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3.3
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53%
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83%
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Goodwin CEO David Hashmall
David Hashmall
29 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits programs, investment in employee professional staff development, communication with employees strong(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great benefits package, 24 hour admin help available for attys(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with any other large law firm, the hours can be tough at times(in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours and sometimes weekend work(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Best Job Ever!"

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    Former Employee - Research Services Co-op in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin full-time

    Pros

    Tons of autonomy Open and encouraging work environment Fulfilling work

    Cons

    Some days were slower than others

    Goodwin2019-03-12
  2. "Good firm if you like big law"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great training, work for sophisticated clients, intelligent colleagues, great benefits and amenities

    Cons

    No work-life balance, lack of transparency in partnership process

    Goodwin2019-04-13
  3. "Be warned long hours"

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    Current Employee - Staff - Non Attorney in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great benefits Nice offices Much better for attorneys - a lot of perks

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours Management only looks out for attorneys Management does not care about work/life balance Short staffed and lots of pressure to work the job of several

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your other staff supports attorneys.

    Goodwin2019-04-05
  4. "Great Place - Very Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodwin full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work

    Cons

    Managing is a bit iffy

    Goodwin2019-04-04
  5. "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Forklift Operator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of over time

    Cons

    None right now that I can think of

    Goodwin2019-03-04
  6. "West Coast Offices Fine; East Coast Offices Better"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Goodwin full-time

      Pros

      Pros: Generally great, very smart people; offices are beautiful; work is top notch

      Cons

      Cons: West Coast offices are definitely satellite offices, the money and the power are in the East Coast so good luck making partner if you are in the West Coast.

      Goodwin2018-12-13
    • Helpful (8)

      "Stay away...you’ve been warned!"

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

      I have been working at Goodwin full-time

      Pros

      - healthcare/dental benefits - good PTO package - new modern looking offices

      Cons

      - poor leadership: people “in charge” aren’t very knowledgeable, no strategic thinking involved in decision making. They mostly just micromanage and pretend to know what’s going on. - bad firm culture: from lack of transparency to lack of respect for “staff” employees. The only thing that matters is making the partners happy. The answer is always “yes” to the partners, regardless of the request. - salary: for...

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      Advice to Management

      None, they don’t take advice and won’t change.

      Goodwin2018-10-18
    • "Attorney - Staff"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Goodwin full-time

      Pros

      Benefits are great and the people you work with are great too

      Cons

      The time you’ve spent with the firm isn’t acknowledged. Unnecessarily bureaucratic. Difficult to gain further advancement.

      Goodwin2018-10-05
    • "Legal Assistant"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Goodwin full-time

        Pros

        Great on the job training; high levels of project ownership expected of legal assistants; developing a relationship with a mentor was encouraged; daily tasks varied widely; client base was from a multitude of different industries, which provided for exposures to many legal topics

        Cons

        Steep learning curve; sometimes hours were a lot

        Goodwin2018-09-26
      • Helpful (2)

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I have been working at Goodwin full-time

        Pros

        If you are a favorite (be it attorney or professional staff), career advancement opportunities are endless.

        Cons

        Compensation for professional staff is below market average, benefits are both terrible and expensive, clear misappropriation of resources, overall severe lack of resources available, favoritism is HUGE... the list just doesn't seem to end.

        Advice to Management

        Invest in your employees, not just upper management.

        Goodwin2018-10-19
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