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Updated March 10, 2017
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  • Long hours, must be available to go anywhere at anytime with very little notice, pressure to meet billable hour requirement, high stress job (in 4 reviews)

  • Some attorneys and management incredibly disrespectful to staff; complaints about verbal abuse fall on deaf ears, attorney mistakes blamed on staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nixon Peabody full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work-life balance, friendly people and a nice culture. Upper management, especially CEO, is approachable and open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Like with most large organizations, communication between and among departments is at times a challenge. But this is a very minor "con". Overall this is a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Great Reputation, Grim Reality"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nixon Peabody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous paid time off. Good insurance/benefits. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Favoritism so extreme that some employees have a completely different set of rules than others. Very bad morale to the point that people walk around talking about how bad they hate being there. Some attorneys and management incredibly disrespectful to staff; complaints about verbal abuse fall on deaf ears, attorney mistakes blamed on staff.

    Advice to Management

    Your favoritism is showing. Also, flex-time (for everyone) would make work-life balance better. Don’t boast how huge the year’s earning are and then give staff teeny tiny raises -- it’s a slap in the face.


  3. "Legal Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nixon Peabody (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good balance of supervision and responsibility.

    Cons

    The negatives simply stem from the nature of a temporary internship.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Partners Get All the Glory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nixon Peabody full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's great if you are a senior partner. All the benefits and gains go to that segment of the organization.

    Cons

    Support team gets trampled on and degraded. They like to hide the work the support team does for client cases, and allow the partners to charge for the end product instead. There are hourly charge rates for support team work, but they don't charge clients those hours. So, the support teams become the dumping ground for administrative work, as well as, client work.

    Advice to Management

    1. Start charging for support team work. 2) Learn to appreciate the work that support teams provide, since without them, your senior partners can't deliver to the clients. 3) Don't allow senior partners to use support team members to run personal errands like getting their dry cleaning. 4) Institute a policy that makes all supervisors/managers of support teams do 6 months as a floater, so they can understand the challenges of the role and best manage it.


  6. "Records Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - File Clerk in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - File Clerk in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits. Convenient location in DC.

    Cons

    Overall the training was good, however the departmental training left a lot to be desired.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "IP Docket Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IP Docket Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - IP Docket Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nixon Peabody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, staff are friendly. This firm caters to upper management and attorneys. Opinions and concerns are only consider to upper management and attorneys.

    Cons

    Supervisor is not on site. Which means she has people snitching on each other to find out who's doing or not doing what. Management is not on the staff side at all, too much politics and the evaluation process is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Include all the docket specialist, in all the docketing program seminars and be more of a team leader, instead of making the team snitch on each other.


  8. "Former employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior, Finance Client Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior, Finance Client Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nixon Peabody (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Last of communication between management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job advising staff of changes within the company.


  9. "good firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA

    Pros

    professional atmosphere, good team of people

    Cons

    there are no major cons that I can think of


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Everybody is a winner at Nixon Peabody... no, not really"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Litigation Paralegal in Boyertown, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Litigation Paralegal in Boyertown, PA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Nixon Peabody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was a temp to hire paralegal at their now defunct Philadelphia office... they had gone through so many temp paralegals at this particular office, I was actually hired by a firm from NYC as the Philly temp agencies did not want to deal with them anymore.

    There were only two attorneys at the office at the time and they abused most of their workers so turnover was high. For whatever reason, they were not abusive to me and after a very long time they did eventually make me a full time paralegal with them. The pay was good and my work-life ratio was also pretty good although I did find the way the two attorneys treated some of the other employees as sickening especially since the firm liked to brag that they had made the Forbes magazine list of being one of the hundred best places to work in (they commissioned a "theme song" about this - "Everybody is a winner at Nixon Peabody"). The office eventually closed.

    Cons

    The Philadelphia office was extremely mismanaged and disorganized. Morale was pretty low there because of the high turnover. It was clear hat the Forbes magazine editor never stepped foot in the Philly office

    Advice to Management

    While you may hold up the Boston office as an ideal place to work in, please make sure that your satellite offices also have the same benefits and atmosphere that your main office does.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, convenient location near south station in boston

    Cons

    Overworked employees, high turnover rate and no recognition when work is redistributed to to other employees


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