Goodwin Procter

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Goodwin Procter Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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Goodwin Procter Chairman and Managing Partner Regina M. Pisa
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  1.  

    Great people, Strong work ethics

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

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, everyone is very welcoming and helps out if you ask
    "Small company" feel for a large firm

    Cons

    Long hours and little flexibility with time-off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the support staff who work hard to benefit the firm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Free food every other week
    Improvement in technology
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Pay is way below market
    Work assignments for paralegals is mediocre
    A lot of the attorneys are very lazy in performing simple tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider training attorneys to be computer literate. This is a major law firm, you should compensate your talent appropriately. There are a lot of good and talented people leaving the firm because they are not compensated well enough.

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

    Great People

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodwin Procter

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Enjoy the culture.

    Cons

    Not always respectful of employees personal time and time-off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

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  5.  

    Satisfied - good first job

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

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I started at Goodwin Procter in an entry-level position. I received great training and have gained useful knowledge. Comparable positions at other firms often end up being full of mundane paper pushing, but I've definitely received substantive work and responsibilities at Goodwin.

    Good culture. The people here are great. Partners and associates do not look down on support staff.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, as with most big law firms. Management has limited ability to help maintain reasonable workload for employees. First year associates seem to have poor/no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train associates better. The consequences of having poorly trained associates trickles down to support staff, making our jobs much more difficult.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter

    Pros

    Good benefits, upper management makes an effort to get honest feedback, great people (for the most part)

    Cons

    No work/life balance; the people take themselves very seriously; do not treat the admins and paralegals well.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People Good Times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The upper managment truly cares about everyone. People are genuine and caring. You do not need to walk around with armor to deflect the knives being thrown in your back.

    Cons

    Middle management is always changing and not for the better. For the most part you are treated as a responsible adult not a child who needs a scolding. Second and third chances are given for misdeeds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stop caring and sharing. Things are improving in the moral department because you care and listen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Goodwin is a great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Up-to-date technology and training department. Great benefits. Good people.

    Cons

    Washington, DC is an expensive city to be part of. Parking is expensive, but there is a good metro/subway and bus system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter

    Pros

    It's a job - if you can't find anything else, and if you like to work hard. Free pizza/candy on alternating Fridays.

    Cons

    Cold, unfriendly environment. H/R goes through the motions, but doesn't seriously consider hiring or promoting from within. Management doesn't listen to concerns. Over-worked with no form of recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The workshops are a waste of time. They might make you feel good, but can't say the same for myself. At least you're (seemingly) making an effort.

  10.  

    Could be better/could be worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Goodwin Procter has very good medical benefits - in fact, I don't believe I've ever had a better medical plan. The support departments are good - finance and records are outstanding. Onsite office services are adequate.

    Cons

    I noticed quite a bit of in-fighting among staff. The management tends to look the other way until there is a blow up. The management does have favorite attorneys and staff members. Perception is that if you are not a favorite, you have no protection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that local management treat the staff equally. Some favored staff members don't show up to work on time or take a lot of time off, with no perceivable ramifications. This causes problems for the staff members who are always on time, and always there. They are the ones that suffer by having to pick up the slack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    THEY OUTSOURCING EVERYTHING ! Massive laid off's, firing people, sneaky and ignorant company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodwin Procter

    Pros

    Location by T (that's about it). There's nothing good about this place. STAY AWAY - they suck !

    Cons

    Unstable Financial Books, Deteriorating offices, ignorant attorneys, OLD equipment, crappy HR.

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