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Goodwin Procter Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits programs, investment in employee professional staff development, communication with employees strong (in 8 reviews)

  • Combines perks of well-established law firm with start-up growth mentality of newer practice areas (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • At the end of the day, it IS still a law firm (in 12 reviews)

  • The usual big law downfalls: poor raises; long hours; friendlier than most firms to families, but still not excellent work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place for Lazy People"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    profit sharing, flexible workload, minimal supervision

    Cons

    poor training for new attorneys, preferential treatment

    Advice to Management

    Check the behavior of your partners


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices and current software

    Cons

    Dead end job and inept management

  3. "Professional Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    Really great firm that provides lots of benefits to employees!

    Cons

    Work environment is a tad bit dull


  4. "Work hard, play hard!"

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

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic work with superb client base
    - Surrounded by smart, friendly people

    Cons

    - Long hours and sometimes weekend work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  5. "Goodwin is good, as law firms go"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin Procter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively laid-back and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    You will work nights and weekends


  6. "Team Lead"

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for over 20 years and really like it. A law firm is a law firm, there is no way around it. They have been flexible with me with my hours over the years and recognize those who work hard.

    Cons

    Sometimes they bring in new management that just doesn't "fit." It takes 3-5 years to weed these people out. Wish they would pay more attention to issues if the issues arise with employees who previously never had issues

    Advice to Management

    Carry on. I love working here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "[Marketing] Stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, partners and leadership are appreciative and nice. Your mileage may vary depending on the BU/geography. From a marketing perspective, it was energizing to see the publicity resulting from deals. You're exposed to projects across the spectrum, and there's definitely the potential to develop a transferable skill set. The new brand is sharp, modern and IMO stands out from other firms. New offices are sleek, and in Boston especially you can feel the energy.

    Cons

    Data entry^infinity. A lot of churn, so perpetually short staffed, resulting in a tactical approach instead of strategic. Extremely hierarchical/top down, with little to no growth opportunities. Much surface-level ado over buzzwords such as "collaborative." At the end of the day, it IS still a law firm.

  8. "Lowly Admin Staff Experience"

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, loved my department and my colleagues

    Cons

    Lawyers were very formal and brusque but that's to be expected

    Advice to Management

    Ensure everyone is having a pleasant time, not just the lawyers but administrative staff that support the work as well.


  9. "Beautiful offices, good people."

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    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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Legal secretary"

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

    I worked at Goodwin Procter full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice people

    Cons

    Location and little opportunity to advance


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