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Blank Rome Reviews

Updated October 6, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful staff, decent environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff and personnel are wonderful. There are many long term employees, myself included. Multiple offices and overall it was a good experience for me.

    Cons

    The last 5 years have had some lay offs and down-sizing. It's unfortunate because for many years management was able to avoid this with steady growth.

    Advice to Management

    Far too many 'chiefs" and not enough "Indians".


  2. "Hard work and dedication do not guarantee employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and a descent 401K

    Cons

    No longer a friendly environment to work. They use "Blank Rome family" in much of what they say which actually meant something when I first started working there over 20 years ago but they have really forgotten the values they used to embrace. Laying people off in what felt very much as clandestine operation without consideration of past performance, their dedication to the firm or years of service in what may be a poor attempt to maintain morale with those still employed. Does that really work or does it adversely affect employees more when they do learn of it and who it was they let go. Other employees do know who gets the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember that people are indeed people and not just a commodity.

  3. "Poor Place of Business"

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

    Pros

    Autonomy to handle tasks at hand

    Cons

    Lack of consistent and knowledgeable management


  4. "Litigation Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Litigation Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blank Rome (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice co workers, ice office, decent benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    Uneven workload, unreasonable partner, no bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff. Make the work load on the desks more even


  5. "Bucking the stereotype"

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

    I have been working at Blank Rome full-time

    Pros

    The stereotype about working in a law firm environment, is that attorneys can be very challenging to work with. This is NOT the case with this firm

    Cons

    Some of management and staff other than the actual attorneys could definitely learn from those actually practicing law regarding a cohesive environment.

    Advice to Management

    The focus on making sure the attorneys play nice, is lost on some of the management and staff personnel.


  6. "good firm with opportunities to advance depending on practice group"

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    challenging work, ability to work out of multiple offices and flexibility with completing work from home, billable expectations are comparable to other mid-large size firms

    Cons

    benefits are lacking (no matching 401k, expensive health insurance), no clear guidelines for bonuses or increased compensation, not much cooperation between practice groups (which is problematic during periods of slow work), depending on the practice group there is very little mentorship/senior-attorney oversight, which can result in sub-par work

    Advice to Management

    provide more transparency on compensation/bonus determinations and place more emphasis on training and work oversight


  7. "Associate Attorney Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blank Rome full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy in managing cases with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Partners lacked knowledge of practice area.

  8. "Great Firm"

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big firm resources, small firm feel.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Great co workers, poor management"

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

    Pros

    I worked with some excellent co workers who made the job worth it. PTO package is generous.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance. Typical 'do nothing' managers who are better at telling others what to do rather than actually helping with the work. Many of the directors I worked with were not of leadership material and did not set a good example.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders who actually want to work and not just order other people around.


  10. "DOCKETING Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great firm to get patent experience....

    Cons

    Firm downsizing too much. No real job security or stability

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at the present time to say to management


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