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DLA Piper Reviews

Updated October 17, 2018
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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
67 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Relative work/life balance in this position" (in 8 reviews)

  • "good pay, good location, great benefits" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance makes it impossible to use those great benefits" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours and unbalanced workload" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "LTS"

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

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, great support

    Cons

    None that come to mind.


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours. Upper management can be dismissive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful to staff.

  3. "Of Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity resources, international platforms providing opportunities to cross-sell.

    Cons

    Complicated politics (partnership promotion, credit, new business intake) due to large size. Needs a better associate program/pipeline to match the right talents with the appropriate practice group (retention problems).


  4. "Partner"

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

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good global footprint, experts in a variety of areas

    Cons

    Big conflict shadow. Lots of lateral movement in and out.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Run from this place"

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

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    For those who are good at negotiating salaries, there is the appeal of a more than average paycheck. They will also promise you the world to get you to sign. Beware, if it's not in your contract, you have been duped.

    Cons

    It is the absolute worst place I have ever worked at. In my 20 year career I have never seen people treated as poorly as they are at DLA Piper.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a massive culture overhaul if you want to retain anyone other than the mediocre clock watchers.


  6. "Great"

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

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Supervisors are supportive and everyone wants you to succeed.

    Cons

    It's a big company and departments can sometimes be overwhelmed by the amount of work requests.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great work and a feeling of home. All the attorneys for the most part are really great to work with. The majority of the partners were friendly and down to earth people. I supported 2 senior partners and 1 associate. When I was there, there were numerous events that went on throughout the year such as monthly wellness seminars, firm picnics and holiday parties. There is always room to improve your IT skills with computer training webinars offered every month by the highly competent Help Desk Training Team. DLA has great benefits such as medical, dental, vision, 401k, life, yearly merit bonus and even a turkey or champagne at Thanksgiving! DLA was awesome when I was there! I'm sure it's still 5 star quality!

    Cons

    They had great HR when I was there, and then they didn't. I left at the turn of new HR which brought morale down very low. Since I left, I heard there was another turn over in HR and it is once again top notch.

  8. "Attorney"

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

    I have been working at DLA Piper part-time

    Pros

    Global firm with offices and colleagues everywhere.

    Cons

    Having to do hourly billing.


  9. "Client Account Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at DLA Piper (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Please bring some of us back. I'm still giving you 5 stars because I still believe in this company I had the pleasure to work 6 years for. I do see Openings for Billing Team Specialists, however, its not the same. Please bring a few of us back!!!! New York

    Cons

    So sad to see such bad reviews, I know DLA Piper is better than what's being posted. Although it's highly unlikely DLA would bring a few of us back, I'm still rooting for this incredible firm.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overwhelmingly Unimpressed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Century City location; nicely appointed office spaces (well-lit & modern); Friday breakfasts; several very memorably nice co-workers

    Cons

    Arrogant litigation attorneys: one partner, in particular, openly disparaged his secretary of 25+ years to his underlings within my (unacknowledged) presence; bullying secretarial staff members ("pow wows" anyone?); otherwise dismissive, disrespectful co-workers; grossly unprofessional HR admin. whom I understand has since been replaced & moved onto another, smaller firm

    Advice to Management

    Value those who serve you well; rid yourselves of those who don't


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