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Arnold & Porter Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Arnold & Porter Managing Partner, Firmwide Richard M. Alexander
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Pros
  • Good benefits, healthy incentive bonus, subsidized transportation benefit (in 8 reviews)

  • Wonderful culture and environment; interesting work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Typical Big Law firm of too long hours, unreasonable expectations, very little respect for work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Same as all law firms, squeezing more out of less people (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "I LOVE ARNOLD & PORTER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and considerate.

    Cons

    There really were no cons for me.


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and environment; interesting work.

    Cons

    Like most big-law, long hours and only ok pay.

  3. "Firm Living in the 1950s"

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    Current Employee - IT Support
    Current Employee - IT Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arnold & Porter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As others have said good benefits, healthy incentive bonus

    Cons

    No options to work remotely, professional development does not exist here. Upper management seem not to carry about those who are under them.

    Advice to Management

    Help people grow, rather than keeping them in the current role for as long as possible.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arnold & Porter full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, healthy incentive bonus, subsidized transportation benefit

    Cons

    Very few options for telecommuting


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Resource Assistant Position (Entry-Level)"

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    Former Employee - Legal Resource Assistant
    Former Employee - Legal Resource Assistant

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, interesting employees, decent pay for entry level position

    Cons

    Misleading job description, very little to no job growth, terrible hours

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic and up-front with expectations


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively nice people. Work can be very document review heavy. Very obsessed with "prestige" and importance of the work, even when its glorified doc review.

    Cons

    Minimal exit options. Partners aren't particularly outgoing or interested in your career. Compensation is considered below market relative to the firms most associates are considering.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in the careers of associates. Realize that most associates find the amount of corporate speak (e.g., "core values") to be condescending.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Legal Resource Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Resource Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Resource Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arnold & Porter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1.)This is a reputable firm and a great name to have on your resume.
    2.)The firm is large so there are a lot of resources available to help you get your job done.
    3.) Despite the many bad apples, there is a large number of very nice people who help make the job tolerable.
    4.) Onsite gym, cafeteria, and child care center

    Cons

    You will be "managed" by people who have no idea of what you do on the job. Therefore these "managers" will constantly call you or email you to help with other projects because they are completely unaware of your workload. You will be handling most of the work in your team because the legal secretaries are overpaid tenured workers who do a bunch of nothing all day because they can. No one questions them and they can get away with murder, so you will be forced to pick up their slack. You will not have half of the luxuries of the secretaries even though when they hired you they claimed you were equals.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for partners."

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    Former Employee - Legal Secetary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secetary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits, yearly bonus and vacation time.

    Cons

    Secretaries are treated like furniture. Moving them around at any time. Even downsizing and getting rid of half of them

    Advice to Management

    Treat secretaries with respect and as professionals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Litigation Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    high-profile, cutting-edge legal matters
    brilliant colleagues
    commitment to diversity

    Cons

    as in most large law firms, advancement criteria are opaque

    Advice to Management

    I think management is doing an excellent job. The pathologies of the legal profession are what they are, and individual firms have limited means to address them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold & Porter full-time

    Pros

    Pay and bonuses not up to market standards but the additional benefits are good (401k profit sharing, heathcare, onsite cafeteria, gym, etc.)

    Cons

    The staff does not feel valued.


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