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Phelps Dunbar Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2019

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Phelps Dunbar CEO Richard N. Dicharry (no image)
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14 Ratings
  1. "Claims"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phelps Dunbar full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, private offices

    Cons

    Management is poor, different group members treated differently

    Phelps Dunbar2014-03-24
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. "Poor Communication across the board"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Phelps Dunbar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with brilliant people. PTO and benefits are average. Retirement plan is better than average.

    Cons

    Overworked support staff and attorneys. Administration is disconnected from what attorneys need. Only focus by leadership is on bottom line to the detriment of all else.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and you will see the pay off.

    Phelps Dunbar2013-08-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Focus on bottom line crippling efficieny"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phelps Dunbar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, vision, dental, STD, LTD, 401k, generous paid time off, firm holidays, holiday bonus), flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Communication is very secretive and seriously lacking, lack of professionalism, and consistency in applying policies and procedures.

    Phelps Dunbar2012-08-15
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