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Updated 17 Feb 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Nice big firm to work for, NJ office respects life/work balance."

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    High salary, nice people compared to other big firms, location (Cherry Hill), good work/life balance, NJ office management doesn't play favorites.

    Cons

    The amount of work in the litigation department is not overwhelming, so to stay and/or advance there is a definite need to be a rainmaker or cultivate relationships with other offices for referrals.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Ballard Spahr2017-04-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Warning: "Attorney" Position is actually a "Staff Attorney""

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    Current Employee - Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    I find the working environment to be fine. People leave each other alone to work. It is quiet which I enjoy.

    Cons

    Ballard has recently changed the name of the "staff attorney" position to "attorney." It is the same thing. These "attorneys" are required to work the same hours as associates, with substantially less pay, and you will NEVER receive a raise. This is not written in any policy manual and, at least for me, I was never informed of this at any point during the interview process.

    Advice to Management

    Either be transparent during the interview process about what this "attorney" position actually is or get rid of the disparate treatment.

    Ballard Spahr2019-02-17
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Attorney"

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    Attorney in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr

    Pros

    Nice support staff and nice offices

    Cons

    Big firm too many hours spent on admin and non-working activities

    Advice to Management

    Let lawyers be lawyers

    Ballard Spahr2018-09-24
  4. "Broken Promises"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the partners are great to work with and willing to teach. The support staff is excellent. The pay is good.

    Cons

    The partners are not willing or able to train you in business development. The only direction I received was to cultivate my relationships. Well, the relationships I had with the people at companies I was trying to pitch had been cultivated for more than 20 years (I knew these people since I was a child). I don’t need to learn to cultivate a relationship, I’d like to know how to pitch our firm and our practices. ... There’s no education as to rate flexibility or various services. There’s also only so many times you can sit throigh the same business development meeting. The OMP kept seeking suggestions how to get Ballard’s name more prominent in the community. Yet the firm wouldn’t advertise or when suggestions were made they were ignored or disregarded. Interestingly enough within 3-6 months of making those suggestions, peer firms would do the thing suggested and reap benefits. Finally, don’t believe promises from management. I was originally hired as a contract attorney, with the promise that if I proved my mettle, I would be a full-time associate. When I had proven my mettle, I was offered a stag atoormey position. I was told the pay and benefits would be the same as an associate, just that a I would be non-partner track. Shortly thereafter, I learned so didn’t qualify for an hours or merit bonus and my pay was approximately $35,000 less than my colleagues in the same class. I know several other attorneys that left due to similar broken promises.

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    Advice to Management

    Engage your associates more in business development. Listen to younger associates more on marketing and development.

    Ballard Spahr2018-04-01
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Awful environment"

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    Former Employee - Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The support staff is great, but only loyal to partners.

    Cons

    Challenging to one' s integrity, zero collaboration and teamwork, and no room for advancement.

    Ballard Spahr2018-03-29
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