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DLA Piper Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
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Pros
  • Flexibility and work life balance are outstanding (in 6 reviews)

  • good pay, good location, great benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance is enigszins uit verhouding (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours and unbalanced workload (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "THE Global Law Firm"

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Top work and great resources.

    Slow to get there but, generally, market matching pay and good bonuses.

    Incredible international pro bono opportunities.

    Dynamic and fluid interoffice and international matter staffing and workflow.

    Cons

    Contracting legal market, increase pressure on staff efficiency, cost-cutting, work sharing among offices.

    Advice to Management

    Should do much better job in placing associates and alumni in post firm employment.


  2. "Solid job with great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and tons of overtime, offices word wide, generous maternity leave and insurance. Some very smart partners. Beautiful offices. Typical Silicon Valley high tech firm but more international.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted, many come and go, several strong personalities, not many forms and not much training provided but this forces you to learn quickly on your own and build your teams.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to get promoted

  3. "Was a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with.

    Cons

    Moving a lot of staff positions to lower cost markets.


  4. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and great perks. The pay is good. Opportunity to work remotely. They embrace innovative ideas. The idea of having a lasting career with the company is attractive.

    Cons

    Key players in office politics make it difficult to want to stay with the company. Very clique-ish. They proudly over-use phrases like "mature mentality" and "polished professional" but are the first ones to act otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what is actually going on rather than what you are being told. Be honest with your feedback. When asked for your confidence do not betray it. Do drug screens.


  5. "Undergraduate Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great internship, plenty of oppurtunities to network. Lots of free food and developmental sessions. Good oppurtunity to gain real world big law experience.

    Cons

    Not necassarily a con: Have to put effort into meeting people and getting involved in projects to remain busy. Otherwise there are times of nothing to do.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    DLA offers a generous benefits package

    Cons

    Pervasive "big brother" mentality exists.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very Busy, Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Good work, quality clients, busy practice

    Cons

    Long hours as to be expected

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

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

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Didn't work their long enough

    Cons

    NO Training, no work life balance


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DLA Piper part-time

    Pros

    the people, compensation, and openness to alternative work schedules

    Cons

    the billable hour requirement and work life balance is a challenge


  10. "A growing, collaborative environment"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady and good people. Comfortable environment. Food and special celebrations. Collaborative team focused regional support. Global company with a strong presence

    Cons

    No room for growth or advancement. No opportunity. When a door opens there is no communication or assistance offered to help you move forward. No tuition or certification reimbursement.

    Advice to Management

    Offer tuition reimbursement and the opportunity to develop a path to advancing your career


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