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McGuireWoods Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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Robert L. Burrus Jr.
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, good people, employer contributions to 401k, good insurance coverage, paid time off" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and challenging work" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is difficult to achieve" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Firm management is centralized in Richmond" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent for those considering law school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fair amount of court experience

    Cons

    Long work hours, but those come with OT


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGuireWoods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and decent wages

    Cons

    Manager did not invest in growth

  3. "Associate Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Associate Financial Analyst position is a good entry-level position.

    Cons

    The workload for the first 7 days of the month is overwhelming.


  4. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and challenging work

    Cons

    Attorneys are tough internal customers


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Practice assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Not too many pros for this firm; lacking in management

    Cons

    Horrible management; high turn over rate in one department due to unqualified manager; staff is not treated fairly; management only concerned with amount of work staff is tasked to do; does not care what toll it takes on staff to get job done

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and do something about management abuse; do thorough background check on managers to make sure they are qualified to manage the jobs of their staff and to make sure they can be trusted


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Bad Experience"

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    Former Employee - Practice Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Practice Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Commute was good, good benefits

    Cons

    Terribly abusive partners/management. Cruel treatment toward staff and jr. attorneys. Seems to be tolerated. Nice values but they are not LIVED because of the firm allowing certain people to be abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing partners to treat staff and associates in an abusive manner. Just stop allowing it. Seems ridiculous in this day and age (and in this job market) to let them get away with that.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Abuse is tolerated at senior levels"

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

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Commuting was relatively easy. That's about it.

    Cons

    The firm is heavily conservative and stuffy, and despite the forced bonhomie, everyone from the middle down seems constantly on edge. I've seen department heads belittle staff in front of their colleagues numerous times including at departmental meetings. Many of the junior lawyers and marketing folks seem utterly miserable. The health plan is the worst I've ever seen and other benefits are stingy for a law firm this size.

    Go elsewhere if you care about how you are treated.

    Advice to Management

    Zero tolerance on abuse. Certain senior lawyers and senior managers are intensely disliked because of this and nothing is done about their behavior. Treat your employees with respect. and for heaven's sake, provide them with competitive benefits.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Mostly good lawyers - but cheap."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Firm has a generally positive reputation.

    Cons

    Salary not on par, benefits/bonuses are a joke and a horrible/expensive health plan.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff well and be loyal. HR is horrible.


  9. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    People are great and there is a great level of autonomy and responsibility even at an early stage of the attorney's career.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work distribution; lackluster management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to growing junior talents


  10. "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High standard of practice. Good people. Excellent & stable client base.

    Cons

    MW keeps getting bigger & expanding, so it is becoming harder for young lawyers to get trial experience and/or distinguish themselves.