McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

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  1.  

    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

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Demoralizing

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Concord, NH
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Concord, NH

    I worked at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  3.  

    Average law firm

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5.  

    Could Be Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend

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