Haynes and Boone

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Haynes and Boone Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
18 Reviews
3.3
18 Reviews
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Haynes and Boone Managing Partner Terry W. Conner
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  1.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone

    Pros

    Extremely friendly people and professional environment.

    Cons

    The office location could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst position ever!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Haynes and Boone full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee and sodas and sometimes monthly birthday celebrations

    Cons

    They don't encourage growth
    Communication skills on the part of attorneys are none - they expect you to read their minds
    They disrespect the staff and expect you to be happy since you have a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more positive work environment is needed. Appreciate the staff they are what run your firm and pay for parking! Help your people to be able to do good work by helping them to get to work. Or increase the salaries to account for parking.

  3.  

    Lots of Potential and Disappointment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding technical knowledge. Generally nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor treatment of support staff. Administration has absolutely no idea what the job functions are of the positions they supervise. Supervision is not accomplished in a positive manner, but rather through intimidation and reprimands in the presence of peers. Some offices have experienced a large turnover of personnel that include attorneys, technical and support staff. Overtime is discouraged, but the work is expected to be completed on time and up to standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the issues and the staff affecting poor morale. Supervisors need to be reviewed, retrained or removed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Attorney

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    I worked at Haynes and Boone full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best part of the job was the attorneys I worked with. The ones that were my direct bosses were amazing. I got lots of opportunities from them to get first hand trial experience and get to know clients and the art of practicing law. Those bosses to this day - 14 years later have been some of the best in my career.

    Cons

    Cons are that the way it was has changed. A number of great partners have left and support staff does not feel appreciated (and it is obvious they are not appreciated - rarely got raises - always squeezed). The wrong people were left to lead large groups rather than choosing good managers to lead large groups. That led to a lot of dysfunction in the groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick good managers to lead - not partners who just don't have enough billable work so you fill their time with firm management activities to justify their salaries. Go back to more hands on training for attorneys and be willing to be flexible with rates for younger attorneys so they get good experiences. And don't hold it against associates when the billable work they do is not high dollar billable work. If the firm is going to judge this then don't agree to take low billable hour work in the first place. Associates cannot turn down work from a partner and rarely know what hourly agreement is with the client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of energy and positive people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career growth opportunity is there for those who work hard, work smart, work cooperatively and have a desire to produce an excellent result for the client.

    Cons

    Not everything nor every part of the organization is perfect, however management will listen to new ideas and make changes to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist those who fear changes that will improve the Firm's competitive position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best BigLaw cultures around.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work with highly-successful and collegial colleagues. Opportunity to work on a cross-section practice. Staying late is not the norm.

    Cons

    At the end of the day it's still BigLaw and with that comes typical BigLaw problems. As a newer firm, there's less institutional clients, so one must be entrepreneurial when working there both internally and externally.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not The Best Leadership...... Well No Real Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone

    Pros

    The majority of the staff, both lawyers and non-lawyers, are relatively easy to work with.

    Cons

    They do not recognize good staff. They tend to listen to and promote the less intelligent. This is especially in the accounting area. They recently got an excellent professional resource in accounting. This is new. She is the best I have seen since I have been here. Many others agree. The whole environment had a positive change. I hear she is leaving. This is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should listen. This firm has really gone down lately. This used to be what I would consider a great place to work. People, no matter who, were treated like people. It is sad to say but our "HUMAN" resources department really needs some training. The head of the department has no people skills. That is not good for HR. The managing partners have zero business sense as with most attorneys. And they do not listen. This is why you should have a finance team you respect enough to listen to them. At the same time you need a finance team who is confident enough in their talent to speak up and tell you when something does not make good sense. That is not the case. Very few of them could go somewhere else and be in a leadership role. The leadership likes "yes men."

    The leadership should do a really good exit interview with employees leaving the firm. They should use the feedback to improve the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No upward mobility or growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits and okay pay. Nice area of town. They do offer skills training for free.

    Cons

    No opportunites to move up unless you're an attorney, and even some of them leave. Staff treated without respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First of all, notice that morale is not high and steady declining. You need to actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience - Summer Associate

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Haynes and Boone as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Transparent leadership, real work, plenty of fun.I thought the experience was very satisfying, they do a good job to keep SAs busy.

    Cons

    Hot. But aside from weather... some practice groups are a bit more advanced in age, so there wasn't always the personality mesh one would hope for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle of the Road

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone as an intern

    Pros

    They offer a good base salary for the cost of living in Dallas. They work-life balance is better than you would expect at most large law firms.

    Cons

    The Haynes & Boone name does not carry a lot of weight outside of Dallas or maybe Texas the way a Vinson & Elkins or a Baker Botts will.

    No opinion of CEO

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