Jones Day

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Jones Day Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
64 Reviews
3.4
64 Reviews
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Jones Day Managing Partner Stephen J. Brogan
Stephen J. Brogan
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • No egos - lots of great people at all levels (in 4 reviews)

  • There are a lot of good people at this firm (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • From what I saw, there didn't seem to be a great work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Granted, some of these problems are pretty common at any big law firm--Jones Day's environment at my office is just pretty depressing (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Jones Day full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Jones Day was without question the finest law firm I worked for. They promote excellence in everything they do, and the lawyers as a whole are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Staff attorneys are paid far less than an associate, and you do sometimes get the impression that staff attorneys are considered inferior to associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good firm but expect to work hard

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Jones Day full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, smart people, great clients.

    Cons

    Jones Day Nights and Weekends. That says it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much advice to give.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jones Day

    Pros

    There are some very talented and helpful people at this firm, at all levels. Having been mentored by great attorneys and given excellent opportunities at an early stage, I consider myself very fortunate. My advice would be to seek out these people (ask around!) and stick with them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are also some people who should not be at this firm. Some of my colleagues had the displeasure of working with people who were needlessly unprofessional. The good new(s) is that you can usually quickly identify (and hopefully avoid) these people.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship

    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Jones Day as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was relatively friendly, and helpful. The first day that the other interns and I started, we all went out for lunch together which was a nice way to be introduced to the team.

    Cons

    From what I saw, there didn't seem to be a great work-life balance. The atmosphere also seemed a little more on the boring side

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Jones Day

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Jones Day full-time

    Pros

    Hours are better than most other big law shops
    Face time is minimal

    Cons

    Not a very congenial place; can feel isolating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to feel part of a cohesive team; better comp.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Jones Day is good for a big firm, but big firms are no place to make a career.

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

    I worked at Jones Day full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good. The Dallas office gave the same pay as NY or DC or LA, but cost of living is half of those places.

    Cons

    "Client service" is the only thing that mattered. The business model of any large firm is to churn through associates who don't know much and kick out people who are productive prior to them making partner so you don't lose your share of the loot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Of all big law firms: create a counsel track that makes sense. Clients will be happier with lower overall fees and counsel that can tap out after 1,500 hours and make less money will prefer the quality of life. Having been in-house for 5 years, I now know that very few partners are worth their salt anyways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not What It Used To Be

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Jones Day full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The lawyers and staff are great people to work with. Everyone pretty much gets along and has been there for a long time. Even though people are treated badly, they want to ride out their employment until retirement because they know what a great office this used to be. We tend to meet every client deadline provided it can be done durng normal business hours.

    Cons

    Over the last 10 years many benefits and perks have been taken away. Upper management does not know what they are doing and they pretty much don't care about anything but themselves. They get raises but staff is always told that they are being "capped" due to the fact that their salaries have reached the max. There a few people who work with upper management that are nothing but drama and troublemakers. These few love to start rumors and throw others "under the bus". Servicing lawyers is not a priority any more and that is where they lose their credibility with most employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate your overall strategy and reward those who deserve it. A minimum amount of employees are happy but management doesn't care. Worst OA and Personnel Department in the history of the Firm!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jones Day

    Pros

    No egos - lots of great people at all levels. The culture is definitely set to helping fellow attorneys. great mentoring. Lots of responsibility early on. Very flexible with working from home.

    Cons

    If you're good, you're going to be buried with work. The lack of year end bonus can be disheartening, though it seems to all equal out by the end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care not to burn out your brightest stars. Additional perks such as subsidized gym memberships or other items could go a long way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very exciting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jones Day part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    people were very nice to me

    Cons

    boss were not very nice to me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing a good job please

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience, decent partners, sub-market pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jones Day

    Pros

    Associates get a lot of experience early on in most groups. Training depends on the partners you work for, some are hands-off, some are micro-managing, and there are extremes of each.

    Cons

    Pay is not at or above market for high performers, despite what JD says to the contrary. Firm states that its lack of a bonus policy is made up by market salary increases that take into consideration the fact that the firm does not pay bonuses. This is not the case.

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Outside of Jones Day offices located at 12265 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA
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