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Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great environment, excellent benefits, decent work/life balance and competitive with salary (in 10 reviews)

  • Although working in a law firm is stressful, this is the least stressful firm you can work for (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, expected to be on-call 24/7 (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, extremely smart colleagues who are generally very collegial.

    Reasonable billable hours requirements including good pro bono opportunities

    Cons

    Black box of information about management. Although there have been improvements, it's still an institution preoccupied with pedigree and double ivy degrees

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work that you are doing with the alumnae network and attorney support programs; consider ways to make the path to partnership a bit more transparent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Practice Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, dedicated and knowledgeable managers.

    Cons

    Long hours, expected to be on-call 24/7. Little opportunity for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more work from home options.

  3. "Needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Forward-thinking, people oriented firm. Nice offices and up-to-date technology. Interesting clientele, great benefits and salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Senior management are not equipped for their jobs and there is no oversight. Who's minding the store? No one.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and find new chiefs.


  4. "Great upscale environment with even better benefits"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Filing Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Foreign Filing Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, excellent benefits, decent work/life balance and competitive with salary

    Cons

    Being in the Prudential can be difficult during the holidays trying to get around everyone shopping, and can be a long commute


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Awesome attorneys. Work/life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Practice Development Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Practice Development Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Practice Development Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great team
    - good benefits
    - free dinner after 7:30pm (boston office)
    - no micro-managing
    - good work/life balance

    Cons

    - should be more career development/mentoring
    - PDAs should have the ability to work remotely
    - Base salary should be higher
    - promotion timeline unclear
    - not a lot of distinction between roles

    Advice to Management

    - make requirements for each role distinct and clear so that a person in a higher role is actually more qualified than the person in the immediate role under them
    - provide more flexible work hours for staff
    - provide more opportunities for mobility/office tranfers


  7. "Corporate Case Intern"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Case Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corporate Case Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, good exposure to legal work

    Cons

    long hours and overworked, grumpy associates

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits. Coffee. Location.

    Cons

    Attorneys were rude. Management was terrible. Terrible place to work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "good firm -"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    The firm has very good orientation programs for new hires as well as ongoing training for current employees at every career level.

    Cons

    As with many law firms of this size, the tremendous amount of bureaucracy and middle management at Ropes slows down forward progress. Secretarial staff is overpaid and underworked.

    Advice to Management

    Departments across the firm should work together and not lose sight of the product they are hired to provide to the client: quality legal services.


  10. "Associate Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and culture - maintains top of the market compensation.

    Cons

    Chasing ever-increasing profits per partner


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