Miller Canfield Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Great Firm to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership and mentorship program. The firm offers a lot of opportunity to cross train in other groups and provides professional development opportunities. They are investing in the long term goals of developing highly qualified attorneys rather than chewing up associates before casting them aside and looking for new work horses.

    Cons

    I love my job. five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty word minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. Legal Secretary

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Miller Canfield full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly, I couldn't find one.

    Cons

    I agree with the last review. Horrible place to work, not training , very bad environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Close the branch in Chicago or be more careful choosing your team.


  3. Helpful (1)

    No central oversight over group managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Miller Canfield full-time

    Pros

    Some groups are much better than others. The firm attracts qualified and nice associates, but many of them leave. There are new efforts and programs to retain employees and reach out to alumni. A good summer program for law school students. The current CEO seems much better.

    Cons

    Virtually no oversight over group leaders. Very little to no training in certain groups. Group management is more interested in spreading fear than motivating employees. Some partners take credit for associates' clients and put their names on publications written by others. Many partners seem just miserable and unhappy to be alive, which is not very inspiring. Some groups are very sexist (have few or 0 female partners, especially with children). There is some serious hypocrisy and cynicism in group management (lectures about morality from partners, who take credit for others’ work). A firm’s culture and morale depends on the people. Miller Canfield does have some great people, but there is simply too much autonomy given to a few bad leaders.

    Advice to Management

    There should be better oversight of group leaders, and more training for associates. Partners should be expected to train associates, instead of taking all the work and expecting associates to learn on their own. A polite and open culture should be encouraged. If you treat associates with respect, they will reciprocate (most of them at least), if you treat them as nuisance, they will leave. Nobody should be miserable at their job. What is the point of that?


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  5. Paralegal at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone for 21 years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I received varied, challenging work in various areas with helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    There was a lot of people with no work to do. A massive corporate downsizing occurred which made most people to scramble for temp jobs.

    Advice to Management

    This company needed to be more modern and offer more training to employees.


  6. Poor structure

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Miller Canfield full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long-standing organization, many excellent and well-respected attorneys

    Cons

    Old-school law firm culture that valued time spent over efficiency and expertise. Poor structure.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a more progressive structure, flat-rate billing, and more comprehensive review structure.


  7. Bad Corporate Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Miller Canfield full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Company cares little for anyone who is not an attorney.

    Advice to Management

    All employees are important in creating overall success.


  8. Not bad but better off in-house

    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Miller Canfield full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High-stakes opportunities early on, positive support staff

    Cons

    Little guidance, competitive colleagues, low salaries for expectations set

    Advice to Management

    Need to adapt better to change


  9. Helpful (1)

    Up to this point in my life, this was the best 8 years in professional career when I was a paralegal.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal, 8th-Year in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Paralegal, 8th-Year in Troy, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Coworkers, exellent benefits, professional work environment, and opportunities for growth and education in other areas of the law if you had the desire to explore and learn. Also, if you worked hard and showed dedication, you were rewarded with excellent bonuses. Of all of the law firms I have worked at, this firm by far has the best bonuses I have ever received. The bonuses were not based on length of employment but based on your actual work product, which I believe is the fairest bonus system a company could adopt.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of one.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and I hope that the firm is ran the same way it was when I left it to move to Florida in 2008.


  10. Excellent Law Firm with remarkable people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Plenty of Attorney's / Staff here are easy to work with. In this firm you find everyone is hard working and has the "team" atmosphere.

    Cons

    When you work in the Law Firm environment you always work with a few difficult attorney's who wait till the last minute, demand the impossible and have no real concern for their co-workers. You find these people in every firm, but they were few & far between in my experiences here.

    Advice to Management

    Beware office gossip that can spread like a cancer within any firm. People can often be replaced but too often it's the wrong person.


  11. I love working at this firm. The people are simply the Best of any firm.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Miller Canfield full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the people are genuine and supportive. There is a team spirit attitude at the firm.

    Cons

    I can't say anything negative about this firm



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