What Employees Say
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
What They Do
We asked Alston & Bird LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.
Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy.
About this Company
| Website: http://www.alston.com/|| Industry: Professional Services|
| US Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia|| US Sites: 8|
| Major Locations: Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Research Triangle, North Carolina; Silicon Valley, California; Washington, District of Columbia|| US Employees: 1,568|
| US Revenues: $687.80 million|| Worldwide Revenues: $687.80 million|
| Employees Worldwide: 1,575|| Corporate Structure: Partnership|
| Founded: 1893|
Perks and Programs
We asked Alston & Bird LLP to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.
- Family Planning Perks: The firm sets aside convenient parking spaces for pregnant employees, offers a special mentoring program for new mothers returning to work and sends a gift basket when a child is born. There is a $10,000 benefit available for adoption and surrogacy. The firm offers up to 18 weeks parental leave for primary caregivers, and up to 4 weeks for non-primary caregivers, applying to adoption as well. Employees also contribute to a cooperative maternity closet and have access to nursing mother rooms equipped with a comfy chair and fridge.
- Pro Bono & Community Service Time: All employees are given 15 hours of paid time off each year to do community service projects of their choice, and attorneys get up to 100 billable hours to do pro bono work. With the Dollars for Doers program, when an employee has dedicated up to 50 hours of service to a charity of their choice, the firm will make a financial contribution to that charity on behalf of the employee.
- Concierge: The concierge is available to do almost anything the firm’s employees don’t have time to do or don’t want to do, saving them time, energy and stress. The concierge has been used to drop off and deliver dry cleaning and prescriptions, do grocery shopping, wait for the cable guy, walk the dog, and purchase and wrap gifts during the holidays.
- Customized Work Environments: Employees have the option to telecommute, job share, or take advantage of schedule flextime. Compressed work weeks are also options, with 9/75 schedules and 4 day work weeks available.
- Childcare: The firm offers both short and long-term childcare options. Employees have access to in-home back-up care at a rate of $4 per hour as well as center based back-up care for $15 per day. Resources are available to help employees find qualified babysitters and nannies for long-term or night and weekend care. In Atlanta, there is an on-site childcare center with full-time, part-time, back-up and summer camp options available at subsidized rates.
- Adult/Elder Caregiving: Employees of the firm have access to in-home adult/eldercare at a rate of $4 per hour for basic companion services. Nursing services are available at a higher hourly rate. Resources are also available for employees to find longer term care for their aging loved ones. The firm offers two caregiving support groups for employees in similar caregiving situations.
- Physical Well-being: The firm offers on-site Zumba, yoga and meditation classes, as well as free access to gym facilities and discounted gym memberships. Each office has a health station, equipped with a WiFi enabled digital scale and blood pressure machine. Weekly organized group walks take place and quarterly firm wide steps challenges are held. Employees can attend on-site biometric screenings and Weight Watchers at Work meetings.
- Student Loan Refinancing: Employees of the firm are able to refinance their student loans with an initial $500 bonus for doing so. To date, over 90 A&B employees have refinanced their student loans through this program, resulting in $2.3M in savings.
- Mock Courtroom: The firm has a one-of-a-kind courtroom that allows attorneys to prepare for trial in a real courtroom environment. Equipped with judge’s chambers and a jury box, the courtroom also serves as a practice tool as well as an educational space for the local high school students interested in one day practicing law.
- Lunch & Learn Programs: The firm offers monthly lunch & learn programs with topics ranging from good health, diversity and sustainability to financial wellness and retirement planning. A few examples of this year’s programming include; The Benefits of Adult Coloring, Transgender 101: An Educational Panel Discussion, 11 Ways to Live Greener and Save Money, Sleep – A User’s Guide, and The Untold History of Korematsu v. United States.
COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS
| 4% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 1% of an employee's salary||88% Company-paid health coverage for employees (staff and associates range is 88-95%)|
| 75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (staff and associates range is 63-79%)|| 88% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers|
| 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance|
- Health insurance for retirees
PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
- Free snacks during the day
- Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
- Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
- On-site package/mailing service
- Discount ticket sales
- Car wash
- Hair salon
- Vehicle maintenance
- Subsidized public transportation
- Free beverages during the day
- Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
- Personal concierge service
- Massage therapy
- Fitness classes
- Weight watchers meetings
- Convenience store
- Dry cleaning
- Personal travel service
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS
| 35 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment|| 28 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment|
| Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment|
WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS
- Flexible schedule (5% use it)
- Job sharing (3% use it)
- Telecommute option (10% use it)
- Compressed work weeks (2% use it)
FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS
|90 days Job-protected maternity leave||90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)|
|78 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take||20 days Job-protected paternity leave|
|20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)||14 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take|
|$10,000 Adoption benefit||90 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents|
|90 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)|
FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS
- Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
- Lactation room(s)
- Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
- Offsite subsidized childcare
- Elder care resources
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS
- Medical care
- Vision care
- Mental health care
- Fertility treatments
- Dental care
- Prescription drug subsidy
- Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS
- Breast cancer screening
- Blood pressure screening
- Complete biometric screening
- Cholesterol tests
- Flu shots
- Fitness center (at some locations)
Community Involvement & Philanthropy
| 15 hours Paid time off to volunteer|| $2,495,373 Philanthropic donations in last year|
- 'Diversity Partners' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
- Formal programs support professional development for: Women
- 30 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
- Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
- Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
How to Get Hired
We asked Alston & Bird LLP for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
One of the most important characteristics is having a positive attitude. We look to hire the best and brightest attitudes versus simply just focusing on the most impressive resumes. Candidates with strong customer service traits while valuing a diverse environment make the best fit.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
It’s very helpful candidates follow our hiring protocols by using our website. The Careers section of www.alston.com offers an overview of “Life at Alston & Bird” and highlights specific attributes and characteristics we will be looking for in the interview process. Committed candidates will need to demonstrate: success as a team player, a commitment to excellence, exceptional customer service, positive attitude, and a desire to give back to the community.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
The firm always has a need for qualified associates in all of our locations.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Interested candidates can learn more about the firm and its opportunities by visiting us at www.alston.com.
| 42 Job openings forecast for coming year|| 1% Job Growth|
| 88 Average applicants per opening|| 15,556 Applications received|
| 42 Positions filled in past year|| 31% New hires by employee referrals|
| 34 New positions created|| 12 Jobs filled by current employees|
| Yes Recruits on college campuses|| 47 New graduates hired|
| 8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees|