Haynes and Boone Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Events Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Events Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Haynes and Boone full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is probably one of the best law firms you'll ever work for. The office manager treats you like a person. She listens to your concerns and will address them immediately! I love the open door policy.

    Cons

    Company has had some ups and downs but are recovering very well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing! It's working.


  2. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Haynes and Boone

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Market pay, professional development, networking opportunities,

    Cons

    political games; it seems a disproportionate number of attorneys who leave involuntarily are women and blacks

    Advice to Management

    Take care of associates


  3. Legal Secretary

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

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Location. Ease of entrance to and from office. Free sodas and fruit.

    Cons

    "Newer" offices but the work areas (pods) for the secretaries are very small which equates to NO privacy (3 secretaries to an area). No 'morale booster' events showing staff appreciation by the attorneys nor by management. There is very much a hierachy feel to this law firm. The firm appears to show very little desire to improve technology but tends to be heavily-staffed in recruiting and business development. There appears to be a high turnover throughout all segments of the firm. The bonus structure for staff has little to do with the contribution you make and your performance as it does to how long you've been there (tenure over merit).


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  5. You could do worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Haynes and Boone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people at Haynes and Boone are friendly, and the work-life balance is good for a big law firm. The firm's offices are top notch.

    Cons

    Quality of work is not always high. The firm has a reputation for taking any work- meaning you can get bogged down on projects that do little to enhance your skills. Dallas tends to run things for the satellite offices. Makes for an interesting dynamic.


  6. Great company to work for however my supervisor ruined my experience by making the job harder than what it was.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Haynes and Boone full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working relationship with all management and administration - they all expressed appreciation and were genuinely kind; compensation and benefits were comparable for the position

    Cons

    Unfortunately the one con was having to report to a supervisor who was threatened by my knowledge and abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Management should take more initiative in finding out what's going on between supervisor and employees. When 4 or 5 employees are having the same issues with the same supervisor, there must be some proof to the issues. This creates a hostile environment for the employees and diminishes morale.


  7. Overall pretty good experience.

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

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Career opportunities are pretty limited.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst position ever!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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.


  9. Awesome place to work!

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

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely friendly people and professional environment.

    Cons

    The office location could be better


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lots of Potential and Disappointment

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

    I have been working at Haynes and Boone full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Attorney

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

    I worked at Haynes and Boone full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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