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Duane Morris Reviews

Updated September 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Nice people and partners/senior lawyers who treat juniors like equals" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Great people, interesting work, lots of responsibly" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with any big law firms, some people are cold but others are great" (in 3 reviews)

  • "No cons to report for our group" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Opportunities with The Tax Accounting Group"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to learn and grow as The Tax Accounting Group ("TAG") was the first ancillary practice of Duane Morris LLP and is one of the largest tax, accounting and litigation consulting groups affiliated with any law firm in the United States. TAG has an active and diverse practice with over 60 service lines in more than 45 industries, and serves clients in nearly every state and 25 foreign countries. TAG's certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, chartered financial analysts, financial consultants and advisors provide a broad range of cost-effective tax preparation, planning and consulting services as well as accounting, financial and management advisory services to individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and nonprofit organizations.

    TAG also provides an array of litigation consulting services to lawyers and law firms representing clients in regulatory and transactional matters and throughout various stages of litigation.

    Cons

    No cons to report for our group.


  2. "Attorney"

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

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time

    Pros

    Pretty offices in big cities all over the world

    Cons

    Lawyers are islands unto themselves. Very little actual cross marketing.

  3. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time

    Pros

    The attorneys that I worked with were very passionate and kind! Made the experience enjoyable.

    Cons

    The work wasn't all too challenging.


  4. "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people and partners/senior lawyers who treat juniors like equals

    Cons

    Not enough work, not enough hands on experience and effort to help associates establish book of clients


  5. "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.


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duane Morris full-time

    Pros

    I cannot really think of any pros of working there.

    Cons

    Terrible moral; staff was miserable and clicky


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. "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


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