Hughes Hubbard

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Hughes Hubbard Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compared to other top tier law firms in New York, people here are very nice and you are always treated with respect. Commitment to pro-bono work is notable, as is the amount of encouragement given to paralegals (there was a regular series of lunches where attorneys presented on topics such as "should I go to law school" and "how to succeed at law school.")

    Cons

    Depending on what team you're on and the business cycle that month, your billable hours per-week hours can be either very onerous or so few that you are bored/not making any OT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, maybe put an effort on spreading out OT to all paralegals fairly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Missing the mark

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great talent, comfortable offices, interesting work

    Cons

    no formalized training for incoming associates on client development skills and business development; survival of the fittest mentality, favoritism , people are made partners and then demoted;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide equal opportunity for career development to all associates;

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Litigation Paralegal focusing on bankruptcy litigation, claims review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hughes Hubbard

    Pros

    Hourly rate plus overtime pay and dinner compsnsation

    Cons

    Billing hourly; long hours; menial work

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  5.  

    Paralegal Outlook

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work with associates and partners directly
    -Learn a lot from you teammate
    -Workload is pretty decent, you will have your busy days and your slower days depending on which team you are put on.

    Cons

    -Communication with the Hiring Attorney was not the best, he would only check in when an associate needed help or if something was wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Educational but exhausting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Salary/ Lots of opportunities for overtime/ Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Too much overtime (in the office till 2am multiple days in a row. Pressure to have as much overtime as possible. No room for advancement (this is not a career paralegal position)

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Miami, FL

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good overtime pay, year-end bonus a plus and very formidable working schedule

    Cons

    annual salary increase is quite low in comparison with other top firms in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Typical large firm experience. But in this market, if you get an offer, oyou will take it and know you are lucky.

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

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious, good training as a young attorney. Not too stuffy.

    Cons

    Good training to be a mid-level associate. No training or career development beyond that. Most attorneys can only hope to be "of counsel" some day - only a handful will be kept around for even that.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    As good a firm as any to be a paralegal

    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Fair Overtime. While the base pay for paras starts at $40,000 a year (which some have complained about), many make significantly more in overtime. The overtime rules are fair and there are good perks for an entry level position such as this (free dinner on seamless if you stay past a certain hour, free towncar home if you stay past another certain hour, etc)
    -Access to attorneys. You were very closely with high ranking associates & partners. However, many of them won't really see you as a person. BUT there are some great attorneys there and if you happen to be working for them you can make great connections.

    Cons

    -The majority of the work paras get is important (meaning critical for a case) but also very tedious. This isn't really a con for HHR though but rather about the paralegal job in general. If you are paired up with case team that's open and you do your job well, you can have the chance to work on some really interesting and substantive stuff. However, it really is luck of the draw as some attorney won't give paralegals a lot of responsibility.

    The most important thing to know about this job is that everything (quality of life, hours and therefore pay, responsibilities, everything) depends on what case you get staffed on and who the attorneys are on that case. Some are amazing, some aren't. Some just want you to file away data, some will really get you involved in the team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the love of God, Pizza Night should not be segregated into attorneys and non-attorneys. We get it, they matter and we don't. But come on.

  10.  

    NY Litigation Paralegal Experience Will Depend on Your Cases and Teams

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    • 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 Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hughes hires their litigation paralegals right out of college (with the expectation that they will go to law school after one year). They hire for specific case needs, so often you will work for just one major client along with some smaller clients or pro-bono cases. The litigation paralegal work ranges from preparing binders to actually drafting motions - it's all dependent on which clients you're working for and what teams you're on. Some paralegals are mostly doing para-administrative tasks which can be boring, while others are more involved in the research and data analysis components of cases. There are career paralegals in Hughes' satellite offices and a couple in New York, but most of the New York paralegals are recently graduated from college and considering law school. Compared to other firms, Hughes only requires a one year commitment from their paralegals. The management believes that this is the only way they can attract paralegals who are willing to put in long hours and deal with the oftentimes tedious work. Turnover of paralegals is therefore very high and the main hiring period is during June and July. However, since the recession and the bleak outlook of career prospects out of law school, some paralegals are beginning to stay longer. The managing partner likes to see an average of 150 billable hours a month. You are eligible for a 3% salary raise at the end of the year, although I've heard of people not getting this because their hours were not high enough. Overtime is time and a half, and it's very dependent on your case whether you'll be working a lot of overtime or not. Base salary is $40,000 with terrible benefits; my experience was that with overtime I made about $62,000. Hughes markets itself as having very friendly attorneys, but take this with a grain of salt in the current economic climate: the firm relies only few partners to bring in clients and most attorneys are worried about keeping their jobs, so they are generally too busy looking out for themselves to really mentor anyone.

    Cons

    No career advancement; free but poor tasting coffee; new financial management has forced the firm to become increasingly cheap; HR department is quite mean; hours are unpredictable; attorneys are paranoid and desperate to stay employed and sometimes very unfriendly; other paralegals can sometimes be clique-y

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Space out paralegal reviews more evenly: they all get rushed in June.

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

    Horrible law firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in New York, NY

    I worked at Hughes Hubbard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours are not as insane as some of the other big law firms

    Cons

    No one cares about your professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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