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Jones Day Washington DC Reviews

Updated Feb 5, 2019

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Jones Day CEO Stephen J. Brogan
Stephen J. Brogan
7 Ratings
  1. "Billing Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Jones Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Civil Work Environment; Great Benefits; Beautiful and Well-Maintained Working Space; Realistic Hours and Expectations

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities

    Jones Day2017-12-08
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Women Beware"

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

    I worked at Jones Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume, people there will generally be nice to your face , it is possible to gain some good and transferable experience if you get in with the right group/partner

    Cons

    Miserable people, salaries are highly uncompetitive compared to other large firms of same standing, no bonuses (and no, the salaries do not make it for that, for the vast majority of associates), rampant pay discrimination against women, inability and no desire to retain and promote female attorneys, old boys club, absolutely terrible review and evaluation process (how is it even legal?), widespread culture that... rewards and promotes those who throw junior associates under the bus for their own personal gain. The culture at this firm is psychologically abusive, and for women, it can be highly damaging to your career, as you are given menial work, lower hours, and lower pay compared to your male counterparts (and compared to your female friends at other big name law firms).

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    Advice to Management

    Your prior female associates who go on to succeed in in-house roles will not be hiring your firm for their future legal needs. Your firm's self-perpetuating culture of misogyny is dangerous, and we don't expect management to take any steps to change that - so instead, we will spread the word and take active steps to ensure that our companies do not hire you.

    Jones Day2019-02-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, bad at feedback"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jones Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent caliber of lawyers and support staff, high profile cases and clients (albeit heavy on "old school" industries - manufacturing, etc.).

    Cons

    Feedback given to associates each year is cryptic and reduced to a paragraph at best. The black box compensation system blurs accountability and incentives across associates.

    Jones Day2018-10-15
  4. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jones Day full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very professional. Strong management. Opportunities to work on great projects.

    Cons

    Progression. Work Life balance. Rewards.

    Jones Day2016-11-10
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Recruiting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Jones Day full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing group of people to work with. Would not work at another law firm. It truly is an international firm. I have friends all over the world.

    Cons

    It is a law firm, if your are not a lawyer there are challenges.

    Jones Day2015-05-07
  6. "Lots of flexibility and fun environment"

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

    I have been working at Jones Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on the group, usually okay to work remotely; collegial environment

    Cons

    Long hours; unpredictable busy times.

    Jones Day2014-01-25
  7. "Jones Day: Don't hold your breath for more responsibility"

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     in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jones Day

    Pros

    Good reputation -- Jones Day has a great reputation among clients Reasonable pay -- They pay well and the benefits, at least before the downturn, were good

    Cons

    Leadership is disconnected with the business and how it's run Ineffective, inefficient committees, staffed via patronage, runs the business Real mentoring is rare

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what your people are doing; tap stronger leadership to run key offices and adminstrative functions; have a nice day

    Jones Day2009-10-12
  8. "OK for paralagel"

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    Paralagal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jones Day

    Pros

    Very approachable staff, caring atmosphere and good camaraderie. Love the location, happy hours are definitely a lot of fun overlooking the Capitol.

    Cons

    Very long work days and no real opportunity to get to know upper level management or work with partners. Low salary compared to other paralegal positions.

    Advice to Management

    Probably give a little more opportunity for non-lawyers to have a say in the company. That said, probably have more of a local feel to the office and downplay the "one firm" aspect.

    Jones Day2009-09-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Jones Day - a solid, though opaque, place to work."

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    Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jones Day

    Pros

    It is a rock-solid firm with great people who work hard but know the value of spending time outside the office. There's absolutely no face time, and the partners make a genuine effort to get associates involved at the earliest possible opportunities. My opinion is valued, and my personal life is respected. The lack of an "eat what you kill" philiosophy within the partnership means that internal competition is... almost non-existent. Firm places a strong influences over recruiting "good people" over "good resumes" (although good resumes certainly don't hurt chances to get in the door). Overall, if you're going to work in BigLaw, it's a good choice.

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    Cons

    Compensation structure is a "black box." While I have no issues with salary confidentiality, it is impossible to know how your salary stacks up, without breaking confidentiality rules, despite the fact that your compensation supposedly reflects your value to the firm. Firm is very tight-lipped on specific criteria for advancements. Benefits are sub-par - expensive health insurance, no 401K matching.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with associates regarding where they stand within the firm. Keep the no-bonus, confidential salary system in place, but give associates some way to know where their salary falls on the scale. Don't be afraid to tell associates whre they need to improve, and what they need to do to get there.

    Jones Day2009-01-04
  10. "Jones Day"

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     in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jones Day

    Pros

    Very friendly, collegial environment. There are a lot of good people at this firm. Again, it all depends on who you work for, but there seems to be a good base to draw from.

    Cons

    No work life balance for staff (non-lawyers). Telecommuting not allowed but is given on a case by case basis and really depends on who you are working for.

    Advice to Management

    Survey non-lawyer staff more often and begin looking at telecommuting options. Look at other similar law firms to determine what they are offering and try to match that or possibly set the trend rather than follow it.

    Jones Day2008-06-30
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