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Choate Hall & Stewart Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location is great, Choate is located in the financial district and is proud of their single Boston location. The layout itself is very open and welcoming, a lot like the people who work there.

    Cons

    Limited exposure to other practice groups.


  2. "Good hardworking teams and good environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well respected firm, with great benefits, clear organizational structure. People are hardworking, committed and alternative work schedules considered if your team can work with it, also one can work remotely if needed for the day or if something were to come up.

    Cons

    Although they have a 35 hour work week for non-legal associates, depending on your area, the work can often exceed 40 hours.


  3. "Very successful firm"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time

    Pros

    The firm is a very profitable, well run organization, with very few "difficult" personalities. They have made a conscious decision to remain one office, which helps maintain a good camaraderie. Compensation is in line with comparable firms.

    Cons

    The training varies depending on which department you are in. Feedback is a bit lacking. The hours can be long, and there is pressure to produce billable hours, but that comes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more frequent feedback than just annual reviews.


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    "Great Intellectual Property Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time

    Pros

    Intellectual Property department: The department has very smart and talented people who work well as a team. Junior people get to do real and exciting work from day one. Each project / case is usually staffed by a junior person and a senior person, so it's good for the client (lower overall bill) and for the junior person (gets practical hands-on training and mentoring). There's no shortage of good work to do in the IP department. Clients love Choate and keep coming back for good reason.

    Firm: Firm has a good review process (but see con) and a mentoring program that's unheard of at other law firms. Overall, although people take their work seriously, the work environment feels more casual / relaxed compared to other law firms and most people don't take themselves too seriously.

    Cons

    The review process was not always transparent. The short half-page to 1 page review summaries did not seem to match the actual comments that reviewers submitted. Sometimes there would be (negative) comments in the summary that were not found anywhere in anything that the reviewers wrote.

    Bonuses at least for junior people seemed to relate directly to the number of hours billed and not quality of work / review rating.

    Junior people in the IP department were not valued by the firm as a whole, despite how much we brought in for the firm compared to our salaries. Compared to other law firms in Boston and New York, the commitment to the firm expected before the firm would even consider sending someone to law school was much greater.

    There were some unpleasant office politics largely stemming from certain difficult persons in positions of power (who seem to have left firm by now)... but overall it seems to take management a long time to "encourage" such persons to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Treat junior people in IP department as a valuable part of the firm


  6. "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 2nd-Year in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney, 2nd-Year in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The single office makes Choate a collegial place to work. The partners take the time to meet and get to know the associates.

    Cons

    The hours are long, as at any firm. Some of the partners can be a bit difficult to work with. The benefits package for associates is not as generous as at many other firms in Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I'm very happy with the firm, the communication from management, and the opportunities for growth and promotion. Revisit the benefits package and consider matching the offerings provided by other Boston firms.


  7. "Great firm, but below market bonuses."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time

    Pros

    Great people - particularly the associates and staff.

    Cons

    The firm does not pay market bonuses even though the firm has had record profits for several years in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on associate development. Revise compensation policies.


  8. "Not a good culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better than some places, seems like they try but it's not genuine. Benefits are pretty good, again depends on what you're used to.

    Cons

    Stuffy, don't like to promote people, zero diversity, they say it's a collaborative environment but it isn't. Very hierarchical, not in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people, get feedback from various departments and groups. Implement the feedback, and emphasize that the firm is a team. Excluding people and watching upper-level people talk down to lower levels kills morale and doesn't send a good message. The most successful companies do not operate this way. Value your employees and they will be more motivated and loyal.


  9. "None"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    No growth with this company


  10. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture; collegial work environment
    Nice office and great resources
    Competitive pay
    Great vacation time policy

    Cons

    High workload but as expected at a top law firm


  11. "Great company, old-school mentality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Choate Hall & Stewart full-time

    Pros

    The firm feels like a small community. Everyone works really hard with the common goal of providing the best service possible for our clients.

    Cons

    Most aspects of the firm are stuck in old-school methods. It's harder for young professionals to come in and be taken seriously.


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