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Updated February 13, 2018
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Hogan Lovells CEO Stephen J. Immelt
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Pros
  • Friendly, great clients, interesting work (in 12 reviews)

  • Mostly friendly culture, decent work life balance compared to other big firms, decent benefits and salary, some flexibility to working (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No life outside the office, excruciatingly long hours also due to understaffing (in 19 reviews)

  • Not much room for advancement since it's a law firm (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    Close community in the office

    Cons

    I don't have any as of now.


  2. "Encouraging mediocrity, every day"

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    Former Employee - M&BD
    Former Employee - M&BD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good (until you decide to leave, and then they terminate health coverage on your departure date instead of continuing it until the end of the the month like any other employer)
    Reasonable hours (occasionally)
    Relatively frequent team activities
    Pays market rate (at least your first year. Raises are small, barely cost of living)

    Cons

    Does not reward high performance, only adhering to strict processes that come straight out of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
    Even small teams have four layers of management. The hierarchy doesn't allow anything to get done.
    Business services are second class to lawyers.
    No support for continuing education.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying lip service to innovation. Be willing to compensate people for exceptional performance and to hire amazing people (even though it's more expensive). Cut the fat. Support your employees' pursuit of continuing education (and maybe even provide funding!). It's an investment in your future.

  3. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work place. Friendly people. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    The job ended at no fault of the firm.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Be forewarned"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Other than collecting a paycheck, I cannot think of any in my opinion.

    Cons

    Management style is right out of the 80‘s. Unwilling to invest in resources you can do your job properly. Office administrator spends her time and energy on partners only. Horrible support services that are non responsive and not accountable. Do not pay market rate salaries but have top dollar expectations. Awful benefits. Terrible morale.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top quality staff, benefits, compensation

    Cons

    big law firm, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Assist with work life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "As Good As Big Law Gets"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    Hogan is full of skilled attorneys; their depth of knowledge is unbeatable. They offer high salaries and generous parental leave. Opportunities for junior associates to do real work early in their careers abound.

    Cons

    Better than average, but this is still Big Law, and it will demand a lot from you, to the exclusion of having much of an outside life. It is tough to balance associate status with a new family. Part time options aren't.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at why retention of women remains an issue. Get creative about solutions! Job sharing arrangements?


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable job and salary, like other BigLaw jobs.

    Cons

    Also like other BigLaw jobs, somewhat unsustainable and stressful.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Really could be a great firm but, not so much."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    - Truly a global firm.
    - Pockets of really smart, collegial people across many offices.

    Cons

    So many. Too many. Terrible, borderline abusive behavior by some partners is ignored, tolerated and/or empowered. The quality of the business services staff in London puts D.C. and the rest of the US to shame, for the most part. HR, egads.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge and put a stop to the abusive behavior by some of the partners (it's very obvious who they are). Continue to up the quality of the biz services team.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointing - used to be the law firm to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, nice office, great location, decent pay, good benefits, nice 401k plan. Great attorneys to work with.

    Cons

    Used to be a family-oriented place to work, but lately it is a cold-hearted sweatshop for support staff. Unspoken layoffs happen followed by voluntary buyouts - makes one worry about the stability of the firm. New HR management cannot be trusted - all decisions seem to be at the apparent whim of London. Partners have no say. The firm culture has changed so much it is unrecognizable. Scary times and lots of uncertainty. Glad I got out while money was on the table.

    Advice to Management

    You messed up big time. Globalization does not agree with you. Management cannot be trusted. Not sure they know what they are doing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dull but fine"

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

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    paid time off
    benefits in general were the best I have had

    Cons

    depressing work environment
    everyone wants to pull rank


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