McKenna Long & Aldridge

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McKenna Long & Aldridge Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
22 Reviews
3.6
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best law firm I have ever worked for in my entire life!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time

    Pros

    They take EXCELLENT care of their employees! From the constant bonuses, salary raises, employee appreciation events and etc., they make sure that their people feel loved and appreciated, which in turn results in everyone coming to work and actually wanting to work hard!

    Cons

    Could be a bit more diverse, but hopefully that will be incorporated into the future!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the employee appreciation and incentive programs, they really do make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked as a paralegal.

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, good benefits, good facilities

    Cons

    Personalities of some decision makers, lack of vertical opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Records Clerk

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    Former Employee - Records Clerk
    Former Employee - Records Clerk

    I worked at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional staff and management. The break room was very nice as it was fully stocked. A great place to begin a career in the legal field.

    Cons

    Pay increases were not the best and there were some office politics in play. As with any large law firm some of the attorneys were nice and friendly while others felt that the support staff was below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a place for ambitious, motivated people that are really interested in learning about the legal field.

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    Current Employee - Secretary
    Current Employee - Secretary

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice place to work, physically and I have all of the technology that I need to do my job efficiently.

    Cons

    For someone that is ambitious, wants to learn about the legal field and does not wish to just make copies, correct other people's work and only do menial, administrative tasks, this is not the place for you. My experience has been of supporting more than actually learning about the field, and supporting as the means to the end of my "career".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average Big Law Firm

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

    I worked at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Up to date technology, not a billable hour sweatshop, good people.

    Cons

    Stealth lay offs, certain practice groups really hurting, managements long term plan unclear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Law Firm I've Worked For

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staff at this firm is appreciated and treated with respect by the vast majority of attorneys. I have worked here for several years and have always been treated well. The firm likes to promote from within so paralegals can sometimes move into other jobs within the firm if they show interest and skill.

    Cons

    Decisions made at the uppper levels of management do not always take into account the effects on staff's ability to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should seek input from staff when making decisions that will impact the tools they need to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Many good people as law firms go, but management's long term plan is unclear.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge

    Pros

    There are many really great people at McKenna. As law firms go, the atmosphere is far more collegial than you might expect. There are many senior attorneys who are interested in mentoring younger attorneys. It also does not have a sweatshop mentality in terms of billable hours.

    Cons

    While not necessarily unique to McKenna, there are internal obstacles to cross-practice cooperation, mostly the result of small-minded territoriality of individual partners. Following the failed merger with Dentons, it is unclear what senior management's long term strategy is for the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is significant room for improvement in communication with stakeholders.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, low jerk factor

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities, interesting work, and the resources to get it done. Senior leadership is top flight. International expansion puts the firm on solid footing and it is one of the rare firms that has managed mergers effectively.

    Cons

    Lawyers don't consider other professionals quite as good as they are, but they are less obnoxious here than at other law firms. The pace and the people are demanding, but they hold themselves to high standards as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management are among the best people I've ever worked with--ethical, smart, balanced. Generally, the firm takes fair positions on compensation and other rewards.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good experience - culture of loyalty and unity

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great firm, collaborative culture with a united feel

    Cons

    Law firms are difficult, partners do not always agree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better listen to business support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff

    I have been working at McKenna Long & Aldridge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Opportunities for advancement
    -Great benefits
    -smart colleagues
    -The professional development trainings that have been offered are usually really good

    Cons

    -internal communications
    -upper management seems to forget about staff sometimes
    -some offices get many more perks than others
    -Not enough internal training/professional development
    -salaries are lower than the industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that big changes to the firm affect everyone-and we all want to know what's going on. The staff typically gets big news from the media first, which can make feeling valued or appreciated tough.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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