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McGuireWoods Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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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. "Not enough people to get the work done; absentee "manager""

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    Current Employee - Peon
    Current Employee - Peon
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I'm thinking. Seriously. Give me a minute

    Cons

    The office managers are dumb and have needless meetings . Every year your "development plan" is to take EIGHT HOURS of training on crap you (a) already know how to do or (b) or will never need to know. This so they can avoid getting rid of the insanely stupid people that know nothing, yet who retain their job there for years and years and years. Attorneys think the 13th Amendment never happened and that they own you around the clock 365 days of the year. They talk about having 7 values, but the only values they have are (1) work that mule till it dies; (2) cut staff to the barest minimum and keep piling work on them, then have stupid meetings that cut into their work time; (3) attorneys are God and if they are abusive, who cares???

    Advice to Management

    Stop having stupid meetings unless there is a huge event compelling a meeting. You could cover that crap in an email. When you have a meeting at noon, FEED US. Enough with all the bogus "development" and "training" - NONE OF IT IS NECESSARY. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. Get out of my way so I can get my work done and go home. I do not need to play games, get to know people, all I need to do is my job and go home.

  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. Helpful (7)

    "Don't Go There"

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

    I worked at McGuireWoods full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, very helpful and welcoming

    Cons

    Toleraton of one bully attorney running off numerous staff, associates, paralegal in a very short time.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot pretend to have your 7 values if you tolerate this kind of bully on your payroll. Act like you care about the way your people are being treated or you are just blowing smoke.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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


  7. Helpful (6)

    "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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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


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