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Foley & Lardner Reviews

Updated December 3, 2017
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  • 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. "Attorney"

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

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Hours are pretty good for big law.

    Cons

    Bonuses are below market.


  2. "My last law firm...ever!"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was good. Local offices can be much more laid back than others. Staff themselves are outstanding. You will love your peers here, but not so much your bosses.

    Cons

    1. Business Development is a joke. They’re growing mostly through laterals, and we all know how that goes

    2. Weak executive and pre-executive leadership. There are a LOT of people just trying to make it to retirement, who don’t want to rock the boat, even when it’s obvious the firm is about to hit a rock.

    3. Baby boomer partners need to go. I mean all of them. They, like the executives, only have a few years left, and they’re doing little to nothing about succession. It’s “me me me” all the time.

    Advice to Management

    If Blane can be allowed to do what he says he wants to do, you might have a snowball’s chance in hell.

    Time to move out of the Midwest. These flyover state senior types think they always know the best way to do everything.

    Cut attorney pay and build up a bank of operating costs to reduce volatility risk. Stop looting the firm every year and then telling staff there’s no room for raises.

  3. "IP Transfers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time

    Pros

    Laid-back atmosphere. Cafe on site. Good benefits

    Cons

    Too much back-stabbing created by management culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of how managers treats staff


  4. "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance and able to work remotely

    Cons

    Non-market salary, unclear bonus structure and dysfunctional


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Mid size company.

    Cons

    Attorney centered environment. Support Staff simply there to assist.


  6. "Administration"

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

    I worked at Foley & Lardner full-time

    Pros

    Good lawyers, smart people, nice working environment. I enjoyed my time at Foley.

    Cons

    Large corporate firm that takes a very long time to make important decisions. Sometimes difficult to affect needed change.

    Advice to Management

    Empower managers and hold them accountable for their decisions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Little Work Life Balance, Stressful Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Foley & Lardner full-time

    Pros

    -Location in Washington, DC
    -Free shuttle service
    -View of Potomac River
    -Some thoughtful and hardworking employees

    Cons

    -Understaffed
    -Associates and paraprofessionals expected to work over time, until 7-8 pm, on a daily basis without proper compensation
    -Problem to leave at the end of standard workday hours or to take lunch away from desk
    -Some employees hostile when asked questions
    -Workflow mismanaged
    -Management is not caring
    -Meat grinder environment
    -Unnecessary inefficiencies
    -Low workplace morale
    -One to two employees fired on a weekly basis without sufficient reason- one higher ranking employee only has to say one unflattering thing. Few employee protections
    -Toxic coworkers not reined in
    -Would not recommend

    Advice to Management

    Review structural organization to limit waste, have proper staffing, and protect employees. Quantity of work limits quality.

  8. "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Partner in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foley & Lardner (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Firm has smart and dedicated lawyers and staff. Professional development is above average.

    Cons

    Management and its decision making is insular and can be slow to make big changes that might upset status quo. It is a conservative process.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, good training and resources. Parking is provided.

    Cons

    Low salaries with very low to no raises for staff except upper management and attorneys who get absorbent raises. Through the years, benefits have been dropped, the medical plans have decreased and their cost has increased. Staff leaves and no replacement is hired and more attorneys are added. Attorneys and staff are very divided.

    Advice to Management

    Get out now.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sweat Shop Environment"

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    Current Employee - IP Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IP Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location is beautiful. Firm cafe is nice.

    Cons

    Staff is worked to the point of having serious mental breakdowns. Short staffed. Months of idleness before training is provided. Then it is sink or swim. Lot of nepotism between management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff. Provide hands on training.


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