Pros: ot, proximity to downtown parks to escape to
Cons: micro-management, no training, distracting work environment, too many managers, no respect for non-management staff
I chose to work at Ballard for its reputation for diversity and I was drawn to its pro-bono work. I bought into the dream that Ballard was this great place to work, but I was painfully mislead.
As a support analyst, I have worked for larger law firms, but by far, Ballard houses some of the most ornery, crass, disrespectful group of Partners for whom I have ever worked. It's disgusting how the partners drive the professional climate of the IT department. For such a small IT department, there is a comical number of managers and supervisors, so expect to be tragically micro-managed. If you sign up to be employed by the IT department, understand that it is a very cliquey environment and if they hire you but later decided they don't like you, regardless of if you do a good job or not, they will get rid of you. The directors (except for 1) are not supportive of the IT team at all. They don't advocate training or career growth. They are no more than puppets for a handful of partners who charge $$$$$$/hourly to clients but don't know how to check voicemail on a telephone or turn on a computer.
And if all of that is still appealing, you will also have to brave doing your work in an environment that is so loud and distracting it's like your desk is in the middle of an arena during a playoff game. No privacy. No quiet work environment.