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Hogan & Hartson Chairman; Co-Director, Corporate, Securities and Finance Practice Group J. Warren Gorrell Jr.
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  1. Good firm

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hogan & Hartson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, benefits (including) Subsidized cafeteria, encourage movement within departments.

    Cons

    Raises aren't great and small annual bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Bonuses to Exempt level employees


  2. Undeserved Elitist Attitude

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counsel
    Former Employee - Counsel
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hogan & Hartson full-time

    Pros

    Nice DC office location. Quite a bit of true cross-selling across practice groups and offices.

    Cons

    Just about everything else fell short..

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with prospective hires and laterals. You are not the firm you were 20 - or even 10 - years ago. For example, don't pretend to value "work-life" balance and then fail to promote or reward those who pursue alternative work arrangements.


  3. Typical BigLaw firm, nothing better but nothing worse

    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Hogan & Hartson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stellar national reputation, helps gain future jobs because it looks great on your resume. If you end up with the right partner or group you can get great work. And obviously the money is great while you can last there.

    Cons

    Hogan is what you make of it, but even more so, your luck when you get there. It's a typical soulless BigLaw firm where you are expected to make your hours and if you don't (even if it's through no fault of your own, i.e. if your group loses work and the partners you work for don't look out for you) you may get kicked to the curb. My own personal experience was that I consistently billed great hours for 4 years, got great bonuses and terrific reviews; and then one year when my hours dipped significantly because my group's work dried up suddenly there were dings on my performance and I was told I needed to find work elsewhere. Even though all the partners essentially told me that it was out of their hands, etc. Advice to young associates: take it if you can, but try to aggressively network within the firm and forge relationships with as many people as you can, to hedge your bets so that if your group's work dries up you aren't left holding the bag and looking for a job. I ended up in a much better place so it all worked out in the end, but don't believe what the Chairman tells you that Hogan is a different place where they look after their employees--because it's no different than any of their competitors. Before the Lovells merger it may have been like that, but not anymore.


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  5. It was okay...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice building my supervisor was great

    Cons

    hiring freeze like no other basically falling apart from the inside out

    Advice to Management

    get it together!


  6. An overall good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They care about their employees.

    Cons

    not everyone is as nice as the majority, and those who aren't as nice often wield more power.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate those who alienate others


  7. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial culture, opportunity for exciting, challenging work.

    Cons

    It is a large place but gives one an opportunity to work with people in different offices.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on effective communication with the associates.


  8. Very good firm to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conflicts Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Conflicts Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. 3 weeks paid time off to start, 4 weeks after 2 years. Great co-workers. Excellent location in downtown DC. The support staff is very diverse. The firm has a free happy hour every friday and annual events for support staff including a support staff appreciation day, annual picnic, annual Christmas party, etc. In my department, there was a lot of opportunity to increase your salary by working overtime (time and a half).

    Cons

    Pay is lower than most comparable firms in the area for my job. The supervisors/managers receive very little management training. Communication and training within my department was poor. There was not very much room for growth in my department.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  9. F&A at Hogan & Hartson

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Payroll Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Payroll Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The jobs are stable. The benefits are good. The staff employees are good people

    Cons

    The management in Finance and Administration make it a hostile work environment

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the staff. Don't believe everything you hear from your managers - see for yourself


  10. recent attorney

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible billing tracks permit work-life balance Informal culture, gen. open partners

    Cons

    Which partners associates fall into working with has a much greater impact on your propsects for advancement than the associate's individual merit or quality of work

    Advice to Management

    More fairness in distributing deals to associates in CS&F. current system is too informal, excessively relies on relationships of associates/partners.



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