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DLA Piper Reviews

Updated December 7, 2018
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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 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours and unbalanced workload" (in 26 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. "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

  3. "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!


  4. "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


  5. "Culture of the firm and Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Advanced databases and software to conduct daily duties.

    Cons

    Can terminate you without investigating employee harassment

    Advice to Management

    Can lose dedicated employees of the legal industry without investigating harassment of employees. Large group of bullies in the NYC office.


  6. "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.


  7. "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).

    DLA Piper Response

    Oct 23, 2018 – Senior Manager Corporate HR

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We're aware that navigating a large geographically diverse company can occasionally be difficult to manage, but we hope our employees feel... More

  8. "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.

    DLA Piper Response

    Oct 23, 2018 – Senior Manager Corporate HR

    Thank for your taking the time to write this review - we appreciate your feedback.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "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.