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Alston & Bird LLP is an international global law firm with over 800 lawyers in 13 offices throughout the United States, Europe, U.K., and Asia. The firm provides a full range of legal services to domestic and international clients who conduct business worldwide. Alston & Bird has advised companies including Amazon.com, The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Bank of America, Starbucks, Toyota, Dell, UPS, and Nokia. For the past 19 years, Fortune has ranked the firm in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Core practices include intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in energy and sustainability, health care, financial services and public policy. In March 2017, the firm boosted its West Coast presence with the opening of its San Francisco office. In September 2019, the firm's European footprint expanded with the opening of their London office.

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Computer Support Technician/ Applications Analyst (Former Employee) says

"This place was a nightmare. They lie about diversity and equality. They are unfair to new employees. They don't care how the staff thinks. They pressure people to giving them good scores on their surveys.If you file a complaint as a new employee you are given a strike."

Practice Assistant/Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"The lies of one of the legal administrative assistants there caused a very toxic atmosphere for me and others. The long awaited new manager of the IP department resulted in 4 resignations of very solid and talented practice assistants, an associate and the the abrupt unreasonable firing of a very competent foreign practice assistant."

Legal Secretary (Current Employee) says

"Some great co-workers. Very busy position makes every day productive and fast. Great office location for the revived downtown Washington, DC area. Cons: Insurance"

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Great attorneys and staff, poor secretarial management in DC office. Cons: Health Insurance is the worse."

staff (Current Employee) says

"Management of this office needs to actually manage. the. office. The top sharks are rewarded and everyone else is supporting hefty compensation for these priority individuals."

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Decent place to work and there are some nice people in the firm. Firm's overall culture and values are somewhat similar to most law firm across the city. Management style is not too forthcoming. Cons: not the best health plan"

Counsel (Former Employee) says

"While a law firm, A+B had a better than average culture for associates. In comparison to other firms that I worked at, A+B seemed to value associate input and career development more than others."

Floater/Resource Specialist/Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"My typical day would be to report for work, complete any assignments given to me which sometimes consisted of transcribing tapes; making phone calls to update mailing lists; creating file labels and logs to send files to storage; make edits to documents; answering the phones when the receptionist was absent for the day or on lunch break; making copies for the visiting attorneys as needed; and any other tasks or assignments asked of me. Cons: The unfairness sometimes of the Admin / HR staff"

Conference Services Attendant (Former Employee) says

"Very busy workdays, diverse culture, managers and chefs worked just as hard as team. Good medical, dental and vision coverage."

Project Attorney (Current Employee) says

"Project Attorney position is independent contractor position and provides good flexibility. It allows you to earn a living and also have a law practice on the side."

Resource Center Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Everyone friendly in a large law firm. Heavy filing and paperwork duties."

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at Alston & Bird full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The attorneys are very Old Southern - most of the attorneys are white and christian. Most of the support staff is black, they even have a separate (and not equal) dining room. If you went to school in Georgia or Alabama, you'll fit right in. But if you're Jewish or another minority, there are a lot of inside jokes you won't get."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Alston & Bird full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Management is to worried about people pleasing to the demise of the office. They need to be much more present (showing up at 9 or 9:30am and leaving at 4 on a fairly regular basis don't work), and realize that all of the hard working people are leaving the firm because of management not doing their job. Employees come in late and leave early because there is no manager there. IT IS COSTING THE FIRM MONEY. I think punching a time clock would help. Also, much favoritism is shown and there has been a lot of turnover due to this. The office ran like clockwork until 4 or 5 years ago, but has gradually started to fall apart. If there is not some serious restructuring, accountability, and monitoring, the office is going to be the laughing stock of RTA. Other firms are hearing about the dissatisfaction and reaching out taking the hard working/knowledgeable employees."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Alston & Bird full-time Cons: “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone”. – Rod Sterling The above quote describes the Raleigh/Durham office of Alston & Bird. This office is TERRIBLE! It was the worst job I have ever had! I am baffled that this company stays on the Fortune list as one of the best companies to work for! There are so many flaws with this office I don’t know where to begin. This office needs a new manager! She is a joke! She does not manage. Instead, she wants to be friends with certain people in the office. She constantly promoted her friends even though they did not have experience. She continues to maintain relationships with her “favorites” outside of the office and does not know how to keep information confidential. She allows her “favorites” to constantly leave work early or call out weekly. I have never worked in an office where on a daily basis people call out for their pets being sick, spider bites, terrible colds, headaches, cramps, and food poisoning. They would use any excuse not to come into the office and the manager would believe it! I am convinced this manager works 2 jobs as much as she disappears throughout the day. If you have a complaint, no one will listen, they will just act as if you are the crazy one. 35+ people (attorneys and staff) left this office during my tenure here and we were told that those people were the problem not this office or the manager. I have never worked at a place where mediocrity is rewarded and hard work just gets you more work, while the slackers continue to slack. Sadly the quote “A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation” holds very true for this office. PLEASE NOTE YOU CANNOT TAKE A LOAN OUT ON YOUR 401K AS LONG AS YOU ARE (in jail), I mean EMPLOYED THERE. When you leave, don't expect to receive your 401K money right away. They make you sign all of these bogus forms and tell you 30 days, but they purposely hold your money for a period of 90 days or longer. So, forget about rolling over your funds to an IRA or another employer when you leave. They do this to be spiteful for your leaving the company. Alston & Bird thinks they are the next best thing since sliced bread, but that bread is molded; the WHOLE loaf. Pass go and do not give this place a glance because you will live to regret it!"

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"I have been working at Alston & Bird for more than a year Cons: There are no good reasons to work at Alston & Bird. The management is very aloof and unapproachable. There is no workplace structure. The absolute worst job I've ever had."

Partner says

"I worked at Alston & Bird Cons: The place is run for the benefit of the managing partner, the partners committee, and a small number of equity partners. Everyone else is there to make them money."

Legal Assistant says

"I worked at Alston & Bird Cons: Southern inferiority complex manifested in constant self-promotion exercises. HR and admin. staff have standing and authority out of all proportion to their value. Inordinate amount of staff time/energy wasted on Mickey Mouse HR exercises. Staff constantly bombarded with primitive industrial psychology babble from HR and admin staff. The weak-minded thrive. The independent-minded go underground or depart."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Alston & Bird full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Culture and lack of communication"

Paralegal says

"I have been working at Alston & Bird Cons: No Work/Life Balance Unspoken Expectations Glass Ceiling Mentality No Method of Self-Assertion Unquestionable Overtime Horrible "Health Insurance" (if indeed it can be called that)"

Former Employee - Staff says

"I worked at Alston & Bird full-time Cons: Your experience at the organization is based on who you work under and if you're not a senior employee, senior HR officials do not have your back when personnel issues arise"

Attorney says

"I worked at Alston & Bird Cons: Horrible reputation outside of Atlanta, particularly in NY. Have not even come close to achieving the reputation that King & Spalding has. The problem is, they think they are a top 10 firm, but they are not. Get kudos for benefits, but treat staff horribly."

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