Mintz Levin

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Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than Many for Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mintz Levin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staff is not micro-managed by management. GREAT benefits and very generous amount of PTO. Competitive (for the most part) salaries. Nice offices and Firm very accommodating to employees regarding ergonomics.

    Cons

    Commute too long for most living outside of NYC. Firm does not shut down during extreme weather events, so staff must take PTO if they cannot make it in because of dangerous travel conditions. Forced staff to take PTO when late due to traffic delays during commute (i.e. circumstances beyond employee's control).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting staff do a partial telecommute - especially during weather events.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer internship looks good on resume but is extremely boring experience with no value.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mintz Levin as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits of a Mintz internship are mainly cosmetic. It definitely looks good on your resume and you will have experience working in a large, central office with impressive people. Due to the diverse practice offerings you can spin it pretty well in future interviews. Everyone is nice and the hours are low (not allowed to work over 35 without permission) so you will have no problems with work/life balance. People will be friendly to you and will respect your presence in the office. If you need help, assistants are always happy to share knowledge. The managers of the intern program are very friendly and helpful and having an attorney mentor has the potential to be a good experience depending on your match. If you want a resume booster and are very passionate about law, the internship will suffice.

    Cons

    You pretty much do nothing in the internship. "Floating" interns simply fill in for assistants weekly and are immediately inundated with busywork - about 2/3 are in this category. Interns in specific departments get slightly more work, but no one truly expects you to have any real impact. This is not unjustified - the qualify of hires is fairly low as people come from average academic and professional backgrounds. One hire per year comes from high school - due to the lack of any required skills, they can do the work as well as anyone. Mintz clearly hires for administrative help - the low ($13/hr) pay supports this as well. Many interns are experiencing an office for the first time and have no real skills. If you have quantitative, business or analytical skills, they are are wasted. Prior experience is never considered and interns are basically cheap assistants for the summer. The fact that you are limited at 35 hours of work tells a lot, as does the fact that most interns work for approximately 20% of that and try to look busy for the rest. If you want to actually use your brain during the summer, make a difference or develop business skills, an internship at Mintz is not right for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, hire more qualified interns so the standard is higher. The interviews are far too simple and require no analytical component. It is a brief, low-level fit interview. No questions will challenge you. Hiring based off of enthusiasm results in unskilled interns. Unskilled interns produce low quality work, creating a culture where full-time employees do not respect interns. Those who are part of the program and want to actually contribute work are ignored - if you have had meaningful internship experience before, you will 100% be bored all summer. Interns could certainly contribute but have no opportunity to do so due to the existing structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Mintz Levin Response

    Jan 2, 2015HR Manager

    We are sorry to hear that you did not find your experience as a summer intern with us to be worthwhile, however, a number of our summer interns have in fact asked to return for subsequent summers and ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people but HR/management makes for an unpredictable employee experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A more friendly environment than some other large firms but with comparable compensation. Strong commitment to pro bono work. Great potential for personal growth as long as you are not stepping on the toes of any of the many catty managers. Partners are generally approachable and easy to work with (obviously varies by section and office) Good training opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    The firm is pretty much run by a small number of high-level HR managers/ department directors. Some of them are very gossipy and unprofessional. I have heard of several instances of bullying and manipulation from these individuals. Many of the new attorneys and senior staff are hired due to pedigree instead of how well they fit into culture. You often get the feeling that ML is trying to compete with the larger, more highly regarded firms, but always falls short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to lose good employees if the atmosphere stays toxic and threatening. I know many attorneys and staff who have begun their careers at ML but left after a few years due to conflicts with management or lack of support. ML invests a lot of time and money into training these individuals only to have them bail when they become profitable.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work, although paralegals didn't get substantitive work all the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were great, hours flexible.

    Cons

    No substantitive work for paralegals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the work around - so everybody stays busy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Ups and downs

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time

    Pros

    People are very nice, intelligent and hardworking. Company is very ethical. Lot of out-of-the-box legal strategizing.

    Cons

    Compensation was not very equitable in some of the sections. Very difficult to take time off given the billable hour requirements.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mediocre Experience - many staff members were great and great to work with. Some attorneys were great, some not so much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    For me the best part of working there was the location, hours (little OT if any), compensation, some really great staff. When things were busy, there was a good amount of work to keep you busy.

    Cons

    Human Resources needs help - not very knowledgeable on all departments in the firm. Back up system didn't make sense (people from different departments as backup; couldn't really help because they didn't have experience in the field), a revamp is very needed for HR department/administration with regards to staff. Bonuses were very few and far between. Some attorneys lacked the communication skills with their assistants....not letting them know the quality of their work until review time (no chance given to improve/change). Wasn't given the chance to advance my skills within my department regarding of my many requests...training wrong people and ignoring the ones who need/want certain to skills improve their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure office management is willing to learn the departments and what's expected of them. Hear out the assistants. Encourage attorneys to communicate with assistant work better working teams. Acknowledge employees desire for advance training within their department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Project Analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mintz Levin

    Pros

    Good pay, good perks, nice office

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, not great social life

  9.  

    Not a bad place to work...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mintz Levin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, easily accessible location near Grand Central, laid back environment decent perks (such as five weeks PTO, 30 days back up daycare at Bright Horizons in Grand Central that is paid for by the firm, 401k).

    Cons

    No room for advancement within Company, minimal raises, small bonuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great firm, nice people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mintz Levin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about the firm is that despite its size, it still has a family feel. Generally people are nice and easy to work with. The firm has great values. It promotes diversity and pro bono projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is not clear who needs help with cases; it is sometimes hard to get work. As is true with most large firms, there are not that many partners that are women or of color.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Prestigious Program, Great Benefits, and Broad Exposure to Legal Field

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -->Very high level of responsibility relative to comparable legal positions.
    -->Unparelleled exposure to a diverse range of law. Depending on office, this can be cleantech, corporate, litigation, consulting (ML Strategies), real estate, public finance, pro bono, immigration.
    -->Self-Managed program- Ability to spearhead community service projects, handle budgetary finances of program, carry out recruiting of program after HR training
    --> Positions available in great cities (Boston, NYC, or DC) all with their unique experience
    --> Personal mentors
    --> Above average pay relative to other entry-level legal positions.
    --> Great benefits (especially vacation and holiday package)
    --> Supervisors and firm very respectful of life outside of work (LSAT, GMAT, Grad School Apps, etc)
    --> Top-of-the-line colleagues (PA's are often highly accomplished, recent college grads with great credentials that go on to do amazing things both in and outside of the legal profession)

    Cons

    -->The Project Analyst program (PA) is unique in that there are few, if not zero, positions like it at law firms. Therefore, lawyers at firms might not know/understand our role at first.
    -->Uneven work flow
    --> No room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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