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3.0
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42%
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64%
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Gregory Smith
24 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly environment, good benefits, actively working to promote diversity and balance, nationwide offices, clear path for advancement(in 9 reviews)

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Cons
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  1. "Fun work and collegial atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good benefits, actively working to promote diversity and balance, nationwide offices, clear path for advancement

    Cons

    Limited diversity in key leadership roles, long hours, mediocre bonuses

    Husch Blackwell2019-03-02
  2. "Great work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, parking subsidy, flexibility, nice people, internal movement encouraged

    Cons

    Not as up-to-date with remote working technology and desktop syncing

    Husch Blackwell2019-03-26
  3. Helpful (3)

    "In dire need of Competent, Management and HR on All Levels"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location and hours were ideal

    Cons

    Severe lack of diversity. Old boys club. Very slow and non-progressive in its thinking and ways of doing this. Extreme lack of respect and appreciation for support staff shown by some partners and attorneys. Very toxic environment led by partners, Sr. management on down. Favoritism, cliques, and overall immature nastiness abounds, especially from the bitter bad apples who have been with the firm for many years. They...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire truly qualified managers. Provide yearly training for managers that include diversity training. Make a concerted effort to hire more minorities across all offices, but especially the Milwaukee office instead of having token minorities in a company with 5,000 employees or an office with over 300 employees. Insist that managers know what their staff is doing and how to do their jobs. There is nothing more frustrating...

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    Husch Blackwell2018-08-07
  4. "Partner"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

      Pros

      Salary, benefits, flexibility, work from home

      Cons

      Management, lack of transparency, long hours

      Husch Blackwell2018-06-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Review"

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      Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Great place to work in MO.

      Cons

      None, that I can think of at this time.

      Husch Blackwell2018-04-11
    • Helpful (7)

      "Corporate Law Dumping Ground"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Prior to the many mergers and introductions of new incompetent individuals there was a feeling that the firm really cared about its employees however after a large merger it became more of a game of how large the company could get as opposed to helping their clients or employees.

      Cons

      Racism, sexism, ageism and lack of concern for the employees who had been very loyal for years of service

      Advice to Management

      Stop hiring incompetent individuals in your HR and administration staff before you find someone willing to take the time and energy to put into bringing your law firm down as the corporate dumping ground that it is. When the clients catch a whiff of the unprofessional actions and billing procedures your firm embodies you are going to have a corporate downfall. Stop playing favorites and hire and promote competent people.

      Husch Blackwell2018-01-03
    • "Flexible and Fair"

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      Current Employee - Attorney 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Husch Blackwell part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Flexible work schedule and competitive pay

      Cons

      keeping track of your time in 6 min increments (which is a con at any law firm)

      Husch Blackwell2017-10-05
    • Helpful (8)

      "Avoid this very toxic environment at all costs"

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      Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      HR department is helpful and works very smoothly. They will address any issues you address. Benefits are great including health, dental, vision insurances as well as 401k plan. There is a parking or transit reimbursement up to $155 a month. There is also a very small amount of reimbursement for gym memberships. Fridays you can wear jeans.

      Cons

      Literally anything else is not mentioned in the pros side is a con. There is no career advancement options as long as you are staff and not an attorney. Compensation is merely only average. Most of the time you'll be asked to do overtime and it is approved - now this can be seen as a good thing but it also should give a hint about the workload. Speaking of workload, it is very unfairly distributed. Experienced...

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      Advice to Management

      Someone else said get rid of the dead weight which I agree. Get rid of the dysfunctional outdated ideology of constant micromanagement - applies to all levels of management. Tens of disgruntled employees are disgruntled not because employees are bad because management is awful.

      Husch Blackwell2017-10-26
    • Helpful (7)

      "Change for the worse: understaffed with no plan"

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      Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Very good benefits for staff including fitness reimbursement, education programs, trainer to help learn programs and a wine of the month club.

      Cons

      Staff are very unhappy. Ever since Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek merged with Husch Blackwell the culture and values changed. Staff now support at times 6+ attorneys and there are simply just not enough people to handle the work load. When concerns were brought up to HR or the office managing partner about how many staff were leaving promises were made to implement change but they were just empty promises. The mentality from...

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      Advice to Management

      Try listening to your staff and work with them. Helping make it a better work environment will stop so many staff members from leaving and provide a better work product for attorneys and clients. Until that happens more staff will continue to leave and the work will suffer.

      Husch Blackwell2017-08-16
    • Helpful (4)

      "Going in the wrong direction"

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

      I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Good benefits, nice offices, matching 401k

      Cons

      Attorney conduct to staff is shockingly bad (not all, but many) Staff raises and bonuses very small and compensation does not match contribution Lack of transparency by management

      Advice to Management

      Get rid of the dead weight -- you know who they are and they have been around for years and years, dragging down morale and causing good employees to leave Be willing to admit your mistakes and change instead of letting the ship go down because you are too proud If the business model is based on constantly "acquiring" other troubled firms, do yourselves and the firm and favor and go get some advice from truly successful...

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      Husch Blackwell2017-08-07
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