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Anonymous User wrote:Anyone have any insights on Bryan Cave's midwest offices? I'm wondering about Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago. Culture? Safe in this economy? Is it still considered one of the better firms in the Midwest?
I had a CB in their St. Louis office a few weeks ago and loved it. Seems like they're real people who work hard but understand that they all have lives outside the office.
+1, this is the impression I've received from current and former BC (St. Louis) associates. And the fact that they just raised their starting salary doesn't hurt, either.
don't let them pull the wool over your eyes. i've spoken candidly to bryan cave associates who say they earn more than other stl associates because they work more. one associate reported spending more time at the office than his colleagues in big chicago firms, and he said his hours were the norm in his practice group (don't remember which group it was).
Yeah, I'm okay with being paid more to work more. But I also know a few single mothers at BC who reported having infants during their first few years and surviving just fine. They said that there is still pressure to bill high amounts, but it was fine to do a significant chunk from home (In office from 8-6 ish, work from home a few hours) and it's unusual to see people in the office on the weekends/holidays.
Additionally, a few of my interviewers were going to their kids sporting events and then working from home for the rest of the night. The consensus seemed to be that if you're in the office during office hours and enough so that you get facetime with partners so you can get projects, you'll be fine. When you're in the middle of a big project, you don't need to do all your work from your desk.