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Updated March 30, 2017
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  • Low Salary, not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Once ranked one of the best places to work, not just as a law firm (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Take leadership classes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and compensation. Love the staff. Acclimating to the culture is easy if you have good work ethics. Events were fun and memorable.

    Cons

    Partners/management turn a blind eye to abusive practices directed at staff from attorneys. What's worse, there doesn't seem to be any loyalty to staff that's hung on through the years.

    Advice to Management

    Junior attorneys should learn to lead, not run staff through fear. Take leadership classes, do yoga - whatever you need to do to effectively run a profitable business. Good luck.


  2. "Great Reputation, Grim Reality"

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    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!


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  5. "Office Administration Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Nixon Peabody (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Flexibility
    Great co-workers
    Commitment to future growth

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Difficulty being nimble due to number of layers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Partners Get All the Glory"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. People take pride in what they produce."

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

    I worked at Nixon Peabody full-time

    Pros

    Smart, funny people. Laid back. Just the right level of friendly competition and cooperation you need to be successful. Folks recognize and respect you when you know what you're doing. Open door policy.

    Cons

    They are still a money making law firm and there are powerful rainmakers, so all the usual caveats apply. Hours, efficiency and accuracy count. Some days are long and hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Celebrate successes. Give people events to look forward to. It helps.


  8. "Decent Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most attorneys are nice. Benefits are good

    Cons

    It was a high-stress job.


  9. "Legal Intern"

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    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.


  10. "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.


  11. 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.



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