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Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated August 31, 2018
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  • "Sometimes long hours, but to be expected" (in 22 reviews)

  • "You’re the support side at a law firm so you’re undervalued and underpaid" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great support team working environment"

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    Current Employee - Attorney Development Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney Development Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home policy, ability to work with many different people

    Cons

    Difficult to move up within departments.


  2. "Good Benefits but Lack of Growth Opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and work/life balance (for staff).

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote individuals who are exceeding goals.

  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart lawyers, fun to work with

    Cons

    Crazy, unpredictable hours at times


  4. "Good place to work *if you’re a lawyer*"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Development and Training
    Current Employee - Professional Development and Training
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and great firm to work for!

    Cons

    You’re the support side at a law firm so you’re undervalued and underpaid. A lot of red tape and little care for employee happiness (again this is definitely more apparent on the support side).

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the support staff like they are so disposable.


  5. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation, and a lot of genuinely good, hard working people

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours, but to be expected


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. "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

  8. 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)


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Elite, but progressive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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