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

  • "Small Wilmington law firm with less than 15 employees(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "None to really speak of except the usual issues at law firms(in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    With the exception of a few people, the lawyers are nice people. They work hard and expect everyone around them to work equally hard, but they’re generally pretty respectful and appreciative. That’s saying a lot for law firm, having worked at a few. People seem to like one another and there’s a big emphasis on civility and collaboration. You’re expected to work together as a team for the benefit of clients. They’re... big on client value. They have a lot of charitable things going on, so you get to pay five bucks to wear jeans once a month or so. Nice bonuses and good pay. Ballard is big enough to give you access to top-tier work and small enough to feel like a close knit community. They really make an effort toward diversity and lawyers and staff are involved in pro bono projects that make a difference. The Philadelphia office is beautiful.

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    Cons

    They are serious about collaboration and caring how everybody feels to the point where things can feel talked to death when you’re ready to move on. Lots of mandatory training on things like sexual harassment, cyber security procedure, hidden bias. This place is very by-the-books. It’s a very demanding, high energy environment, work wise, like most big law firms. Occasional nights and weekends are expected.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can think of. As law firms go, this is one of the best I’ve seen.

    Ballard Spahr2018-01-24
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Disgraceful"

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    Former Employee - Office Services in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ballard Spahr full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best legal minds in the city. At one time this was the firm to beat, still to this day, the name Ballard Spahr stands for "pay to play" and a politically connected law firm.

    Cons

    With its days of glory long past, the current management has taken a Darwinian turn. Betraying long time employees that had worked there for over 20 years, repaying their service by stealthily laying them off and forcing them to work for a disgusting business provider and never telling the employees that they are now temporary workers, goodbye salary, vacations, and 401K and benefits, wage slaves and "Johnny... Timeclocks" are the new normal.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well, you should be ashamed of yourselves, you will never see the heights of the early 2000's again. Why are you doing this? Ballard was once a great place to work and they cared about their employees, filthy lucre is not a thing to build a practice on.

    Ballard Spahr2016-11-26
  3. "Legal Assistant"

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    Legal Administrative Assistant in Bear, DE

    I worked at Ballard Spahr for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small Wilmington law firm with less than 15 employees

    Cons

    No career advancement in Wilmington office

    Ballard Spahr2015-08-06
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Very fast-paced organization from top to bottom."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Can be exciting. -Perks to working for successful law firm.

    Cons

    -Working in the administrative department for attorneys can be very frustrating. They can be very demanding and stubborn people. -Every attorney is your boss. On top of the managers you have in your department, you technically have 500 bosses who are attorneys. -Won't gain much useful professional experience.

    Advice to Management

    -To the administrative departments: Don't bow down to the whim of every attorneys. They are not always right, and it could be better for them in the long run if you operate your department for quality's sake rather than out of fear of their power.

    Ballard Spahr2013-02-28
  5. Helpful (2)

    "I am scared every day."

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    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ballard Spahr

    Pros

    Law firm bebefits are pretty good except you have pay a lot if you have a family. Computer systems are pretty good and so it the software training.

    Cons

    Bad management of support staff. Period. There is a lot of favoritism to the long term employees and they rely on them to spy on the new people. Management says that that you can come and speak with them with any problems but either the requests are ignored or they side with the long term employees. Company has paid maternity leave for attorneys and paralegals but not for the support staff which are mostly women.... Benefits costs are extremely high for employees with familtes. OT is not paid until 40 hours, even though we work a 35 hour work week.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat support staff with respect and not make them scared to speak their minds against the long term employees.

    Ballard Spahr2011-10-27
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