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Goodwin Procter Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits programs, investment in employee professional staff development, communication with employees strong (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people who you like to see every day (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, lack of training (in 7 reviews)

  • Nothing different from any Big Law firm (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Beautiful offices, good people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fringe benefits, beautiful seaport district offices, many in office celebrations that promote camaraderie. Great benefits package, 24 hour admin help available for attys. Able to easily telecommute when needed.

    Cons

    As with any other large law firm, the hours can be tough at times. No other cons come to mind!


  2. "Senior Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The new Boston office is great.

    Cons

    The location in the Seaport is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. "Pay was good but unpleasant to work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time and sick time was good can carry it over and benefits were great. This was only good thing about working here.

    Cons

    Administrative and Hr not great. Not a good place to work I will only give one star. Boston accounting are not nice at all

    Advice to Management

    They don't back you up. They will throw you under the bus.


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  5. "Law Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Compensation in Millbury, MA
    Former Employee - Manager of Compensation in Millbury, MA

    I worked at Goodwin Procter (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location to train station is favorable.

    Cons

    Even though Goodwin wants to be a law firm, their roots will always be legal.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with excellent benefits. Most legal assistants have been here for 15 plus years.

    Cons

    Heavy upper management and I think they could do away with many and create opportunities for others


  7. "I liked working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate, Business Law in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate, Business Law in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A nice firm. Nice, very smart and dedicated people, most of whom care about your career.

    Cons

    Sometimes advancement opportunities can be less than transparent. Also surprise layoffs from time to time with little transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you're doing. Goodwin is a nice place.


  8. "Great Place For Former Practicing Lawyers To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the leadership that I deal with treats staff with respect and encourages them to grow professionally. There are a lot of smart lawyers who work there, of course, and most have fairly decent people skills. It's a growing organization, one that should have a better shot than most at weathering the coming storms facing the legal profession.

    Cons

    You are working in a business owned by lawyers. So don't expect there to be a lot of R&D money floating around. Decision-making is somewhat decentralized, although that is changing somewhat, and that can have advantages and disadvantages.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There isn't much positive at this firm

    Cons

    Low pay, awful management, mean attorneys

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate professional staff


  10. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Combines perks of well-established law firm with start-up growth mentality of newer practice areas. Smart, kind people. The firm places a premium on collaboration and collegiality. It's not a hierarchical place as law firms go.

    Cons

    The self-starter attitude isn't for everyone. People who can't be independent or aren't self-starters typically don't do as well here.


  11. "Great Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A fantastic place to work

    Cons

    I wish my commute was shorter

    Advice to Management

    None


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