DLA Piper Employee Reviews about "law firm"

Updated 17 Aug 2020

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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers  Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
145 Ratings
Pros
  • "relaxed work environment, with great coffee machines(in 20 reviews)

  • "Law firm with highly capable persons(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and no bonus for junior members of staff(in 42 reviews)

  • "cog in machine feel to it; hard work life balance(in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, great people, great opportunities."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A really intelligent business law firm with a dynamic global strategy. Opportunities are endless if you want to progress. They'll push you to excel, and try position you in a place where you want to be in you career. People are generally polite/respectful and committed - the culture of the firm demands it. Given the size of the firm, there are many opportunities for work travel/secondments. The company has a 'fight forever' mentality. They won't stand still and won't settle for second.

    Cons

    Some fee earner -v- support staff tension, but the same exists in all law firms. Certain areas of management do not take responsibility for disengaged/poor performing staff. A reputation for not paying market rates for business professions. However, the benefits offered are very competitive.

    DLA Piper Response

    September 8, 2017Senior Manager Corporate HR

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at DLA Piper. It's employees like you that help shape our vision and culture. We think it's a great place to be and we hope you stay in touch through our alumni community. Thank you for your excellent review.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing firm to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Birmingham, England
    Recommends

    I worked at DLA Piper

    Pros

    Amazing law firm, worked in the regions and I will still handling the work of a city lawyer in London.

    Cons

    Not getting paid the same amount for doing the same job as a person in London.


  3. "Relatively nice work environment"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Big law firm and many initiatives

    Cons

    Quality of work differs significantly across teams

  4. "One of the better law firms to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Cologne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They do care about you and there is a feeling that they genuinely want to do better in the future when it comes to social issues

    Cons

    If you are a woman your chances of ever becoming a partner are somewhere between slim and nonexistent in most offices. Pay is okay but nothing to write home about. There are definitely law firms that have sweeter deals.

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  5. "Great company to work at"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Its a law firm so support is to internal staff.

    Cons

    Not full 40 work hours a week.

  6. "BIG Law Firm"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay, exciting projects, lots of resources

    Cons

    As with all big law firms - the hours are long and the work is complex. You are on all the time. Management is mostly disconnected from reality

  7. "A great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Partner in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ability and opportunity to work with clients and colleagues from around the world

    Cons

    As a law firm, it is a demanding workplace but that is true of all law firms

  8. "Good for CV, bad for mental health"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Lawyer in Bucharest
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Law firm with highly capable persons. Good pay. International experience.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Not all are nice persons.

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Mediocre Global Firm"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I suppose its "global platform." (see cons below)

    Cons

    Its largely ineffective and confused global platform is the principal cause for work being cannibalized by one office on another. The emphasis is not on client relationship but on schmoozing with "internal" clients (i.e., other DLA offices). Referrals are the only way they get work to move and little to no emphasis is placed on obtaining 'real' clients. It's no meritocracy like other Big Law firms but one that encourages sycophancy. It's unfortunate -- there are a lot of talented people in its global network but the tribalism that exists in its major offices that seek to take away work from other offices will be this firm's downfall. Just look at the revolving door in this firm, the lack of minorities in its partnership ranks, the high turn-over rate...

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Trainee Lawyer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Law Firm has a very good ranking in Italy.

    Cons

    The Law Firm requests to all the lawyers and trainee lawyers to dedicate many time (12 hours per day) to work.

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