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Husch Blackwell Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • great benefits, great people, great office (in 7 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and I enjoy the work i do and the people I work with daily (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The rapid expansion has resulted in additional attorneys but not much more work (in 16 reviews)

  • Too much emphasis on money and not enough emphasis on people (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Ok"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the Madison, WI office is very nice due to location and perks

    Cons

    Large company, decisions made at other offices

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with employees concerns


  2. "Non attorney who worked at HB for several years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were ok. People who are not management are generally friendly and supportive. Nice offices. Casual Fridays. Office parties. Good client list.

    Cons

    The politics, the back stabbing, the unfair treatment of most employees for the benefit of a few top attorneys. The out of touch management and the inept HR department. The marginal bonus for staff. The lack of appreciation. The toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better. Stop looking out for just the few rainmakers and top management at the expense of staff. Provide real career growth opportunities. Stop paying lip service to innovation and actually be a leader in the industry.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Attorney in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

    Pros

    Some of the partners are great to work for (although many of the good ones have left or are being forced out), and some of the work is fairly sophisticated.

    Cons

    Management continues to make poor choices, leaving many to think that the firm is a "sinking ship." Several of our best partners, associates, paralegals, and staff have left since the WHD-HB merger, and morale is at an all time low. Although some good people remain, many are fed up with the constant BS and have no interest in putting their best foot forward, making it very difficult to enjoy being at work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  4. "Legal Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A large firm with great benefits and pay. The opportunity to learn was huge by assisting in numerous areas of law.

    Cons

    The company will not be as loyal to you as one might think. It seems to always comeback to the dollar, no matter if the cost is staff morale. Though seems typical for larger law firms these days.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize hard work and create an equal reward system for those who go above and beyond.


  5. "Legal Support Team Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Support Team Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Legal Support Team Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay for an entry level administrative position, relatively frequent events (happy hours, celebrations)

    Cons

    Poor management, obvious favoring of attorneys in all matters (our perspective doesn't matter in a conflict, they are the priority), high turnover in other departments making it difficult to get things done in a timely manner


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

    Pros

    I really love working here. All my co-workers are very friendly and nice and I truly enjoy going to work everyday.

    Cons

    nothing - I really love it here.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Firm's focus is only on growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time

    Pros

    Average starting salaries. Not much else.

    Cons

    The firm has grown too fast and management has no idea what is going on in different offices. All levels (staff to partners) are annoyed and frustrated with the lack of communication. The rapid expansion has resulted in additional attorneys but not much more work. Few associates hit their hours, and associates are not eligible for salary increases if they do not meet their annual hours requirement. Although starting salaries are on par with competing firms, increases and bonuses and far below average.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Malignant Toxic Culture"

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

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really beautiful offices and great locations. Staffers try really hard to work around the micro control of clueless managers. The staff works really hard.

    Cons

    Back-biting, gossip mongering, bureaucratic, negative management. They impress on the staff how replaceable the staff is, how lowly they are, and how the staff should be grateful to work there. The management plays staff against each other, creating the most toxic spaces. Management encourages bullying, and HR is the absolute worst!!

    Advice to Management

    Understand the culture is toxic and people know it.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional Organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on money and not enough emphasis on your people.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the many unskilled staff you currently retain. There are people who have worked there for many years but still cannot perform the basic skills needed to perform their jobs. You have fired many skilled and educated workers for
    no justifiable reasons. This firm is not a good place to work!


  10. "Not bad at all..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IP Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - IP Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are great and so far so good since the merger in July. I don't really agree with the negative reviews that I have read in the past on HB. Every company has growing pains and changes.

    Cons

    Like other law firms doing the same thing, packages are being sent to older employees on any interest in disembarking with a severance. This is happening all over. Some are taking the package some are not and staying for the changes to come.

    Advice to Management

    I guess pay a little more positive attention to your staff that attorneys really couldn't do without.


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