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Updated 30 May 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Working for Squire Patton Boggs will help you decide where you don't want a career" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Might find it hard to maintain work life balance sometimes" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Patton Boggs used Chrome River Reporting to process all of their expense reports - which is a modernized on-line system" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Squire Patton Boggs full-time

    Pros

    Great team; quality work with high profile clients.

    Cons

    At times the offices are not as integrated


  2. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in London, England
    Former Employee - Lawyer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great clients. Great office location.

    Cons

    Very easy for partners to take credit for other peoples work.

    Advice to Management

    Have procedures in place where junior lawyers can give feedback on senior lawyers/partners.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mind your back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much I can think of - Office Managing Partner a nice man, willing to listen but very rarely actions.

    Cons

    Dog eat dog
    Some of the Senior Partners treat staff like something on the bottom of their shoe
    Some “colleagues” will do their best to stab you in the back at any opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Deal with the behaviour of some of the senior partners
    Don’t encourage the “cliques” which build up in the support departments.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International firm, people really get behind different causes.

    Cons

    Other than your own department it's difficult to get to know others in the firm


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros for this firm.

    Cons

    Firm are all take, no give. Even when you try your hardest, it will not be good enough. They have unrealistic expectations of their staff and have their favourites when it comes to promotions/pay rises/rules. Not a friendly atmosphere & no one mingles within the firm. Management do not care for your concerns and the support network needs major improvement.


  6. "Worked at the firm for a few months"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs part-time

    Pros

    Lovely firm, nice people in the Manchester office

    Cons

    Too much control from the USA. The firm itself cannot bat an eyelid without approval from the US, really annoying to all.

    Advice to Management

    Review protocols with the US side of the firm


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Chef in London, England
    Current Employee - Chef in London, England

    I have been working at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, good ppayment and great staff

    Cons

    It´s going to close shorly

    Advice to Management

    Nothing especial

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoyable people tough politics"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    High calibre employee
    Smaller offices friendly
    Management team approachable

    Cons

    Due to merger the politics are a nightmare between old PB and SS teams.
    Low bonus's
    Bad salary increases for support staff if any
    HQ dont understand cultural differences in other global offices

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, accept that support staff do an important job and comepnsate accordingly. Stay competitive in the market where your offices are based else you will loose out to similar firms in regards to qualified trained staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work - from local office desks to our wider global network!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Squire Patton Boggs full-time

    Pros

    As a top 10 global law firm, SPB offer you opportunities to work with local clients, but also to be part of the wider network working on matters and deals that involve liaising with colleagues across the world. The work is interesting and informative, and meeting & listening to clients is something that you are encouraged to get involved with from day one. The legal & support teams are global, so people here know each other, not just in a 'home' office, but in the US, Asia Pac, ME & Europe. There is a great sense of corporate social responsibility, and you feel that you are part of a firm that not only has a significant history but is also forward thinking and looking to the future.

    Cons

    By its nature, global work means long hours, so more flexibility is a must in this day and age.

    Advice to Management

    You should be less conservative about who you are, what you are and how you want others to see your brand. There are a lot of positives to working at SPB, you should make sure that others know about them!


  10. "Wonderful little place to start your career at."

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    Former Employee - Associate Solicitor in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Solicitor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Squire Patton Boggs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Squire Patton Boggs were the firm where I started my legal career and I am genuinely feeling touched and a little bit sad now that I'm moving to a different firm - it's been an amazing journey.

    For a junior lawyer just getting to know the ropes, I don't believe there's a firm with more support, almost 'motherly' care from HR and genuine interest in one's wellbeing than at SPB.

    The teams here in London handle international deals spanning across countries and often continents, and yet the whole place maintained its Northern English spirit of camaraderie. Despite the occasional late nights as a trainee solicitor, I always felt supported and was given ample time to recover if things got a bit hectic over a week or so - to think other big international firms would do something like that!

    Plenty of interesting work and faces coming across the pond from D.C. and other offices made for an exciting time to be around, and now with the new office secondments being rolled out, it must be a great time to be joining in.

    Despite moving to a large American firm from an already large American-HQed firm, I will always remember Hammonds/Squire Sanders Hammonds/Squire Sanders and now Squire Patton Boggs as a place where I learnt the trade first and made great friends out of my colleagues.

    I'd wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone.

    Cons

    There were long hours at times, which given the leverage ratio in some teams meant that the levels of work and responsibility were daunting for some of my colleague trainees.

    The offices in London aren't as 'flashy' as our competitors', but they're certainly nice enough and the new kitchen refurbishments made a great difference.

    Some of the recent shakeups, namely the recent graduate partner appointment, made some people wonder whether the firm was going the right way as we felt the candidate wasn't the most emphatic to do the job.

    Brand recognition still lacks behind other firms even though it's a 44-office giant! We need to be more known, the firm's good for it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with regards to your HR team and the excellent support staff.

    Try to get the name out more, be more active on social media (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), market yourself more.


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