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Updated May 27, 2019

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Goodwin CEO David Hashmall
David Hashmall
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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. 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
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Team Lead"

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

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time for 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.

    Goodwin2017-07-06
  3. Helpful (3)

    "[Marketing] Stepping stone"

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

    I worked at Goodwin 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,...

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    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.

    Goodwin2017-06-29
  4. "Beautiful offices, good people."

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin part-time for 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!

    Goodwin2017-05-04
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Manager of Compensation in Millbury, MA

    I worked at Goodwin for 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.

    Goodwin2016-12-27
  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time for 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.

    Goodwin2016-09-16
  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time

    Pros

    Great people who you like to see every day. Very collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    With all law firms the hours aren't great and there isn't a lot of transparency around bonus, reviews, fiscal health, room for advancement, etc.

    Goodwin2016-08-16
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Goodwin full-time

    Pros

    Nice, normal people, law firm salary, relatively relaxed atmosphere for a law firm. Hours are not as crazy as at other firms. Summers are mostly just expected to attend social events, plan lunches, be kind and positive, and do a good job on assignments. Not a very high bar.

    Cons

    The relaxed atmosphere may produce a disconnect between people who are here to have fun and those who are really striving for excellence at the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting could do a better job of setting their tone. For example, requiring attendance at social events suggests that the firm takes social events more seriously than work.

    Goodwin2016-07-10
  9. "Chief Operating Officer"

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    Current Employee - Chief Operating Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and great law firm

    Cons

    There are none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Goodwin2016-01-23
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Would not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodwin for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to work independently and self-manage. A lot of freedom to work creatively on your own.

    Cons

    Management is terrible, and salary is extremely low in comparison to other law firms. Yearly Bonus is basically non-existent. They overwork the good employees and make excuses for the employees who do not deserve to be there. They loose so many good employees because they refuse to reward good work ethic and commitment. Its a struggle to get a promotion or pay increase. The...

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    Goodwin2015-12-20
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