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Fredrikson & Byron Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "attorney position"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some groups are cohesive and work in teams

    Cons

    you eat what you kill
    no one works to share billable work with you unless its in their interest


  2. "Shareholder"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shareholder in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Shareholder in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large full service law firm with very competent attorneys and paralegals.

    Cons

    Shareholder compensation is pretty much "eat what you kill."

    Advice to Management

    Top management/chair, president, etc. should have term limits, even if the terms are long. Current Management has been in place too long. They are all close friends.


  3. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay; variety; nice offices.

    Cons

    Way too many cliques. Staff gossips and doesn't like new people.

    Advice to Management

    Team building.


  4. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices, plenty of food, some folks were pleasant enough, but not many of them.

    Cons

    No real culture, no one you would want to spend more than 5 minutes with work there. It's always quiet, tomb like.


  5. "Litigation support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The firm has sound vision and works to communicate this across the organization. There is opportunity for advancement and professional development.

    Cons

    Law firm is what it is, probably at any firm, and isn't for those who want a work-life balance, especially in the early years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate organizational goals and strategies. Continue to recognize and incentivize those both timekeepers and support staff who move the organization forward.


  6. "This place is a very hard place to work."

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    Former Employee - Receptionist/Office Clerk in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Office Clerk in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Christmas bonus and yearly raises

    Cons

    Very unappricative employers. A very hard job to say the least. They want a lot from you and sometimes forget that you are in fact an actual human being!!


  7. "Fredrikson has provided opportunities and support to advance my legal career over many years."

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I was a new attorney, my supervisors (in multiple departments) were excellent. I felt more like a "partner in training" rather than an anonymous workhorse.

    Flexible: After 2 years I decided I did not want to be an employment attorney. The firm was great, and supported my move to corporate / technology.

    The firm encouraged and facilitated my getting involved in multiple non-profit boards.

    Full disclosure: I'm a shareholder now at Fredrikson and have been here for 18 years. So, technically, I"m "management."

    Cons

    Long-term success at a larger law firm is demanding and hard work. It requires many skill sets in addition to being a smart attorney.

    I also believe that a growing proportion of very interesting and sophistocated work is being done by in-house legal counsel. And when you are in-house, you can see the fruits of your labor.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It is a financially, well-managed law firm."

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do manage an appropriate level of staffing and services to reasonably respond to client demands.

    Cons

    Salaries are definitely not the most competitive for non-attorney staff.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the non-attorney salaries to be more market-competitive. Human Resources needs to improve on hearing and appropriately responding to non-attorney staff concerns.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for an associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fredrikson & Byron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, good/friendly culture, lots of mentoring opportunities, good training opportuninies

    Cons

    Not much negative to say. Heavy workload and disorganized in hiring help


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large firm with many choices for working in various areas of law. Also with a large firm there are many choices for assignments and opportunities to change areas of legal practive for legal administrative assistants. Reviews are done yearly and feedback is given. Salaries appear to be competitive among the other large law firms in the city. Flexible scheduling is also available and the work enviroment is social and friendly. Also there are not only lots of client services available but also in-house services to assist support staff to allow them to be as efficient as possible.

    Cons

    Large firm enviroment can be daunting at first and does take time to get used to.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


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