Varnum Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
4 Reviews
3.8
4 Reviews

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Lawrence J. Murphy
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  1.  

    Friendly environment with lots of intelligent people to learn from.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Intern  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Varnum as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mentors for internship program.
    Great salary for location since cost of living is low in MI.

    Cons

    There is a huge lack of diversity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to be

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

    I have been working at Varnum full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Collegial, high level work, great location

    Cons

    It is cold in the winter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great people, good work, decent (for lawyers) pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Varnum

    Pros

    The people. Every day it is enjoyable to come to work because you know you will be treated respectfully by those above you on the totem pole, and treated nicely by those technically below you.

    The office building itself is also quite a nice place. The location is a little odd in the sense you can't really walk to any good restaurants, but it's a modern landmark building with an excellent view of the city. Easy, convenient parking in the lower 1/4 of the building.

    Cons

    The pay does not compare favorably to other, larger markets. Of course, the cost of living is much cheaper in Grand Rapids -- but probably not enough to make up for the large gap in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Exhausting

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

    I have been working at Varnum

    Pros

    Well known and respected firm (locally)
    Some of the staff and attorneys are nice
    Impressive client intake floor
    Free parking

    Cons

    Politics
    Politics
    Politics
    Lack of transparency
    Failure to communicate expectations
    Under staffed
    Underpaid, for the amount of work required
    Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though your employees dont "bring in the dollars" the work doesn't get done on it's own. We deserve respect and feel unappreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend

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