Patton Boggs Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
27 Reviews

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  1.  

    Loved the people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Patton Boggs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice offices, nice people, great parking garage.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no structured paralegal program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering better training opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hopefully things are getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Patton Boggs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good vacation time, and most benefits, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Management change in 2010 didn't make anything better, no training, no mentoring, no transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put money in better places

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was okay to be there to learn new skills and develop contacts

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I worked at Patton Boggs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work on a variety of subjects

    Cons

    No transparency and lack of communications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Substaintial Work

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    Former Employee - Public Policy Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Policy Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Patton Boggs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As a member of the public policy department, i recieved substantial work to do. No administrative work. Job consisted of watchign hearings and writing memos for clients, doing congressional research, etc. Given a lot of power to pick own assignments.

    Cons

    Wish the culture was a little more open. Most public policy specialists and partners stay in their offices and even though they are friendly, a slightly closed door is very uninviting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More social events

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patton Boggs part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great "team" feeling in some departments

    Cons

    The firm has changed with the times, and not for the better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PB lawfirm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patton Boggs

    Pros

    Patton Boggs pays well and has pretty good benefits. I enjoyed working with my co-workers and have made many lasting friendships at the firm

    Cons

    There was no open communication from management about the firm's status. Best advice is to set up Google Alerts so you can find out what is going on with the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck to everyone! Hope the merger goes through

  8.  

    Patton Boggs has always been a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patton Boggs for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Not letting employees know what is going on at the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let employees find out what is going on at the firm from the media. Have more town hall meetings to allow employees to ask questions and find the answers they seek.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Never a Dull Moment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patton Boggs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    busy environment, mostly friendly people, decent technology, great NYC location

    Cons

    changes, training opportunitites, there is always a lot of gossip and the management is not always as transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide employees with more opportunities to advance themselves

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great public policy practice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Patton Boggs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to partners and clients, top lobbying firm by almost all metrics, substantive work, build workflow around what interests you most

    Cons

    Difficult to get to know everyone, sometimes pigeon-holed once you have niche policy area, work in policy is slow and not many short-term "wins"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I liked the people, but management gets a facepalm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Patton Boggs full-time

    Pros

    I noticed very little dysfunctional office politics, which is great. The environment is collegial, though with the reorganization currently underway, that may be changing.

    Cons

    The partnership restructuring has created a very unpredictable environment for even partners. After the layoffs that took place in March and again in November, I would be actively seeking other employment if I were still there. The building is currently undergoing major renovations, but the good news is that PB provides aspirin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Face the fact that PB is a partnership and not a corporation. The bottom line should not be the primary motivating factor in decisions. Once management starts to chase dollars for the sake of the bottom line, that is when things fall apart. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
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