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Foley & Lardner Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Firm (Corporate); good pay and benefits; incentives and beautiful office (in 6 reviews)

  • The firm offers great benefits package (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low morale, attorneys are difficult and demanding, no room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor compensation/raises, upper management not very organized, entire system is flawed, no room for growth (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Associate in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This firm has great pay.

    Cons

    no focused on diversity


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Staff in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm offers great benefits package.

    Cons

    Not very flexible on taking time to go to medical appointments, haven't given raises in several years, no incentives to continue to work, low work morale.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on developing a better relationship with staff and start providing your employees with incentives.


  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many great lawyers and top tier practices

    Cons

    Milwaukee is not an accurate representation of most US big law centers of power

    Advice to Management

    Doing well in a tough market


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Has Lost Its Way"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a very nice place to work....Lack of strategic direction and focus has begun to take its toll.

    Cons

    Lack of a cohesive and strong leadership team
    Lacks professional development for non-attorney professionals
    Loads of cost-cutting to bolster revenue

    Advice to Management

    -Be Strong
    -Learn to Focus
    -Take calculated risks
    -Develop a real strategy and engage all in the execution
    -Figure out who wants to be near and long term
    -Adopt best practices from similarly situated but more successful organizations


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do yourself a favor...Don't."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately none to do with work.
    Free bottled water, free Friday lunch if you chose to give up your own lunch.

    Cons

    A lot of expectation with little direction and corrective action if you don't get it right; be prepared.
    Office Manager has a disturbing contentment in stirring up trouble without review while being confrontational. There is a consensus in the firm regarding this person but people are afraid. Staff seem to be considered "less than" in comparison to attorneys. Zero support from HR.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees - they came to your company for a reason
    Encourage professional growth
    Lead by example.
    Be more humane and treat your staff like professionals noone cares about the free lunches - it doesn't make up for the poor treatment.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible place to work!"

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    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sadly, the pros are not about treatment, environment or career path, but of the benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Terrible and nearly non-existent on-boarding planning and success strategy to ensure success of new employees. Months pass before provided firm training in order to be successful in job to meet role related requirements. Low morale and esteem in the work place and many are very distrusting of the HR Dept. who they turn to for assistance but only get cheerleading and the smile and nod but no substantial support for issues with some reporting verbal aggressiveness and abuse by peer to peer workers.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your HR Dept. knows how to do the very basics and essentials in proper and timely on-boarding, training, guidance and support to all new hires. My experience was EPIC in its failure of the most basic of needs as a new employee in order to be supported and successful in coming on board into my role.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible employer"

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    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, strong 401k plan, most of the peer to peer work relationships are positive and supportive but there are enough vindictive people who drag morale way down.

    Cons

    Poor on-boarding and preparation for new employees. Dragging through months of workflow with very little proper training. Bully mentality of HR Dept. which pulls employee morale down. Shoot first ask questions later kind of approach when issues arise. Big on cheerleading but does not deliver substantial assistance when employees need and seek career assistance. Completely lost and oblivious HR Dept. in the Madison office and many of the employees know it and discuss it.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have a clear pathway to success when bringing all new employees on board. Make sure clear directions are provided to new employees to ensure their success. Work with your HR Depts. to make sure they are listening and acting on issues that are repeatedly reported to them instead of seemingly doing nothing. Make sure new employees know fully the TRUE responsibilities of their role through accurate and honest job descriptions on various job sites that speak to the necessary experience required but also the real expectations of each role. There is next to NO WORK LIFE BALANCE at this firm. If you have a life, a family, or other outside interests, this is definitely not the place for you. They own you and treat you as such.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the staff is great and helpful technology training.

    Cons

    The firm has been cost cutting which has lead to a high turnover. Whether some of the staff have been laid off, let go or those who have quit. Very unprofessional and secretive. They no longer value its staff as you have become simply a number. There is no longer a Team mentality. No morale.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice as they only listen to what benefits the higher management and the attorneys' pockets.


  10. "Great people - relaxed culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, relaxed culture, people are happy

    Cons

    low bonuses compared to market, fail to raise salaries with market
    senior management does not communicate well -

    Advice to Management

    Saving a few 100ks in salaries is not worth having a reputation in the market that you do not compete with peer firms. Pennywise Pound foolish!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Foley for five years. In the beginning, it was very welcoming and the focal point was such as a professional team in all aspects.

    Cons

    As time went on, Foley became very unprofessional and secretive about the downward spiral, up until the decision was made to cut staff. The staff cutting was very favorable according to who was who, etc. Especially for the ones who were telling and stating what they thought management wanted to hear, just like a lap ......and to try to find something of the least to terminate someone due to the staff cut was so demeaning and unprofessional, that it was just blatant, terminating two and three assistants in one day....I'll continue to pray for Foley....

    Advice to Management

    More professional training and diversity in all areas....


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