Foley & Lardner

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Foley & Lardner Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
51 Reviews
3.4
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It offered a good work life balance for those seeking to juggle multiple commitments (in 4 reviews)

  • Amazing boss, great benefits and good atmosphere (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low morale within the firm due to the many layoffs (in 3 reviews)

  • attorneys who also found this group to be the most negative group of unhappy people (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Foley is great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Personal growth opportunities, great benefits, excellent helpful colleagues, fun energetic and fair office leadership, mostly kind attorneys, challenging work, beautiful office, free food all the time and so much more.

    Cons

    People are negative about dumb things. If only they knew how most companies are, they'd appreciate everything Foley offers. I guess you find these type of people in every office, but they are what hurts this office most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the negative people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Legal Assistant/Secretary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant/Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant/Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Software training and IT support

    Cons

    Management in San Francisco office is unstable - 4 Office Managing Partners and 4 Office Administrators during my tenure, A definite tendency to play favorites. The attorney IS ALWAYS right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give staff a reason to want to come to work and play nicely with management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture and cases

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team work. The firm brings interesting cases and has good clients. The coordination across offices is impressive. The culture of the organization is really wonderful and very midwestern.

    Cons

    Long hours. Large firms like Foley ask their people to work hard, dedicate themselves to the clients, and do excellent work. This puts tough demands on their people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the long hours, it is hard to balance the demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok for BigLaw

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive people, lower billables than other large law firms, great support staff, casework is interesting generally though you may not get as huge of clients, good work life balance for a law firm

    Cons

    Lower salary than other large law firms, it's still a big law firm and you are will required to work long sometimes inconsistent or unexpected hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attorney turnover is high at all big law firms, what are you doing differently to make Foley a place that young attorneys want to stay at for life?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    In all honesty, NY Office needs 100% restructuring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only Pro is the fact that they have a headquarters office in Milwaukee.

    Cons

    Rules do not apply to all Assistants (unfairness)
    Very low morale
    No ethics in Assistants department (some Assistants, not all)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher management who are ABOVE all of the lower management across ALL offices should somehow take control, regulate and take a closer look at exactly what is going on, especially in the NY Office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Trying...sort of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Foley is trying to make the firm a great place to work. I've seen improvements in the last couple of years. There is still work to be done.

    Cons

    Most managers here are great. Mine is not. I have tried talking to HR and my boss's boss but my concerns have not been heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening when an employee gives feedback about their manager. How many people have to leave under the same manager for you to realize that something is wrong?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    More easy-going environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner

    Pros

    - People are nice to each other
    - Opportunity to try new things
    - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Budgets are small
    - Employee morale within the different offices varies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work - no complaints

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance. Attorneys are great.

    Cons

    Large firm - attorneys do alot of the work that paralegals should be doing,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The worst place I have worked in my career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foley & Lardner (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is not one pro. If I said office location, I wouldn't be divulging the mold issue in the offices which effected everyone including visitors who arrived and asked if we had mold issues.

    Cons

    It begins with highly inadequate management. Dysfunctional attorneys and staff which migrated from Annis Mitchell before the split of 50 attorneys who also found this group to be the most negative group of unhappy people. Was told in interview that turnover was an issue, but shockingly understated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no need for 2 managers in HR. There is a need for 1 highly effective one to stand up to the lazy 20+ year staff on board. Unbelievable negative office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attorneys are great. Nice variety of work and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    HR and upper management is unprofessional. They appear to be one way but looks are so deceiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should worry less about who might take an extra bagel and worry more about the example they set when they talk about staff. Attorneys need to stop letting HR think they own the firm -- they work for you remember?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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