Overall a decent place to work, but...
Attorney Assistant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – May 9, 2016
Working at Hogan Lovells is largely similar to working for any major law firm. The DC office is a large, busy office, and there are opportunities to support lawyers from many different practice groups. Benefits and salary are also comparable. The DC office is centrally located (right above Metro Center) and is in the middle of a modern, well-designed renovation. Largely, the attorneys are polite, respectful and generally appreciative of good work.
However, as an assistant, there is virtually no opportunity for advancement. If you are skilled and capable, you will often be "asked" to take on extra work (and it is strongly implied that you should not refuse) without any additional compensation or even informal recognition. Both attorneys and management tend to treat assistants as expendable and non-essential. Other departments often expect attorney assistants to handle their overflow work, and many firm processes (especially billing) are outdated.
Central location, competitive salary and benefits, some flexibility with working hours, company-subsidized cafeteria
Slow leave accrual, annual leave cap, unrealistic workloads, little to no interdepartmental cooperation