Practical Law Company

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Practical Law Company Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
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  1.  

    Great Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Practical Law Company

    Pros

    Loved my job and the contribution I made towards the growth of this company

    Cons

    None I can think of...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Thomson Reuters didn't make the changes PLC needed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Practical Law Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere
    Mostly decent colleagues
    Working from home option
    Huge company to move around in

    Cons

    For the longest time, you had to be European or male to be in senior management. There are a few token people of color but they've also been at PLC/TR for years and usually cutthroat.

    Inept management means someone with fewer skills or sensibility than you (but way better at managing office politics) will be your boss soon.

    There is rampant unprofessionalism that makes it easy to understand that senior managers here would be middle management at best, anywhere else. Also, senior management here would not cut the mustard at a"real" company -- nor would they get paid as handsomely -- so they are lifers at PLC/TR. As a result, they are the only people at PLC/TR who are satisfied. (And the ones who leave bogus, sparsely written 5 star "its awesome, no cons!" reviews here on glassdoor to try to bring up the average)

    When I started at the then PLC, the glassdoor average was around 3 stars. Now it's 2 and falling as the mass exodus occurs. That's no coincidence.

    In theory, it is ripe for movement into TR positions around the globe. In reality, other divisions of Thomson Reuters are struggling and you probably will be stuck here as this is the company lots of people from other local TR office get moved to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter, you're not going to change anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    PRACTICAL LAW IS HORRIBLE

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Practical Law Company (less than a year)

    Pros

    all white culture and supportive of racism

    Cons

    Racist managers and bigot white male workers who are petty and jealous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, innovative service...leadership issues

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Practical Law Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many of the people - from sales to editorial - are smart, creative, and fun to work with. The online service is amazing and very helpful to lawyers, and the service is constantly evolving and getting better, responding to the market's needs.

    Cons

    Since the Thomson Reuters acquisition things have definitely changed - time will tell for sure, but it appears that some of the innovation and culture/spirit of Practical Law is being lost. Also, much of the original Practical Law leadership is/was not necessarily qualified to be running the place, made poor, uninformed decisions, and promoted each other and protected one another without regard to the bigger picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely at the talented people you have on board - promote them, and give them the freedom to continue making Practical Law the innovative product it is. Retain the integrity of the original service and the editors who have made it what it is.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Transitioning to TR

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Practical Law Company full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to transition into Thomson Reuters sales team if you do well.

    Cons

    No one knows how everything will shake out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure team knows when the end is near and assist with our transition to TR sales team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inferior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Practical Law Company

    Pros

    Good product/service for in-house attorneys and law firms. Casual work atmosphere but can get a bit cliquey at times.

    Cons

    Horrific management that gives too many empty promises and poor advice. Too focused on having meetings to talk about future meetings. Collaboration amongst the team is dwindling too now that it has been acquired by Thomson Reuters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the company and let capable managers take the helm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Same Incompetent Management Running the Show

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Practical Law Company

    Pros

    Smart and generally nice people on editorial and sales side. Good hours and lifestyle.

    Cons

    With very few exceptions, management is a disaster, mainly a friends-club of people whom the former founders had promoted as favorite yes men and women. One "manager" doesn't even have people reporting to him due to the many complaints filed, yet he's still there, floating from project to project that he makes no substantial contribution on.

    Talented people here are shackled by the ridiculous policies that have been put in place to try to automate the whole company. People in charge have little insight or talent, so they are instituting rigid systems preventing others from shining. Have a great idea for the company? Suggest it to management and watch it disappear forever.

    Gossip and rumor run rampant in this company, and many managers themselves are huge gossipers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and let others with some talent and ideas take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    They keep the corporate

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Practical Law Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, great technical assistance. The company saves money by having an open floor plan, and they reinvest it in the infrastructure.

    Cons

    Ever wonder what happens to those introverted achievers in law school who develop a great work ethic but no social skills? They work at PLC. Everything you read on this site claiming they have a crummy management style is absolutely true. PLC hires hard-working, studious writers who were pushed out of law firms because they have terrible interpersonal skills and no tolerance for stress. Unfortunately, these introverted "yes" men become managers at PLC and they bring their lack of good judgment and social skills with them. The end result makes for an icy, chillingly quiet work atmosphere where discourse is misconstrued as defiance. Imagine if Dilbert, rather than being the innocuous office mate, was actually your micro-managing boss. That's PLC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Optimistic at first, then...

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    Current Employee - Attorney Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Attorney Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Practical Law Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Hours are regular from 9-6 p.m. and working more than those hours is rare and only happens occasionally. Attorney editors can focus on their area of expertise. Most people are nice.

    Cons

    There is very little to no opportunity for professional growth or promotion. Some of the heads of the editorial groups are inexperienced lawyers and managers and this has hampered product development. There is a lack of communication between the various departments (editorial, marketing, sales, copy editing, etc.) so processes for working together are not clear, leading to confusion and wasted time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives at Thomson Reuters, which acquired Practical Law Company in early 2013, should take a good, hard look at the management they have put in place here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Terrible Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Practical Law Company full-time

    Pros

    Great product. Casual work atmosphere. Friday drinks.

    Cons

    Unfortunately marred by inexperienced and terrible management. Most of the times the advice and tactics they present come straight from a selling book which is extremely useless. If I needed those kind of advice, I'll just go pick up a "How to Sell" book thanks. Issues take forever to fix and seems to fall upon deaf ears. With acquisition by TR, the culture will only go downhill. The number of corporate mumbo jumbo emails are endless and an uptick of meetings, just to talk about future meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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