Pepper Hamilton

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Pepper Hamilton Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Polished Professionals and a very nice Firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, state of the art technology, super support services and treat their employees well.

    Cons

    Poor management in satellite office. Unbalanced secretarial workload, unprofessional conduct and favoritism. The good news is that this manager has resigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please screen your managers well. It reflects in the office environment.

  2.  

    Very Unprofessional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton

    Pros

    The pay is competitive and the firm generally has a decent reputation

    Cons

    The office is full of catty secretary's and paralegals and the male attorney's maintain a frat house atmosphere. Secretary's spend most of their time on personal calls and give the attorney's an eye roll whenever they request their help with something. Paralegals assume it is acceptable to go on a two hour lunch break and an hour breakfast break and bill the client for their unaccounted for time. The attorneys have a high turn over rate - many of them leave and do not go to a different law firm because they are genuinely sick of the atmosphere that Pepper maintains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to clean house and obtain office managers with a formal education, not someone that gave themselves the title. Look into why the retention rate is so low and why everyone is so unhappy instead of worrying about who's coat is hanging on their chair. It truly was an unprofessional environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Toxic Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is competitive and the work life balance is satisfactory.

    Cons

    There is NO training or advancement opportunities. Once you get your foot in the door, there is no room to grow, despite what you may have been told in your interview. The company culture is a frat house among the attorneys and middle school bathroom gossip among the administrative staff. The HR team maintains a bully environment among themselves and have no formal education or training in their positions, which is evidenced by their lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise the Philadelphia office to better monitor the satellite offices to ensure they are meeting federal standards and HR is adhering to complaints of workplace harassment, in order to ensure all staff are given the luxury of working in a non-bullying environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Pepper Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance; people; merit based compensation system.

    Cons

    I have no comment on this subject.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, underappreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pepper Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Secure financially; weathered the Great Recession OK, with raises and bonuses. Overall a good company. Management pays lip service to appreciating the employees -- small gifts on birthdays, work anniversaries, Staff Appreciation Day, etc.

    Cons

    Almost no work-life balance. They'd prefer 12-hour workdays and lunch at your desk. Always, always, trying to do more with less. Job descriptions for staffers (not attorneys) mean nothing--ad hoc work piles on and makes your position, title, any chance to learn and advance meaningless. Many attorneys and staffers are frazzled and unresponsive, even when you're working hard to help them, and they asked you to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lip service is not good enough. Address the problem attorneys who drive their staffs out. Address the administrative directors who are yes-men with no strategy or vision and then wonder why talented people who want to advance, leave to advance elsewhere. Ever wonder why it's mostly only the lower level staffers and secretaries, etc. who log in 20, 30 years here? It's because they have few other options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Berwyn Location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location if you did not want to work in the city.

    Cons

    I resigned my position due to the frequent erratic and cantankerous conduct of my boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to gain control and relieve problem attorneys of their duties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pepper Hamilton

    Pros

    Pepper employees some great attorneys.

    Cons

    Employees are pushed too hard

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a positive first employment experience

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, many associates were supportive of paralegals, support staff was usually helpful. If you want to go on to law school, being a paralegal here is a great way to experience the environment, expectations, etc.

    Cons

    Compensation for more experienced and/or hard-working paralegals should be improved. Some were able to skate by doing subpar work, while others had more on their plate to make up for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Agent in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Patent Agent in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Terrific group of people
    Friendly atmosphere
    Take care of their employees

    Cons

    Low salaries for the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your IP group as a contributor to your bottom line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just-OK work environment, zero chances for staff advancement.

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    Former Employee - Former Legal Assistant in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Former Legal Assistant in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Pepper Hamilton

    Pros

    - Decent - but definitely not great - compensation/benefits package
    - Fair to good work-life balance (at least for staff)

    Cons

    - Absolutely no room for advancement
    - Management has no regard for anyone without an Esq. after his/her name

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've certainly worked for worse employers than Pepper; however, there is an absolutely breathtaking lack of regard for staff, from the head office in Philadelphia on down to the smaller regional office where I was employed. Without going into specifics, there is no reward or recognition for superior performance, nor are there any consequences for shockingly unprofessional behavior.

    And I know this behavior certainly isn't limited to Pepper, but dear God - is there any worse penance than spending a perfectly nice Friday evening surrounded by attorneys who won't speak to staff at the firm holiday "party"? Pepper would do well to foster a more collegial environment between attorneys and staff. Many of us are knowledgeable, dedicated, bright people who can actually speak in complete sentences without drooling on ourselves, despite the absence of "Attorney at Law" on our business cards.

    No opinion of CEO

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