DLA Piper Reviews

Updated 6 Jul 2020

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3.7
70%
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DLA Piper Global Co-Chief Executive Officers  Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
111 Ratings
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  1. "Great team"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Solid teamwork and good workflow across the offices

    Cons

    Support staff and office services could be better

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worst career decision ever"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solicitor in Brisbane
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no pros whatsoever

    Cons

    The partner I worked for was one of the worst people I ever have had the displeasure of meeting. She was initially lovely in the interview but when you worked for her she turned into someone truly horrible. You were required to work long hours and if you weren’t at your desk questions would be asked. For the hours I worked the salary was terrible. If you ever get an offer for an interview or a job for god sake turn it down and run away fast

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  3. "Hands down worst firm to work for"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Solicitor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Absolutely none to speak of.

    Cons

    No leadership, no support, always expected to work late (often just for appearances), partner I worked for was incompetent (often admitting as much to me) and had no management skills. Very high turnover amongst both professional and support staff. Literal tumbleweeds rolling between the carrels . Extremely grim atmosphere. Anyone contemplating working here shouldn't - you'll find other options.

  4. "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

  5. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance Good workmates Good remuneration for work

    Cons

    Everything revolves around UK - UK-centric decision making

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  6. "Good place"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Associate 

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Good food and drinks at parties

    Cons

    Bad air conditioning and ventilation

  7. "Solicitor - Lit & Reg"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solicitor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good matters to work on

    Cons

    No support if you do not have the experience in the particular area of the law No precedent management system No reliable document automation system

  8. "Summer intern"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLA Piper full-time

    Pros

    Professional training systems and friendly buddies

    Cons

    Working overtime every day and sometimes on weekends

  9. "Mixed bag"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solicitor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Global model works, focus on innovation

    Cons

    Poor culture, some good and some really ordinary work (depending on the team), technology is substandard, a long way from a top tier form. Long hours expected.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Potential never Achieved"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Global platform and some decent people

    Cons

    toxic work environment; weak management and little accountability for poor results or bad behaviour

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