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Duane Morris Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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  1. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people and great office environment.

    Cons

    There really are no cons.


  2. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Hamilton, NJ
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Hamilton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of little employee perks like free beverages and often even free lunch with trainings or meetings. Overtime pay for working extended hours, which included dinner if there after 7 pm and for those in a major city, free personal transportation Home. Also vacation and sick time allotments were generous as well as holidays.

    Cons

    Office morale was depressing. Workloads were reassigned so often because of attorney insecurities and demeanors it was often difficult to build rapports. Ineffective employees were not held accountable and those with a great work ethic were overworked without additional compensation. Attorneys never planned their schedules efficiently and could care less about support staff getting home to see their own families (good thing we received OT). The attorney-to-Assistant ratio was often overwhelming where partners would literally fight for help.

    Advice to Management

    Train your attorneys how to properly treat and assign work to subordinates. Stop permitting attorney competition to interfere with the normal business day/staff assignments. Recognize problem attorneys who have high staff turnover and reprimand them - NOT your support staff. A law degree is not permission to mistreat anyone who doesn’t have one.

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    "Big Law Work for Low Law Pay"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    offices are nice and firm has an retreat each year where all the attorneys meet and mingle.

    Cons

    Duane Morris either ignores or is ignorant to rampant morale issues that plague the major offices. Morale is poor because non-equity partner compensation is about half of what senior associates earn (when you include their bonus) at other law firms. Associate bonuses are exponentially below market and although the firm starts associate compensation close to market ($165k), annual increases are are not even close to market ($5k to $10k each year). The longer you stay at this firm the more money you will lose compared to colleagues at other big law firms.

    Firm's stated business model is to pay as little as possible to stay competitive within the middle market, notwithstanding that lower tier and regional firms pay significantly more.

    Advice to Management

    This firm is one of the few remaining that insists on keeping everything secret, which causes dissatisfaction among associates and the non-equity partnership. Increase pay and use at transparent comp system for partners and associates.


  4. "eDiscovery Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duane Morris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great firm to work for.

    Cons

    You will work a lot of hours


  5. "Great employer"

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

    I have been working at Duane Morris full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and lots of great people

    Cons

    No growth or upward mobility opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and retain talent


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and competitive pay

    Cons

    Hard to advance in your career


  7. "Records Processor for Trial Group"

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    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duane Morris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment! Everyone is pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    I haven't really seen anything negative

  8. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duane Morris full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always being challenged, nice people, beautiful office spaces, great salary and benefis

    Cons

    High work load in some departments

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "None"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duane Morris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, recommended

    Cons

    There are none, extremely productive

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. "Paralegal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Paralegal Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with an experienced team of attorneys
    Able to work independently
    Positive feedback, and will let you know what to work on

    Cons

    Worked on a different floor than my team

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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