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Holland & Hart LLP Reviews

Updated January 2, 2017
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  1. "Holland & Hart"

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    Current Employee - Branch Office Administrator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Branch Office Administrator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large, well know law firm, great benefits and 401K program. People are fun

    Cons

    A little less progressive than I would like


  2. "Good and bad, mostly good"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Denver, CO
    Recommends

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP full-time

    Pros

    The people are great to work with, very supportive, and everyone has a lot going on outside of work. People also go home at a decent hour, even if they need to log on later in the evening, so there's little face-time requirement.

    Cons

    The firm struggles to keep up with market compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more generous financially. Paying closer to market compensation and bonuses will go a long way.


  3. "Lawyer"

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

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Ladder advancement structure word word.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Passive Aggressive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Denver is nice and a few folks that prefer to be helpful and not work in silos.

    Cons

    Many people are unhappy here. There is a distinct hierarchy between attorneys and staff. Very impersonal. Not kidding, due to poor Glassdoor reviews, an email was circulated telling attorneys and staff to "promote our franchise" and write positive reviews. Just laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Don't excuse or ignore unprofessional behavior displayed by those with higher titles and leadership. This improper behavior trickles down and creates a poor environment for lower level attorneys and staff.


  6. "Good work environment and top-level clients."

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great location, great work and opportunity to develop. Benefits of a large firm in a small-firm office in Santa Fe.

    Cons

    Not too many, But there can be a large workload and there is an increasing expectation to establish and develop business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to associates and continue to be responsive to their concerns and their real or perceived issues.


  7. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Most of the staff and attorneys are nice.

    Cons

    Management is corrupt. Especially the directors. HR doesn't care, only want to keep issues calm and push them under the rug.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to turnover within certain departments like marketing and records and fix the issues at hand.


  8. "Not the place it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Holland & Hart LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Several pockets of high-performing practices that provide good experience. (There's a 20 word minimum, but there aren't 20 words' worth of pros for H&H)

    Cons

    Very limited chances for partnership. Very stratified partnership focused solely on PPP. Trying to play in the big leagues against more established firms, after six decades as a good regional firm, and their efforts to keep up makes for a very cutthroat environment. Mostly the partners that behave this way. Associates are at times collegial. Some band together like Marines who've been through combat against a common enemy. Others display signs of Stockholm Syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    You make it extraordinarily difficult to like this place. You need to better understand the employees and their roles. Stop mistreating your staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Attorney in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Holland & Hart offers decent benefits and a good quality of life that is rare to find at a large law firm. Generally, associates at H&H are not meeting billable hour expectations but are still able to keep their job which would not be the case at comparable shops. Colorado is also an enjoyable place to live with a nice cost of living.

    Cons

    While I can't generalize all practice groups, the corporate practice at Holland & Hart is not particularly strong. As a result, the compensation is substantially below market. While there is some middle market deal flow in Denver, partners often hoard work to boost their billable hours at the expense of associates. There just isn't that much work to go around. By "deals", this means transactions that may make the Denver Post, but certainly not WSJ or FT. For example, my spouse was recently offered a job in another city, but I can't move for now because no corporate practice at a large firm will touch me given my exposure to traditional M&A is very limited. If you start at a firm like H&H, that's where you will stay. There are national firms with offices in Denver but they don't hire from H&H for the same reason. Come to H&H if you've already spent several years at a V100 firm where you were properly trained but now seek a better quality of life. Don't come to H&H as a new attorney because your mobility will be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Build out your corporate group by hiring top notch attorneys with distinguished backgrounds from large firms, and offer them market rates. An office with 25 quality attorneys is far superior to an office with several hundred mediocre attorneys.


  10. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Holland & Hart LLP full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at the firm. The Denver office H.R. support were pleasant and fair. Salaries and benefits were good. Company was stable and seemed to avoid the massive staff layoffs that other large firms have gone through in recent years.

    Cons

    They needed more IT trainer support. When you are in the middle of doing an e-filing or preparing a brief, and have a computer emergency, it would be great to have one of the IT trainers come to your desk to help. They do that at other firms. Hopefully, this policy has been changed in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    While it may be a national trend, remember that overloading secretary-assistants with five-six attorneys on a desk is foolish and only hurts the firm's reputation. The work suffers and something has to give. Generally, you have good people, who take pride in their work. Don't become like other firms, who let sloppy work go out from their offices. Judges, other attorneys and clients do notice. Client/customer service must always be #1.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "terrible environment, low morale"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Holland & Hart LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a few pleasant team members, convenient downtown location, woman-friendly and strong diversity recruiting efforts

    Cons

    below market compensation. lousy management and leadership, very little transparency and business methods and systems are outdated. many attorneys here have awful attitudes. there are just too many other firms in denver now that have sucked up a lot of the work, and this has resulted in petty backstabbing and gossip-mongering among the attorneys who would drive over their own grandmother to keep their job



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