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Phelps Dunbar Associate Reviews

Updated Jan 17, 2019

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3.5
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Phelps Dunbar CEO Richard N. Dicharry (no image)
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3 Ratings
  1. "Associate Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Attorney in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phelps Dunbar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn and develop.

    Cons

    I have no complaints so far.

    Phelps Dunbar2017-12-11
  2. "Great place to start"

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    Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Phelps Dunbar for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big name firm with a great reputation, a good place to gain varied experience right out of law school, competitive starting salary

    Cons

    Very cut-throat with little incentive to go "above and beyond" because you are constantly reminded that making partner is almost impossible, salary plateaus as soon as you start, unknown and arbitrary bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more transparent, show more appreciation to the associates, and try to incentivize productivity

    Phelps Dunbar2019-01-17
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Meh. Great place to be a partner. Good luck getting there."

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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Phelps Dunbar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Firm retreat. Good for mommy track, if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Associates are treated as expendable. It's almost impossible to make partner. The pay is low compared to similar sized firms. The environment is cold.

    Advice to Management

    You will never retain younger talent.

    Phelps Dunbar2013-12-18
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Save your paycheck while looking for a more stable environment and opportunities for professional growth"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Phelps Dunbar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The compensation is comparable to some of the larger firms in the city. The almost 2000 hour billable requirement is reasonable. The firm still attracts some bright attorneys and some of the partners are highly qualified.

    Cons

    It is a revolving door at nearly every level with little accountability and few opportunities for advancement. A disturbing percentage of senior associates claim to be disgruntled, and most junior associates are forced out within three years. The annual firing season, which lasts from early June through August, is widely recognized by the associates and it keeps everyone on edge much of the year - and some... associates have gone from high performing (or at least bonus generating) to terminated in less than two months. Most staff and attorneys report being happier within six months of leaving, even when the departure requires a salary cut.

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    Advice to Management

    It is a large regional firm managed like a small family firm. Many partners refer to it as a lifestyle firm, and they certainly treat it that way in that there is little demonstrated interest in organic growth or active management. For example, many significant partners do not participate at all in the annual review process by providing any feedback, so the reviews tend to be comical but frustrating in the lack of... material. It does not appear to be the type of firm that is receptive to or interested in constructive feedback, as it is frequently reported that the exit interviews seem like a broken record of frustrations.

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    Phelps Dunbar2013-11-06
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