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  1. "McLane Middleton truly is NH's top law firm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Attorney in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Middleton full-time

    Pros

    McLane Middleton is a great place for those who like to work hard and be rewarded for it. McLane offers associate attorneys the variety of working in a large law firm with the hands-on aspects of being in a more regional firm. It employs the best of the best in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It continues to grow, with offices across NH and in MA. The firms has always been committed to encouraging its employees to be a contributing part of their local community and state.

    Cons

    As with most, if not all, law firms, associate attorneys may experience some long hours when a big deal is closing or trial is starting. Strong time management skills are a must.

    Advice to Management

    A more effective rating system to assess an attorney's availability would help even out the workload more evenly amongst associates.


  2. "A great firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being an attorney here gives one the opportunity to engage in sophisticated work without the demands of working in a large city. The pay is lower than a large city, as is the cost of living and the demand on an attorney's life. At this firm, younger attorneys can grow and learn significantly faster than at a large firm in a large city.

    Cons

    This firm is not bad, but every firm can do better. Recent efforts to eliminate the old boy decision making culture (prevalent in all law firms) have proven effective, but slow. If management can more quickly adapt to what attracts and retains younger talent, the firm will do better.

    Advice to Management

    This firm should expand satellite offices and allow people to move about them more freely. This firm's future is probably most promising in being a regional law firm, not a Manchester, NH law firm.


  3. "Great people, interesting work,community leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adsociate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Adsociate in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Middleton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, collaborative environment, committed to ongoing development of attorneys and professionals. Great attorney lunches and retreats. Smart partners who are genuinely interested to working with associates to achieve best outcomes for clients

    Cons

    Being a lawyer is tough work anywhere. Need to track hours with an annual billable goal of 1750. Hard to get a job here as they only hire the best

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on developing the next generation for the long term sustainability of the firm


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    "Demoralizing"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Concord, NH
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Concord, NH

    I worked at McLane Middleton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Comfortable offices. Paid parking. Ample vacation time. The location is convenient to lunch-time shopping and errands.

    Cons

    Heavy-handed management style and no flexibility. Co-workers in satellite office in Concord were cruel and juvenile in their treatment of other staff.

    Advice to Management

    You can be nice people and still be a top-notch firm. Very few people are happy there. You can offer decent salaries, but one can take the unkindness and unfairness for so long before realizing that putting up with it just isn't worth it. Neighboring firms may pay less, but it's worth it to not feel sick every time you go to work.


  6. "Get in, get the experience and then get out"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The office is in a good location in downtown Manchester and the firm provides parking in a local city lot. Good place to come in as a first year associate, get the experience and get the McLane name on the resume.

    Cons

    The firm pays NH wages but expects you to work Boston hours. Secretaries and paralegals are given better benefits than associates. The line between associates and partners is continually reminded to you and is something you would expect out of a 1960s law firm.

    Advice to Management

    The firm should pay 3rd and 4th year associates more than first year associates. Why are secretaries in the pension plan but not associates?


  7. "Average law firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Associate in Manchester, NH

    Pros

    Chance to work on cases right away--associates are not assigned to years fo memo research and writing

    Cons

    Pay is low based on the stature of the firm within the state

    Advice to Management

    Be more innovative in managment style and provide better carreer development and support for associates


  8. "Good Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I chose McLane instead of continuing my career in Boston because I was sick of the commute and 2000-hour billable requirement. McLane has a realistic billable requirement, the people are great, and the work is complex. Firm culture encourages collaboration across all offices and practice areas, and spending time away from the office.

    Cons

    The workload can get heavy when there is inadequate communication about availability to take on work. Like anywhere, some people are better than others at this. It is manageable though because you can take time off when it slows down.


  9. "Largest and oldest firm in the state"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McLane Middleton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved coworkers and the attorneys I worked with. Valuable experience gained and good name to have on your resume

    Cons

    New CEO came on board in 2013 from a banking background not from the legal field. It became less about people and more about money, bill bill bill

    Advice to Management

    Remember that we serve people, that they are not just dollar signs


  10. "Decent, respectable place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLane Middleton full-time

    Pros

    Provides excellent client service. Forward-thinking law firm. Is tops with technology and training the staff on using it. Cares about its history and its firm culture. Many people have been on staff for 20 or 30 years, or even longer.

    Cons

    There is often a disconnect between the firm administration and the partners from the rest of the firm. Day-to-day processes are sometimes overshadowed by grand ideas. Those big ideas are not always feasible in current situation. More staff or more money may be needed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the worker bees. Listen to what they have to say - and to what they don't say.


  11. "Not worth it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at McLane Middleton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    fellow associates and staff are very friendly; work is interesting

    Cons

    manchester NH is boring, directors (partners) are unreasonably tough on associates, very old school, face time requirement

    Advice to Management

    the year is 2015, let's act like it.


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