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Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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Ropes & Gray Chairman R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
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Pros
  • "Great environment, excellent benefits, decent work/life balance and competitive with salary" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Interesting clientele, great benefits and salaries are competitive" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours at times but comes with the territory" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Work / life balance can be difficult at times" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Demanding but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Strong team dynamic and good internal resources

    Cons

    Expectation of being available/responsive outside of work hours


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and will help when needed, cafe is a great plus, comfortable work setting

    Cons

    No big cons here fortunately

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best/Worst of Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot, made great connections and name goes a long way

    Cons

    Often abandoned/set up to fail (the fact that I didn't notwithstanding)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits; no room for growth (staff review)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free food and events.
    Annual Dec firm party (they go ALL out),
    Cafe has a good selection, and is supplemented by company, so fairly affordable
    Good location, nice building, clean bathrooms

    Cons

    No room for growth (you have to ask for a raise or promotion and nag until someone does something)
    No transparency (my director promoted 2 new managers who started at the firm 8 mths prior. This is NOT best practices. You know a manager that new doesn't know anything right? Her specialist and assistant are still guiding her.
    The director doesn't care about anyone. She is always trying to look good to partners and senior management, but doesn't care about morale. If you don't care about your team, why do they have to work hard for you?
    Don't get promoted even when you work hard (told me I had to wait a few more months b/c I was one mth shy of 2 yrs, when these managers and specialists get promoted in under a year, and I went above and beyond when they needed me. Absolutely unfair, but that's how they do things.

    Advice to Management

    I've said it a thousand times at this point, but no one cares. Assistants do SO much more than you think - You can replace them with specialists, but continue doing this. Half the team don't do ANY work, and they get away with it. It is SO infuriating to the assistants who actually have to do the work; y'all just delegate.


  5. "Elite, but progressive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Proudly progressive firm!

    Cons

    BigLaw failures of communication.


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good client base seems well hedged for volatility. Culturally, probably as good as it gets culturally for biglaw.

    Cons

    Long hours like any other big law firm. Promotion and management process is not transparent.


  7. "Great place to practice in biglaw, if you must practice in biglaw"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    No strong face time requirements (so flexible hours), increasing number of non-partner-track attorney options.

    Cons

    Still biglaw - client demands often come with tight turnaround times, unreasonable expectations, etc.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency.

  8. "Supportive and pleasant environment."

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    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best benefits and perks, health care, tuition reimbursement. Well defined path for professional development and learning for all levels of support staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes pulled in too many directions with minimal outlets to hand off overflow work but this is the nature of the beast. Some policies while good for client security micromanage and limit staff ability to get tasks done more efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Business is good but just make sure to provide assistance so that talented employees won’t get burnt out. Otherwise very well run firm.


  9. "The “lifestyle firm” reputation is (generally) true"

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    Former Employee - Patent Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Patent Agent in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ropes & Gray (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good, solid training at a bigLaw. Hours requirement (<2000) is lower than many peer firms. Of course, some practices are busier than others, but I’ve heard stories in which even if you don’t hit the target, you still get a bonus. That information is a bit dated now, so take it as a healthy pinch of salt.

    Cons

    When work dries up or the financials don’t work out, you’ll see a lot of personnel movements. Some of these can be fairly sudden. A partner who just assigned you work two hours ago might appear in a firm-wide memo indicating his resignation effective immediately. But that comes with the territory of big law I guess.

    Advice to Management

    N/A. Management recently changed.


  10. "Training"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location and the staff. The benefits are good and its diverse.

    Cons

    Poor management. They tend to micromanage

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing


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