Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

Dentons wants to compete with bigger firms and they

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• “Dentons wants to compete with bigger firms and they are trying to hire better candidates. Unfortunately, anyone who catches wind of their compensation and bonus amounts will always pick something else.” • “The firm feels very strongly about hiring someone who is personable and friendly—there is a premium on having a good personality and being able to work well with others.” Interview Questions • “Standard law firm interview questions with a strong emphasis on why the candidate is interested in a particular practice group.” • “It’s mostly typical questions, like experiences you put on your resume, your commitment to the city, or your interest in the practice, etc.” • “Standard questions; we like the candidate to feel comfortable so that all parties can get a feel for whether it’s a good fit.” • “It’s left entirely up to whoever they can get to conduct interviews.” Lateral Integration • “There’s little effort to transition new lateral associates. The firm largely relies on individual partners to show a personal interest in getting associates up to speed.” • “I feel that I successfully integrated as a lateral and that the firm, both formally and informally, provided me with a lot of resources to succeed.” • “There is loyalty to associates who start as summers. For those who do not, there are much higher demands and far less involvement and work distribution according to level.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: The recent combinations that created Dentons opened up a world of fascinating work and prestigious clients for associates, with encouraging partners help them to navigate. For many, though, below-market pay and opaque management are sore spots. Satisfaction • “I am satisfied with the work I am given and the partners I work closely with. However, the firm’s leadership gives me little confidence in the direction we are heading. Notably, the decision to not match associate salaries to market has caused a noticeable deflation in associate and office morale, myself included.” • “The material is interesting and the level of interaction with clients is rewarding. Any requests are met with urgency and expediency. Support staff is fantastic and emphasis on mentorship is second to none.” • “I feel very lucky to have been given fantastic opportunities and to work with great people. I feel like a valued, integral part of the team and I see myself growing roots here.” • “Satisfied with the work, dissatisfied with leadership and colleague attitude.” Firm Culture • “There is a certain casualness about this place that I have not experienced at other firms. That is not to say that
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