Greenberg Traurig

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Greenberg Traurig Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
53 Reviews
3.0
53 Reviews
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Greenberg Traurig President Mathew B Gorson
Mathew B Gorson
8 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities, great people, if you're willing to put in the work you will be rewarded (in 3 reviews)

  • They have some excellent lawyers there and some pretty well-known ones (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is good if you happen to work with good attorneys, which I do (in 3 reviews)

  • All attorneys are also tagged with an incredibly high overhead (close to (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Finest Firm with which I am Familiar.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Attorney in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Attorney in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Greenberg Traurig full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent, exciting, direct casework; Outstanding national training; Honestly wonderful colleagues. Associates that complain have either found a truly heavenly firm (e.g., all but perfect) or have not worked at another firm... IMHO.

    Cons

    No office in my home town, to which I had to move under penalty of my wife (i.e., her wants or the job).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Welcome those back who left under circumstances messy at the time, but since fixed and ready to continue where they quit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Entrepreneurial for Partners, Ok for Associates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig

    Pros

    Partners (or Shareholders, in GT lingo) are very bottom line focused - their compensation is very much based on revenues collected from their clients. If you keep this in mind, you will have a very good understanding of what goes on there. Unlike most big firms, therefore, facetime is considerably less important, office politics is a minor annoyance, and just being a big talker won't get you far.

    Cons

    Associates are not allowed to bring in business, and are at the mercy of the partners. Although true of most firms, it is difficult to get credit for hours worked when the billing partners routinely write them off to satisfy penny pinching clients.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hard workers who are creative strategists are welcome here!

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    Current Employee - Department Head
    Current Employee - Department Head

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture of creative ideas, recognition for those ideas, administrative dept heads are terrific people, a place that, if it's for you, will be the last job you ever hold

    Cons

    High health care costs, experiences may vary in individual offices due to varieties of office managers note: Matt Gorson has never been CEO. It is R. Rosenbaum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess local office managers carefully. Contribute more to health care for family coverage, work on consistent job titles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    5star

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Miami, FL

    I worked at Greenberg Traurig full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is the best place to work if the 'legal life' is your first love. If you don't plan on this being your career, then you will not be happy.period.
    Lot's of opportunity is available for sincere hard working individuals.

    Cons

    Firms family oriented culture is/has changed...not good for the regular/hourly paid staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    I was an experienced legal executive assistant/secretary to a partner and an associate.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenberg Traurig

    Pros

    I liked the workplace environment. I was brought up to work hard so my work ethic blended well with their culture there. They had a decent pay structure and good benefits. They had good supporting staff that helped out when asked.

    Cons

    I ended up working too much overtime so they assumed I'd always be there late all the time. They need to allow/give more vacation time/time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is on the same team. I'm all for a good hard day's work. It's nice to get paid well for it. Earning more vacation time is important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Torture!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig as a contractor

    Pros

    Big fat zero, unless uou are one of the business director's sycophants!

    Cons

    Hard work, no bonuses or raises...asked to give up raise so shareholders could get their huge bonuses, rudeness and defiance rewarded while loyalty and commitment ignored. COMPLETE nepotism. If you are not a shareholder who can bring in serious clients with money, don't even bother.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely overhaul all "managers"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great Job security.

    Cons

    Don't have any at this time.

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

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere and nice environment

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run .... no, really ... RUN

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    I worked at Greenberg Traurig full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you look hard enough you'll find some smart and nice lawyers. The staff is generally pretty nice. They are awesome at spinning a story about how great the platform is - and why everyone else who left (with their crazy high turnover) wasn't able to take advantage of the awesome platform (as they spin it). If Jack is your ethics hero, then you'll love it.

    Cons

    I was a counsel at GT for over 5 years. I believed the sales job they did on how great the platform was and how collegial it was. It didn't take long for the horror of my mistake to kick in. Like others, I ran into a culture of very sharp elbows. Their platform was certainly not any better in terms of getting business than my prior platform - in fact it tended to be more of a negative because the reputation for quality and ethics was terrible. There are three levels of shareholder; the lowest level SH and counsel are a far cry from the highest.. The low level SH and counsel end up being paid about 15-20% of their collections. It would not be unusual to collect over $1M on origination and be paid less than an associate. All attorneys are also tagged with an incredibly high overhead (close to $300k per year) while not actually getting any resources for that money. Some of the staff indicate that the attorneys have it good and they don't; well I would say it is probably top shareholders that have it well, lower tier shareholders, counsel and associates do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Come in to learn and then leave. No opportunities for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenberg Traurig

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn what you can.

    Cons

    The office culture is challenging and difficult to understand. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is negative. Lack of communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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