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Updated September 30, 2017
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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 9 reviews)

Cons
  • very long hours and associate burn out is a problem (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good Place for an Entry Level Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant people, challenging but rewarding work environment. Great place to experience corporate law environment if you're considering law school.

    Cons

    Little training, paralegal management needs improvement, long hours sometimes (but typical for big law),


  2. "Legal Executive Assistant"

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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

    Great benefits, people and café.

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of.

  3. "Expensive benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    They offer health insurance to employees.

    Cons

    Over $700 a month out of pocket to cover a family. Only one health insurance offered.


  4. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    great learning opportunities and great experts in law to learn from

    Cons

    very long hours and associate burn out is a problem

    Advice to Management

    continue working on associate work life balance


  5. "Staff positions largely smart, nice, people although less impressed by middle management."

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    Former Employee - IT Staff in Bellingham, MA
    Former Employee - IT Staff in Bellingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice environment in Boston office. Really nice, and smart peers and there is a budget for professional development.

    Cons

    Middle management more concerned with deflecting blame than solving problems which means the staff take the blame. Ridiculously elaborate review process.

    Advice to Management

    Middle managers more concerned with not looking bad than getting the job done. Hinders and slows efforts. Perhaps consider a different set of metrics for managers which includes reviews by those who report to them. Radical idea I know.


  6. "Investment Management Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Quality co-workers who care about each

    Cons

    Long hours at times but comes with the territory


  7. "Cash Specialist"

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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

    Team, Location, Challenging, Networking, Benefits

    Cons

    Growth, Bench marks, Office space

  8. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and attorneys are great to work for

    Cons

    Stressful at times, not much recognition.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Experience"

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    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


  10. "Wonderful working place"

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

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great technology, great management, great work space and office.

    Cons

    Huge division between attorneys and staff

    Advice to Management

    Better technology!


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