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Barnes & Thornburg Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Thornburg full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Attorneys and the majority of staff are extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. Solid pay and paid time off for staff.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to strike an appropriate work-life balance.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barnes & Thornburg full-time

    Pros

    Staff members are treated well; good work-life balance; good location

    Cons

    Some of the 'long-timer' assistants don't do much work at all and are allowed to get away with that. This is aggravating.

  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Thornburg full-time

    Pros

    No frills compensation (more in salary than gimmicky benefits). Fiscally conservative company that's able to ride out wave in market.

    Cons

    High standards for capital partner but if you can make it it's lucrative


  4. "Great office, great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Thornburg full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people (attorneys & assistants) are professional and positive. The pay and vacation policies are good. Most everyone is very happy here. The office is downtown close to lots of places to eat. Free sodas in the fridge, free food offered often (even to staff!).
    There was some drama, but those involved have all left.

    Cons

    Parking is a bit expensive; it's not 100% necessary at this location, but if you don't want to walk several blocks and fight with college students for spots, you have 3-4 parking garages to choose from. They're about $150/month.
    There's a definite social divide between the attorneys and assistants. There used to be a firm Christmas party and now there's just an Attorney-only Party.
    No room for advancement if you're not an attorney. (Most of the assistants in our office are overqualified and could do the work that B&T considers paralegal work.)

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and more frequent communication. Please. We want to be invested and take ownership of our work, but you make it kinda hard.


  5. "B&T the place to be"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good firm culture for a big firm

    Cons

    Not in the A list of firms

    Advice to Management

    keep it up, and don't lose existing culture


  6. "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Thornburg full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, professional, clean, helpful and personal

    Cons

    small satellite office, avoid being in clickes

    Advice to Management

    I was a full time employer, retired in 2013. Have returned the last three years as a temporary part-time employer from April-end of September. Assisted and mentored other employers.


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    "Big firm - bad culture"

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, interesting cases, social events.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. Labor and employment senior management and partners treat their attorneys like they are completely dispensable. Bosses make derogatory comments about minorities, don't care about their workers and fail to communicate with them.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and communicate expectations at hiring.

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Big firm with diverse people

    Cons

    Stuck in the mid west


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Thornburg (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Currently, the "only" reason to work for B&T as a non-legal employee is the pay and fairly decent benefits.

    Cons

    For their "non-legal" employees, B&T has become nothing more than a sweatshop. Employees are no longer valued, but merely a means of padding the attorneys' pockets. Disparate treatment runs rampant. Attorneys protect only their immediate assistant, even when their assistant is routinely insubordinate toward their superiors. Firm has become very HR heavy and very short on staff. Staff is grossly overworked and under-appreciated. HR promotes discord among staff. HR is given far too much power in decision making. Long-term, loyal employees are at great risk of termination based solely on their salaries. Loyalty is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the formula/era that once made B&T a great place to work. Stop allowing power-hungry, ego-driven narcissists to run the company. Return to being a "partnership" where decisions are made by the majority, not two or three who "think" they know what is in the firm's best interests.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Depressing Work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Thornburg full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Salary in relation to other law firms.

    Cons

    Benefits below average, health insurance expensive and coverage below average. Management micromanages staff; gives plenty of criticism but little encouragement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff with respect, a pat on the back wouldn't hurt either.


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