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Updated June 15, 2017
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  1. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide the ability for the non-legal staff to have a great work/life balance with amazing benefits.

    Cons

    They struggle to delegate responsibilities.


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and driven folks leading the management team who have focused on lateral partner recruitment resulting in a huge increase in revenue and profits per partner over the past 3 years. Well respected for certain practice areas and ML Strategies, its government relations/lobbying subsidiary, has heavy hitters who are very well connected and are singularly responsible for the Wynn Casino and GE relocation projects. That is the true gem of the firm and it generates business for various sections, particularly real estate. MLS and Bob Popeo have given the firm a well-earned reputation as a kover and shaker and player in Boston politics, business and real estate development.

    Cons

    The firm has focused too much on lateral partner growth and has let many tremendously talented and respected senior lawyers go elsewhere. The firm has way too many people performing virtually the same jobs in business development/HR mostly with limited success. A streamlined effort could be more efficient and successful. Management cares little about associates unless you somehow get linked with a key partner. The off track associates are virtually ignored, are paid far less than their on track counterparts while being expected to bill the same hours. Off trackers are also not permitted to participate in the firm's retirement plan. Management of some sections is strong. Some sections have very poor managers who are too busy with their own practices to manage and hire flunky middle men to try to do it for them. Not effective.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your associates. Bringing in lateral partners that help your bottom line is nice but it does not trickle down. Start making something trickle down. Treat your off track folks better. When you renovate the offices with the lease renewal, add a full service cafeteria and make it free for lawyers like every other large firm. Think about a firm outing in the summer or something for morale purposes like every other large firm does. A single Christmas party is simply not enough. Make sure you have competent and focused section leaders in place to ensure your associates have the guidance and support they need to become valuable contributors to the firm. Take greater interest in helping with business development by associates and allow them greater exposure to clients in order to assist in the growth of their own practices.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Former Associate - Team Morale is Down and Turnover is High"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Location: Directly in front of South Station, so a breeze of a commute
    - IT Support: The firm's IT support group is fantastic and super responsive

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency with hours requirements. When you join the firm, HR tells you one thing about your billing target and the bonus structure, and it's full of fluff. In reality, management is expecting a much higher number. The bonus structure is definitely not an "opt in" incentive, no matter how much HR tries to tell you it is, and with the bonus amounts being so low compared to other firms, it's super frustrating and, frankly, not worth it.
    - Commitment to pro bono is dwindling. The firm used to be (and in some circles continues to be) known for its serious commitment to pro bono and really putting its money where its mouth is to serve the community. This is a big part of the reason I chose Mintz. When I joined the firm, all pro bono hours counted as billable hours. The firm changed this policy and now only counts pro bono hours as they relate to your bonus calculation after taking billable hours into account (i.e. you need to bill 1850 hours and have 2000 total hours). The result is that if you're low on hours, the last thing you'll do is take on a pro bono matter, or, if you're close to a higher bonus tier, you'll pile on the billable work and forget about pro bono work altogether. This is super unfortunate and has resulted in a reduction in associates' willingness to take on pro bono matters. It's frustrating to see the firm continue to tout its commitment to pro bono while silently changing its policies on this, knowing it will decrease pro bono work.
    - Powerless HR Department/Section Management. I get it; it's a big law firm and it will be demanding. However, HR and section management were clearly powerless to effectuate any change in the way associates are treated by partners. There were certain partners that had terrible reputations for treating associates horribly, and the advice my colleagues and I were generally given was "avoid working with him/her." This really set the tone for a) allowing these people to continue behaving badly, and b) precluding associates from gaining valuable experience in certain practice areas because the people in those areas were so awful. I definitely didn't feel like associates were well protected from this in my section. Many times it also felt much like an "Old Boys Club."
    - Culture is dwindling. The firm used to be known as a firm that embraced its local Boston roots and shied away from trying to keep up with the bigger firms, particularly with respect to their approach to work-life balance and competition. However, my experience at Mintz was quite similar to my friends' experiences at these firms, particularly during the end of my time there. Management seems to now be focused on making Mintz a New York firm at any cost, and the first victim of that approach is the culture. My colleagues seemed overworked and bitter, and the more senior associates/partners were often openly nostalgic for the "old" days at Mintz.
    - High turnover among Associates. There's been a lot of turnover throughout the last couple of years, and the firm (or at least a few sections) is becoming a firm of laterals. I only knew of about 2 people in my section that had actually summered at the firm and stayed on to become senior associates. This is another factor that's hurting the culture.

    Overall, compared to the other "big" law firms in town, Mintz is probably better. However, it's looking more and more similar to them as time goes on.

    Advice to Management

    You're running a business in a very competitive environment, so there will certainly be obstacles to maintaining the firm's culture while continuing to grow. However, you need to treat your associates better and actually support them so they will want to contribute to this growth and stay along for the ride. Once you become a firm of bitter, lateral associates with no culture, what will separate you from the rest of the big firms?


  4. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mintz Levin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, Collegial, Business Development Opportunities

    Cons

    Still growing office but lots of potential


  5. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mintiz Levin is just a few steps from the train station and subway station. It is the best location from wherever you live. You will have a shorter commuting time than working for any other big law firm.

    Cons

    The bonus is not as great as other big law firms. Some practice groups have low ratings.


  6. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Billing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Billing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, attorneys are friendly, flexible work hours

    Cons

    need better policies and guidelines put in place


  7. "Loved Mintz"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Can't say anything negative about this place

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good people, for the most part!
    - Excellent learning opportunities left and right!

    Cons

    - A little 'old-school' big law in terms of approach, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Relax guys, you're a huge firm. Enjoy!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mid-Size, High Tech Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time

    Pros

    Excellent quality of attorneys (both Associates and Partners), large volume of work for Associates so there is almost no issue with meeting minimum billable hours,nd the different practice groups allow interaction with other related practice groups.

    Cons

    Need to reduce the amount of "office politics" too little homogeneity in the application of firms rules between practice groups.

    Advice to Management

    A true, mentor program for new Associates is an absolute MUST for the firm. A better show of appreciation for a job well-done would go a long way in increasing morale and attorney loyalty.


  10. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mintz Levin full-time

    Pros

    Generally a really wonderful firm in big law to work for. Very altruistic and overall great company culture. My section in particular was dysfunctional, but overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    HR seemed pretty powerless to effect any change, no matter how egregious the behavior of individuals at the firm were.


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