If you were asking me to write this review 2 years ago, pre-merger with Drinker Biddle & Reath, I would tell you to work in Operations at Faegre Baker Daniels in a heartbeat. It was a great place to work and felt like a family. Now, post-merger and at Faegre Drinker, I would tell you to run far away. The difference in cultures between the two firms forced to combine is staggering, and the Operations employees (not the attorneys, of course not them!) are the ones who suffer as a result of no clear direction from management. The workloads across teams in your department will be uneven to an unfair degree. I knew of colleagues who had little to nothing to do every week, yet I was drowning every day. Managers have no idea what's going on and are too busy to care/do anything to help you, other than tell you to find a solution. NOTE: I do think they genuinely cared about me as a person, but are not equipped for success in a managerial role at this firm. Problematic colleagues who the majority of staff can't stand, are not pleasant to work with, and flat out do not follow procedures will continue to get away with everything, even after attorneys complain. There is always some turnover in legal operations, but business development/marketing is losing employees at a RAPID pace, and if that doesn't tell you what you need to know, I don't know what does. I will note that I think they did a great job during COVID, adjusting their remote work policy and trying to keep as many employees there as possible. But now that the world is opening up and there are more options, I'd encourage you to look elsewhere for meaningful work.
October 8, 2021