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DLA Piper Reviews

Updated February 8, 2019
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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
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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 24 reviews)

  • "Long hours, stressful, not sure if everything is equal" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Honestly, great company, great management and the partners were happy to teach you

    Cons

    Wasn’t really any to be honest, maybe long hours


  2. "Management Stingy"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and work from home options

    Cons

    Pays below market salaries and doesn't give raises.

  3. "Great attorneys, stay FAR away from Legal Support Department"

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    Current Employee - Legal Support in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Support in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    In DLA Piper you will have access to some very influential people in this country and some very kind, generous, awesome folks. The attorneys and partners for the most part are very gracious and respectable. Make relationships with intellectual people. I highly recommend DLA piper to surround yourself with intellectual and inspired people so you can take that and grow yourself.

    Cons

    If you are looking into any positions such as secretary or legal assistant, stay away! The lower end managers have zero training and are very incompetent and their insecurity shows in their work. They will make your life hell if they can and are very easily threatened. There are favorites of these “managers” who make up stories to help them. If you want a job to help grow your skin, I suppose you can consider this department.

    Advice to Management

    Please train legal support managers how to control their emotions and train them to avoid creating hostile work environments. Please hire competent managers. Please hire educated people and screen for behavior and mental issues. Thank you for incorporating diversity and inclusion training, but please also consider reserve racism training.


  4. "Avoid at all costs!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There isn’t any except sometimes free left over food

    Cons

    Management are figure heads that hold no authority as the partners dictate what happens in offices. Turnover is high, low pay not even competitive in the market, stressful work, staff are treated horribly, borderline harassment, and you only survive if favorited. You can’t say anything since you see people terminated all the time for nothing. Good workers leave. There are many opportunities in companies elsewhere so stay away from this law firm.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn’t listen to anything anyway. Old school law firm mentality.


  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Collegial environment, training, experience with clients

    Cons

    Not enough support, lack of resources


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Promotes within, nice people, great pay!

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable environment, always decreasing benefits"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support
    Former Employee - Administrative Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, nice clean office

    Cons

    Many people losing their jobs. They are moving most administrative jobs to Tampa. Unless you are already in Tampa your job is not safe.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff. Department heads are afraid of the CEO. A lot of unhappy people.

  8. "Good opportunity to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Worked there over the summer - partners were happy to spend time talking over things and teaching.

    Cons

    Sometimes there was a difference in how lawyers/staff were treated


  9. "Great firm!"

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very approachable partners.
    Team work.
    Interesting work.
    Many company events.
    Networking.

    Cons

    None. Working for DLA was an amazing experience!


  10. "HR Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule, ample benefits

    Cons

    Inconsistencies with upper management rules and regulations, hyper-stressful environments, little room for continued learning and growth