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DLA Piper Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
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Pros
  • Great Benefits, currently in a good location (in 9 reviews)

  • Amazing law firm, worked in the regions and I will still handling the work of a city lawyer in London (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance is enigszins uit verhouding (in 15 reviews)

  • Long hours and hard work, although partners were the hardest working of the lot (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Congenial Workplace Environment; but bring you A-Game!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diversity and Inclusion; great workplace; all professionals here; an array of resources available to assist you on day-to-day basis. Secretarial staff are team-oriented. Free breakfast on Fridays.

    Cons

    Workload ratios can be challenging
    Workload ratios can be challenging
    Workload ratios can be challenging
    Workload ratios can be challenging
    Workload ratios can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying Christmas bonuses to Staff in December, in lieu of January of the following year.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big-law market pay; decent bonuses; nice offices (generally); ability to work remotely from various offices; diverse work opportunities due to firm size and breadth.

    Cons

    Little culture; much scrutiny/discussion about hours; few training opportunities.


  3. "Great place to work!"

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    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 DLA Piper part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, down-to-earth people. Everyone has the mentality to chip in and do what it takes to get things done ... and the firm recognizes and rewards hard work.

    Cons

    A cafeteria would be a nice perk!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "No Community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel, cases are staffed leanly and therefore associates can get deposition and trial experience, firm places little emphasis on "face time" (also can be a con).

    Cons

    High turnover (both partners and associates), few partners are interested in mentoring associates, firm feels very disjointed - like 200 mini-firms operating under one name, amount of red tape is head-spinning.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create more of a sense of community among partners and associates. Require that partners spend at least 50% of their time in the office when not traveling in order to increase communication and mentoring among partners and associates.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Got weird"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    So many attorneys have left, the NY office is a ghost town. Non-attorneys do random tasks for attorneys in other offices on an emergency basis. It's demoralizing to have no connection to cases anymore, no face-to-face working relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bean-counting and figure out what will make ALL your staff feel like they have a stake.


  7. "Great place if you're an attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    short commute, ping pong table, co-workers

    Cons

    absolutely no growth path; cost saving initiatives always targeting non-attorney staff


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! You really learn a lot a an intern and the attorneys provide you with engaging opportunities and assignments. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested exploring a career in the legal industry.

    Cons

    No cons! The only con is there are so many free lunches due to firm-wide events that I probably gained a bit of weight during my time there!


  9. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big growth plans, and very well defined specialties. The firm has a great brand and is very well know in the marketplace.

    Cons

    The department I worked in felt seperate from the firm overall, but I only worked there for a short time. The position I was hired for accomplished our goals quicker than expected

    Advice to Management

    No real advice to add, because it has been a long time since I worked here. they are still very well known and have a great reputation in the marketplace. I'd imagine its a prestigious resume line.


  10. "Legal secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Treat employees well. Have great events and benefits were okay.

    Cons

    Got too big too fast

    Advice to Management

    Slow down


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Employment Lawyer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DLA is a global law firm with great people, top notch clients and challenging work. It is a tremendous place to practice law and people here are generally happy.

    Cons

    Law is a demanding profession and the work life balance issue is one that is very difficult to balance with the current law firm economic model. It's a very large firm and there are aspects of large law firms that aren't for everybody.



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