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Ballard Spahr Reviews

Updated August 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Perks to working for successful law firm (in 4 reviews)

  • Friendly Staff and pleasant working environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Working at a law firm is stressful (in 5 reviews)

  • attorneys like second-class citizens (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Positive"

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

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and coworkers. Easy to work with attorneys. Competitive salary and bonuses. Several locations throughout the US. Excellent IT support.

    Cons

    HR Department needs some help. Everything isn't as confidential as it should be. Staff needs retraining in different areas of HR.


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hours for support staff are not long. I've only had to work late twice in one year

    Cons

    Most people keep to themselves at work, there aren't many social functions related to work

  3. "Not the Greatest but Not the Worst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers at the Philly office, semi-relaxed environment compared to "big law" firms. Flexible working hours for lawyers.

    Cons

    Significantly lower lawyer comp. compared to other firms, difficult to advance if in a staff role, limited professional development/training opportunities, most staff seem to have been here 20+ years making technology stagnant. It's a firm where employees are "comfortable"... they're not here to be challenged, they're here for a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Hire consultants, update internal software for staff; offer competitive salaries and bonuses if you want to retain quality lawyers.


  4. "D.C. Office is a good place"

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

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Ballard is a good place to work, overall. Like any large firm, you need to make your hours and build a practice. Mentoring is uneven. Some senior people are wonderful, and others are just not as invested in bringing up less experienced attorneys.

    Cons

    No major complaints - the cons are only those of any other large law firm.


  5. "Great law firm for working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    They treat staff positions very well, with frequent "treats" and special days.

    Cons

    Middle managers are often overburdened.


  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loyal and dedicated to best practice

    Cons

    Not the most exciting position


  7. "Decent Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Good people, not focused on killing associates with billables

    Cons

    It is big firm work

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

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

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time (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


  9. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Hired on at a very high ratio of attorney to legal assistant support, 5:1. Within two weeks, my ratio went up to 6:1 with another attorney added to my work load without explanation. One of the legal assistants on our team was allowed to move out of state to another Ballard firm of her preference, while her attorneys were left in the office where I worked, so their physical assignments got handed to us becausethe LAA was not in the office to do these tasks for her own assigned partners. Resentment abounds, litigation department separated completely from Ballard Spahr within a week of me being hired due to not aligning with Ballard's practices. Our I.T. guy was recently demoted to mail delivery person. Receptionist fired. Too much chaos and instability here. I have 24 years of legal assistant experience and have never seen a firm so poorly managed. If you are offered a position, make sure it is clearly stated who you will be working for, preferably in writing, and proceed with caution.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define the legal assistants scope of who he / she will be supporting at the beginning of their employment. Do not "dump" other LAA's jobs on remaining LAAs just to support the lifestyle of an LAA who wishes to live in warmer weather and to be out of state and not have any direct contact with her attorneys. The LAAs left doing her workload will become resentful and unmotivated. Also, HR does not respond to issues of concern.


  10. "Ballard Spahr Review"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to work, diversity,. growth with cooperative and supportive effort from it staff members

    Cons

    little to say about cons


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