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Updated Mar 12, 2014

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    Better than most law firms

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsFrom an associate perspective, the workplace environment is better than most firms. Inherently, law firms demand a lot of hours, attention, and perfection, the profoundly higher necessity for demonstrable competency than a lot of careers.

    Pros: Work culture is a lot like close friends in which work-life balance is genuinely acknowledged and efforts made to work around life events, as best as attorneys can do.

    Entrepreneurial work environment with support and mentoring found mostly informally. From an associate perspective, I can say the firm seems well managed financially, which is not always the case when it comes to attorneys running a business.

    For the most part, client relationships are strong and respectable. You want to help your client and look forward to their next transaction and how it plays out in their overall business objectives.

    Loads of woman partners and a clear interest on the part of the firm in women leadership. There could be more minority leaders - but this is an industry problem. A note on all partners generally: the workplace does not promote hierarchy. This is a huge plus for law firms in my opinion as one can feel free to walk into most attorney's offices to have a frank and beneficial discussion on the issues an attorney discovers in the course of his or her work. From my observations and own experience, many of these colleagues will become your friends.

    Perhaps as a result of a non-hierarchical environment, camaraderie is high at this firm by comparison.

    ConsCons: Your typical law firm cons -- long hours during closings, trials, and busy seasons; a few law firm attorney egos; ramping-up months where you must find your core team to get your steady stream of work.

    This is a Texas based firm. As an associate you will generally be representing loyal, local clients, not various worldwide clients one might find in an international or national firm. However, the clients are large enough and a fair number are not native Texan making international transactions and cases, and interaction with international personalities, still a possibility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical for a staffmember of a big law firm

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)

    ProsNice facilities and excellent initial training on software; good tech support; nice "you're appreciated" party for the staff once a year at Halloween with prizes and catered lunch; secretary's week is pretty neat with group lunch/food items and $25 gift card from a department store; flexible time off with good desk cover so you don't come back to an overload.

    ConsBonuses stink big time -- first year is $300 (really?!!) and it increases $300 per year of service thereafter up to one paycheck's amount whereupon it is then capped; some (a lot?) of the attorneys are very arrogant and condescending (very typical large law firm environment), but on the other hand a lot are really nice people and every respectful. It's the bad apples that sour the whole bunch in this case.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive better (bigger) bonuses to your staff so everyone will be happier and more productive.

     

    Must socialize with immediate co-workers

    Cleical (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsEasy job, low pressure, training provided.

    ConsMust be accepted by long term co-workers

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't enage in gossip, if the job is getting done that's all that matters.

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    Knowledgable firm but the Partners are Wholly in it for themselves.

    Senior Counsel (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsMostly great people to work with. Good knowledge base to draw upon.

    ConsThe saying is "Uncle Jack will take care of himself." That attitude that partners will look out for themselves at the expense of everyone else runs through the entire firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow where your bread is buttered. You make money through the hard work of others. Look after the non-equity partners better and the firm will make even more. Be less selfish.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work. Not your typical law firm environment (i.e. the cutthroat mentality).

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsFriendly atmosphere and good pay. Most of the time the attorneys are flexible with someone needing time off. Stays up with technology.

    ConsRather than addressing problems (mistakes) directly with someone, the attorneys generally will just stop using that person. Makes for alot of dead weight as well as burdening others who have more experience or know the problems/mistakes to avoid.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, horrible benefits compared to other lawfirms

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGreat people who know what they are doing (well most of them)

    ConsThe benefits are not there. The raises and bonus'es are below what they should be. The 401k and healhcare programs are a joke.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I have been satisfied with a job to coast but not excel.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWont over work you, not a lot of office politics to deal with, at least in IT. Morale boosting events are common and they seem to care for their employees.

    ConsUpper management has no idea what they are doing. They appear to come up with continuously bad ideas and expect everyone to stroke their egos.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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