However, that black-box designation isn't accurate in this era of anonymous employee reviews of their employers.
The 152 employee reviews on Glassdoor provide more than a peek into the supposed black box. Here you can read them.
However, the reviews have not been verified for accuracy. Therefore, they represent not facts but rather employees' perceptions.
The reality that Jones Day has only received a 3.3 score out of a possible 5 from employees, however, is a sign that there may be trouble in paradise.
In fact, employees mention high attrition.
Among the beefs are:
- Not enough work for partners to assign to associates
- Haphazard on-boarding for new associates and, after that, little development
- Compensation isn't competitive with peer law firms
- A number of difficult partners
- No work/life balance
- Path to partnership is long and not transparent
- Can be "cheap" in investing in technology
- Too many official managers lack management skills
- Must participate in the myriad firm social events
- No telecommuting options
- Staff usually not promoted
- Lack of communication between departments
- Stiff competition for plum assignments
- Too much office politics
- Lack of gender equity in some groups.
However, employees are also bullish about:
- The firm's brandname is useful to leverage as a stepping stone to the next job practicing law
- Colleagues are smart
- Peers are personable
- Assignments can be interesting but you have to know how to play the game to get the right ones.
Overall, these reviews signal that Jones Day is in many ways a typical BigLaw firm. However, the perception is that it has been able to differentiate itself from its competition. If it can hold onto that, it will continue to attract new business. The game is about establishing unique branding.
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