McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

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McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Almost perfect

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton full-time

    Pros

    Biggest and most prestigious law firm in New Hampshire, so associates get the most interesting cases in the state. Colleagues are friendly, and there is very little separation between associates and directors. You get lots of solid experience and responsibility early on.

    Cons

    Hard to balance work and life. McLane competes with the largest firms in Boston in Court (and wins) but does not compete when it comes to associate salaries.

    Advice to Management

    McLane has always attracted the brightest and best in NH, if you want to continue doing so in Mass., you have to increase salaries.


  2. Great people, interesting work,community leader

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adsociate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Adsociate in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, collaborative environment, committed to ongoing development of attorneys and professionals. Great attorney lunches and retreats. Smart partners who are genuinely interested to working with associates to achieve best outcomes for clients

    Cons

    Being a lawyer is tough work anywhere. Need to track hours with an annual billable goal of 1750. Hard to get a job here as they only hire the best

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on developing the next generation for the long term sustainability of the firm


  3. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work; fair compensation and benefits; nice people; leading and well-respected law firm

    Cons

    hard to maintain a work-life balance, but that's true of any law firm


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  5. Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McLane offers good compensation, benefits, bonuses. The culture is strong and continues to improve. There has been a real effort in the area of technology which leads to continued training opportunities.

    Cons

    I would like to see more workplace flexibility, but based on the nature of the industry I understand the firm's situation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in technology, training and staff.


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    Demoralizing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Concord, NH
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Concord, NH

    I worked at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Comfortable offices. Paid parking. Ample vacation time. The location is convenient to lunch-time shopping and errands.

    Cons

    Heavy-handed management style and no flexibility. Co-workers in satellite office in Concord were cruel and juvenile in their treatment of other staff.

    Advice to Management

    You can be nice people and still be a top-notch firm. Very few people are happy there. You can offer decent salaries, but one can take the unkindness and unfairness for so long before realizing that putting up with it just isn't worth it. Neighboring firms may pay less, but it's worth it to not feel sick every time you go to work.


  7. Get in, get the experience and then get out

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    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The office is in a good location in downtown Manchester and the firm provides parking in a local city lot. Good place to come in as a first year associate, get the experience and get the McLane name on the resume.

    Cons

    The firm pays NH wages but expects you to work Boston hours. Secretaries and paralegals are given better benefits than associates. The line between associates and partners is continually reminded to you and is something you would expect out of a 1960s law firm.

    Advice to Management

    The firm should pay 3rd and 4th year associates more than first year associates. Why are secretaries in the pension plan but not associates?


  8. Average law firm

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH

    Pros

    Chance to work on cases right away--associates are not assigned to years fo memo research and writing

    Cons

    Pay is low based on the stature of the firm within the state

    Advice to Management

    Be more innovative in managment style and provide better carreer development and support for associates


  9. Could Be Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    fair compensation for NH based law firm interesting cases good firm resources, including copy department and library decent IT equipment and support generous food and drink provided at firm meetings, etc. nice offices friendly coworkers

    Cons

    a large city presence is desired but pay is still NH based and they expect long hours communication by directors is sometimes awful no hourly credit match for pro bono work first several years are spent researching with little file management or court room experience phasing in of mid level directors to top management - many of them are not good managers, and are mostly concerned only with their own bottom line department/floors are silo in operation work is assigned per issue; often no long term follow through on files favoritism - same associates get assigned the good billable cases while others struggle some directors have big egos and can be difficult to work with

    Advice to Management

    move into the 21st century with respect to work life balance, and use of technology to assist with a balance don’t take advantage of and be more respectful of colleagues treat colleagues fairly. don’t talk behind their backs - tell them directly your gripes so there is room for improvement



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