied too closely to geography and billable hour production while giving little or no objective weight to originations and profitability. Associates in different offices doing the same work for the same clients and being billed at the same rates earn vastly different salaries depending on where they are located.

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    None

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