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Updated March 27, 2017
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Ropes & Gray Chairman R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
54 Ratings

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Pros
  • Great culture and work/life balance for a law firm (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent pay, lots of overtime (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The long hours and unexpected over-time is hard if you have a family (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great upscale environment with even better benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Corporate Paralegal"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot and surrounded by smart people

    Cons

    Work / life balance can be difficult at times


  3. "Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Excellent treatment of employees.

    Cons

    Inefficiencies within position and lack of career opportunities.


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  5. "Corporate Paralegal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, the firm is committed to helping it's staff and will go above and beyond to try and provide a life/work balance in a big law environment.

    Cons

    The hours are still long and unpredictable.


  6. "Corporate Paralegal"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great firm to gain experience.

    Cons

    The are often times when management plays favorites among the team members.


  7. "Best of big law."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work; friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours. Some people are busy while others don't have anything to do.


  8. "What you'd expect from a corporate law firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Ropes & Gray offers good benefits

    Cons

    There is a clear hierarchy between staff and lawyers


  9. "One of THE BEST law firms... 4.5 stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Legal Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ropes is a solid firm. Great environment. Great benefits. One of a few firms left in the bay area that offers pension, and I hope they do not take that away. Seven hour work day(!). Zero tolerance for bitter employees. Wonderful people to work for, and with, and all across the globe. They value all their employees and that is stunning.

    Cons

    Management heavy but perhaps that is why the firm is solid. Hence, 4.5 stars.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you.


  10. "Legal Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Practice Development Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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