Typical work day includes being yelled at and thrown under the bus by the partners; no team environment; the office sells itself as a collegial work environment but the partners create a competitive environment. esp. with one another (hardly ever go on joint pitches or cross-sell different groups)--basically silo effect where each partner acts as the master of his/her fiefdom; partners get upset when associates have work to do for other partners and do not like hearing that associates are overloaded or busy with other matters; work-life balance is not respected; associates are expected to give everything up for work, including scheduling necessary surgery, doctor appointments, family emergencies, etc.; one associate was asked to come in and close a deal a day after the death of his child. That says it all.
Staff equally unhappy; attorneys who treat staff (and other lower ranking attorneys) badly have been allowed to progress to partner level with no negative repercussions, which speaks volumes as to the culture.
The most important thing is the bottom line and respect for the employees at all levels is non-existent.