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Ballard Spahr Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2019

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14 Ratings
  1. "attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Good small office and good people

    Cons

    Too far from main office

    Advice to Management

    Shut office

    Ballard Spahr2017-12-04
  2. "NPL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, competitive salary

    Cons

    Poor bonus structure / disliked associate band system.

    Ballard Spahr2017-10-25
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    "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Disorganized upper management and little opportunity for partnership.

    Ballard Spahr2017-10-10
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    "Positive"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time for 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.

    Ballard Spahr2017-08-27
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    "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for 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

    Ballard Spahr2017-08-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not the Greatest but Not the Worst"

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     in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr

    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.

    Ballard Spahr2017-07-18
  7. "D.C. Office is a good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

    Ballard Spahr2017-05-19
  8. "Great law firm for working"

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    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.

    Ballard Spahr2017-04-29
  9. "Good company"

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    I have been working at Ballard Spahr

    Pros

    Loyal and dedicated to best practice

    Cons

    Not the most exciting position

    Ballard Spahr2017-05-04
  10. "Decent Place"

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    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

    Ballard Spahr2017-05-03
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