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Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits; skills training available; salary compensation could improve

    Cons

    More administrative work and less focus on legal documents so your skills begin to slide; the percentage contribution to the 401k employee accounts decreased over time; poor bonus if at all


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "Stuck in the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blank Rome full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some very nice people to work with. The benefits are basic with no frills and not enough choices in various areas.

    Cons

    Attorneys and staff alike feel intimidated to interact on a personal level with their peers during working hours. Professional assistants are constantly monitored from the time they arrive at the office until they leave for the day. There is a definite caste system which frowns upon attorneys and staff having any conversation other than for business reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Management talks the talk but does not walk the walk. They say they want to be progressive but when new ideas are introduced the response is always - we have been doing it this way and it is not broken. It is amazing how this firm has survived with the tunnel vision at all levels of firm management. Advice to management - change is not a bad thing and can really improve your bottom line when done correctly. Also, your people are your best asset and that should be your focus to make them feel part of the team and the process.


  10. "Professional Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blank Rome (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance. Good retirement benefits, 401k available, profit sharing. Technology training on a rolling basis or request lesson at your own desk.

    Cons

    Attorney workload is not equitable so some secretaries work much harder than others. Team approach does not work well for all departments, may be on a team that is not in your area of expertise. Expensive benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff as well as attorneys are treated. Staff is an extremely valuable asset. Show appreciation by offering working additional hours in exchange for every other Friday off for one half of the staff at a time, or something similar.


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