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Arnold & Porter Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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Arnold & Porter Managing Partner, Firmwide Richard M. Alexander
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Pros
  • Good benefits, co-workers and supervisors were nice/laid-back (in 6 reviews)

  • Great team, nice offices, interesting work at times (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • As with most law firms, there is quite a bit of pressure and long hours (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company for partners."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Resource Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Litigation Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Legal Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great organization perks for employees - including generous time-off, firm celebrations, extended maternity leave, etc. Most people a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Dealing with some difficult personalities.


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    "Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to gain exposure to a legal firm.
    Build your resume, and expand your skill set. If you know how to use it, the time off can be beneficial to still having a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Workflow is not equally spread out.

    No room for growth, but management will attempt to stretch you thin. Get all they can from you, have you work on a million projects-volunteering yourself in every department, then they throw you to the wolves when they no longer feel like you are a fresh face for their tactics. They prey on the Lras because they guilt trip them into thinking no one else will give them a chance in the real world with no experience, when in fact, that's so untrue. Future prospects: do your research don't sell yourself short. I'm glad I found something that values my capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your talent, it'll keep up morale and ultimately deliver top results. The less your partners and associates have to worry about on the workload end, the more time they can actually spend on building business development and bringing in profit.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    ok place to work.Decent benefits

    Cons

    There is northing bad to say


  9. Helpful (1)

    "My Opinion"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arnold & Porter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work because of the benefits and their commitment to staff.

    Cons

    We are not allowed the option to telework or work a reduced schedule like every other Friday off.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more options for staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Litigation Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    friendly office, with general litigation practice

    Cons

    general litigation practice can be a downside, if you are looking to specialize


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Arnold & Porter (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people for the most part, though they have the same kinds of problems as any large law firm

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes unreasonable expectations, but that's mostly limited to a few people, not everybody.



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