Ballard Spahr Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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17 Ratings
Pros
  • "That’s saying a lot for law firm, having worked at a few(in 7 reviews)

  • "Great work environment with a focus on self improvement(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not different from other large law firms(in 6 reviews)

  • "no room for growth or movement within company(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Nothing Like It"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In South Dakota there is nothing like it - national law firm with incredible depth and expertise.

    Cons

    Long partnership track compared to local firms.

  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Accounts Services Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, great benefits, and plenty of food and coffee

    Cons

    To much gossip, not good


  3. "Office politics and egos getting in the way of what could be an amazing team"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits. Actually working on some progressive initiatives compared to other law firms (business development, technology). A great sense of camaraderie among the lower level employees because they are all in the grind together. An appropriate amount of structure in the department (defined processes, department meetings, team check-ins), and the firm is generous with catered lunches. Convenient center city location - the building is connected to the train station.

    Cons

    No on the job training. Room for growth or promotion is non existent unless you threaten to leave. Staff leadership tells employees what they want to hear but has little intention of following through on promises. Communication within department is terrible - unnecessary secret keeping and purposefully keeping people out of the loop, which prevents collaboration and causes cliquey-ness. Upper levels of the department and managers hide information in order to manipulate lower level employees. Total lack of trust of leadership. Far too much office politics, ego stroking, and self-promotion instead of realizing everyone on the team shares the same goals. This attitude at the department leadership level trickles down throughout the department. Higher level employees purposefully take credit for the work of lower level employees, which ruins morale of lower employees and prevents them from being recognized and promoted for their work. There is a strong divide between the manager level and below. Turn over rate in the department is very, very high. Lower level employees are held to a MUCH higher standard than managers and above. Lower level employees are eviscerated or belittled for a minor mistake, while some directors can barely use a computer or make obvious mistakes. This place is in need of a major cultural change but firm management seems to prefer to turn a blind eye when there are blatant red flags. I suspect there will continue to be high turnover until changes are made.

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    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LAA in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very laid back and nice people!!

    Cons

    Maybe too laid back, could be a bit more structure to training.

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  5. "Contradiction"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers; understanding, support and unity among coworkers who experience the same challenges; excellent benefits

    Cons

    Lack of specialization among attorneys creates chaos and stress. As a result, everyone is expected to work all hours all the time. Boundary setting and/or saying no is not an option.

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    "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Partners and administrative team are engaged and easy to talk to. There's a lot of free food and options for employees to engage in activities outside of work. The work week is 35 hours. Benefits are generous and the office is in a good location. Also a really nice free gym and bike room in the building. HR will offer advancement opportunities when available to staff that have shown proven good work and interest.

    Cons

    The main office is in Philadelphia and DC feels like a 2nd thought sometimes.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Down to earth people, leanly staffed"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are down to earth and not obsessed with hierarchy. Matters are leanly staffed so you get a lot of ownership and experience quickly.

    Cons

    Bonuses are below market and there is a wide range in bonuses, even within class years.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice locations and near transportation.

    Cons

    Hires only certain privilege race. Not much diversity. You will see that some department like hr is gossipy like high school. They overlook talent and hire people within. Creepy men and unsafe for young women. I was degrated several time by comments made. Learn self defense ladies.

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  9. "Solid Firm - Great People"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful Co-Workers Excellent Back-office support Congenial atmosphere State-of-the-Art systems Believe in work-life balance and are supportive of their employees as people with families, not just as drones in an office

    Cons

    Sometimes there's no simple way to do things - everything must be approved by someone or multiple someones

  10. "Mostly positive experience; average (or slightly below) salary; 35 hr base work week a plus."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Family friendly atmosphere. No big egos.

    Cons

    HR is a bit chatty. Working from home is allowed and paralegals/attorneys are provided laptops, but, you catch flack for working from home.

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