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Quarles & Brady Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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  1. "attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The firm provides excellent legal experience. The cases are interesting and the legal issues are challenging.

    Cons

    It is a large firm and therefore has the typical problems of large firms: junior attorneys are kept in the dark of what's going on at the firm.

    Advice to Management

    The management could be more open and communicative. The firm could provide more guidance to junior attorneys.


  2. "Firm is Good to Staff"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have a mindset of helping secretaries succeed

    Cons

    Bonuses don't seem to be as competitive.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Administration needs new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Q&B was a nice place to work. There's a respect for work-life balance, decent benefits, and I had plenty of challenging and interesting assignments. I had great interactions with the attorneys and generally speaking the attorneys are friendly and respectful to the staff. Some of course are not, but there are no more unpleasant attorneys than there are unpleasant coworkers anywhere you might work.

    Cons

    The Administrative leadership is really lacking. Much of the staff and leadership has never worked elsewhere so there is a lack of insight to new ways of doing things and a general unwillingness to change. Unfortunately, that attitude is exacerbated by the lack of funds allocated to training the administrative staff and upgrading the tools they use. There's a lot of distrust amongst the admin staff as a few are permitted to privately provide feedback on everyone without an awareness by the person being critiqued. More than a few times these "surprises" were first heard by the person in their annual review. This of course furthers the distrust amongst the team.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to clean house in the administrative team and create a new culture where the administrative team is one that collaboratively works together to collectively achieve results and eliminate the "high school" environment. They also need to spend far more time providing training and thoughtfully identifying career opportunities for the admin employees.

    The legal management also needs to realize there is a purpose and value to their administrative teams and be more open to engaging with the admin staff for their expertise and insights.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Partner in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    National law firm, with great expertise in intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and many other areas. The firm encourages collaboration and diversity. I really enjoy working with talented lawyers who are in the top in their various areas of expertise.

    Cons

    None - this is one of the best law firms in the country. I have not heard any negative comments from any current or former employees or firm clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Keep creating diversity at the highest levels of the firm We are one of the few law firms in the US that has a female CEO.


  5. "Excellent firm"

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    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quarles & Brady full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    IP department is top notch. Excellent people and a great place to work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  6. "Docket Specialist - Litigation"

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    Former Employee - DOCKET SPECIALIST-LITIGATION in Brown Deer, WI
    Former Employee - DOCKET SPECIALIST-LITIGATION in Brown Deer, WI

    I worked at Quarles & Brady (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Perfect place to work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Cons

    Everybody was excellent at work place!

    Advice to Management

    I was blessed to work with Q&B!


  7. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The average salary is decent.

    Cons

    Staff are not treated equally.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Legal pactice technology manager"

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    Former Employee - Legal Practice Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Legal Practice Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    No challenges. Only challenge was the commute from Grafton to Milwaukee


  9. Helpful (3)

    "'Culture' and 'personality' fit are weighted more heavily than job performance."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quarles & Brady full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Interview process was easy. Firm has good resources for research.

    Cons

    No incentive to streamline or put in place efficiencies for better performance (inefficiencies are billable opportunities). New paralegals and associates are often left alone to figure the Firm's culture and processes. Tenured employees (non-attorney's) often verbally harass new employees without consequence. No sense of moral obligation towards giving proper feedback for improvement or to acclimate into culture for new employees. They will invest in new hires yet will terminate you without hesitation if you don't fit s practice groups personality requirements (those who are docile and don't ask questions). Prospects from corporate environments will have trouble matriculating into environment. Great job and pay for those who have that dry and submissive personalities.

    Advice to Management

    There's room for both ethical and moral treatment of new staff, especially those who are good at their work and what they offer to the firms value.


  10. "Great lawyers to work with"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quarles & Brady full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The lawyers are skilled, and great people to practice with; team work and collaboration is emphasized. Strong marketing support available if you are trying to expand your practice. Real strength in IP/Technology law in Phoenix, Milwaukee and Chicago offices.

    Cons

    To fully integrate with a practice group, traveling to other offices is often necessary (if you don't want to integrate, you aren't forced to travel). It is a big enough law firm that communication sometimes lags.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing the "soft" skills and make sure people are recognized for them.


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