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Troutman Sanders Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Stephen E. Lewis
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Pros
  • There is Absolutely Nothing that is a Pro for this law firm (in 4 reviews)

  • Big law, which means decent pay (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • This was an extremely toxic work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • The general staff administration and bean counters are totally dysfunctional, and there is quite a bit of support staff turnover (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and great, friendly management and co-workers

    Cons

    Little to no room to advance


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work right out of College or other entry level.

    Cons

    If you're an experienced Professional, look elsewhere. The operations of this Firm is stuck in the '70s. There are far more advanced employers to choose from.

    Advice to Management

    Get with it. Stop hiring top talent and stonewalling their work when they arrive.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance and 401k plan

    Cons

    They will lie to get you to join the firm, and continue to lie through-out your employment. Poor management and the HR Department is horrible. They turn employees against each other and cause an environment of distrust and anxiety.

    Several people on our team were taking anti-depressants and anxiety medications just to come in to work. The use of alcohol was also widespread. This was an extremely toxic work environment.

    The HR departments goal is to keep the staff numbers low. They expect you to be able to do the work of 2-3 full time employees and then balk if you work overtime.

    You will hate your life if you choose to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management and HR Department or continue to lose valuable team members.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love the culture!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture is very professional and respectful. Lawyers are thankful for your assistance and do not hesitate to say so, as well as telling you you're doing a great job. They reward you for your contribution to the firm and treat you as part of the team

    Cons

    Not really any in my opinion. Leadership is wonderful and appreciative of their legal assistants and paralegals

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work of showing your employees appreciation for their contributions to the success of the firm.


  5. "Staff Attorney"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Troutman Sanders full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big firm resources. Small office

    Cons

    Not a healthy distribution of lawyers at every experience level.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Patent Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent partners in the Patent Group. They treat associates and patent agents like adults, and they understand the importance of work-life balance to avoid burnout. They demand responsiveness and excellent work product. Gain trust early, keep clients happy, do a great job, and it is a fabulous place to work.

    Cons

    The general staff administration and bean counters are totally dysfunctional, and there is quite a bit of support staff turnover. But this appears to stem from outside the patent group.

    Advice to Management

    Go paperless, don't shoot your good staff in the back, keep supporting remote working.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good balance, not a sweat shop, very respectful attorneys

    Cons

    Hard to integrate into firm as a lateral

    Advice to Management

    Do more to integrate laterals who did not go through the summer program


  8. "Support Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Troutman Sanders (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    THey make a lot of money off clients

    Cons

    Good ole boy lawyers don't respect support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Include non-attorneys in your planning for improvements and growth


  9. "Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Troutman Sanders full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong relationships and expertise in southeast US w international reach. Known for energy policy work but expansions have positioned firm well for well rounded service.

    Cons

    Firm remains in transition from regional to national. Internal power struggles remain between the old regime and new leadership. Too much effort has gone into attempt to be everything to everyone as opposed to doing what they do well.


  10. "Legal Secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Administrative Team Leader in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Administrative Team Leader in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Troutman Sanders (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great people.

    Cons

    Career advancement and succession planning are lacking


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