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Locke Lord Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Hard work-life balance if you are a woman, especially; friendly people; fun activities; good pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits and vacation time (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • HR supports NO ONE, not even each other (in 4 reviews)

  • The attorneys talk badly about each other behind their backs (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great team environment and training for legal interns

    Cons

    Personally did not have any complaints from working with Locke Lord


  2. "Toxic environment, stay away"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very good for some people

    Cons

    MEH, what more can you say

    Advice to Management

    Ha! They don't care what others think.

  3. "Small to Large Firm Move"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Locke Lord full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Comparable salary and benefits for a downtown firm, quiet work environment, computer training classes, typical large firm resources, walking distance to several restaurants

    Cons

    Mainly administrative responsibilities (i.e., expense reports, billing, filing, etc.) (not much substantive work - reserved for associates); large number of people in several offices, which makes it difficult to figure out who is responsible for what; little contact with attorneys assigned to my desk (mainly self-sufficient) - workflow can be slow; administrative red-tape can make work feel redundant; administrative staff are polite, but keep to themselves and eat lunch at their desks or alone


  4. "SF Office was Great!"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team in the local SF office, wonderful managing partner who allows for structure when needed and autonomy when it isn't. Great company benefits and 401k. Overall a positive place to work

    Cons

    Really have to negotiate to get anywhere near market rate, stingy corporate office. Company's powers that be are penny wise, pound foolish.

    Advice to Management

    If you want long lasting employees, pay them appropriately and they will stay. SF is a tough market for employers, if you want to play with the big boys, pay employees the big price tag they're demanding.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sad demise to watch"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits:
    - Lots of personal leave time -- 4-6 weeks' paid time off. #1 best thing about the job.
    - On-site gym
    - Pretty good 401K

    Cons

    - It's all about the attorneys. If you're not an attorney here, you're insignificant.
    - The attorneys talk badly about each other behind their backs.
    - HR supports NO ONE, not even each other. Backstabbing is prevalent.
    - Awful IT management. Has been horrible for over a decade. Needs a complete overhaul.
    - SUPER high turnover. Forget about actually knowing who is doing what job anymore. There's so many new faces all the time it's impossible to keep up with who's who. Everyone hired after 2008 has been temporary, going through a revolving door.
    - Even attorneys have left in droves for other firms. It's that bad.
    - The partners give too much control to the administrator and they have the absolute wrong person in that role. His decision-making skills suck--like the decision to merge with a bankrupt firm a couple of years ago.
    - Morale is horribly low among support staff who've been there long enough to know what to expect.

    Advice to Management

    HA! As if management would ever bother to listen to anybody.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Do Not Work at This Firm at Staff Level If You Are a Male with a University Degree"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once upon a time, the firm actually paid for employee health insurance.

    Cons

    Staff areas are ruled and populated by loud, nasty, gossipy, uneducated women who eat at their desks all day, but cannot understand why they are unable to lose weight. Human Resources was controlled by women lacking a degree in HR. Sexual harassment complaints which come from men are ignored by management and HR. Female managers are only interested in the concerns of female employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some educated people for staff positions and pay them fairly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Omnipotent Idiots formerly known As EdwardsWildman"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord full-time

    Pros

    Good location. Great Healthcare, Vacation, and Sick Time.

    Cons

    Training isn't consistent across the group. Lack of knowledge in operations, business requirements, industry standards, and gross lack of management experience by the higher ups. I have never had people tell me how to do the parts of my job that i have over 10 years of experience doing.

    Advice to Management

    "Even a genius asks questions". Instead of dictating to a Subject Matter Expert from larger and more prestigious organizations with World Class Certification, try asking some questions so that you can learn some things or maybe this is how they treat minorities.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - LAA in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - LAA in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I don't have anything positive to say.

    Cons

    Management is very unprofessional - they are there for the attorneys and not the employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Legal secretary"

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, pay commensurate with experience

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate changes with employees. Things are done and no one knows about them until after the fact. Low morale in an office where it used to be fun to come to work.

    Advice to Management

    Let staff know of changes ahead of time. Treat support staff with dignity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Corporate Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Corporate Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Locke Lord (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This legal business will leverage your skills and experience creating synergies enabling the office to work effectively with a very diverse group of global personalities and experiences. Management easy to work with.

    Cons

    Work week > 50 hours for 11 months employed.


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