At Arnold & Porter LLP, 88 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 523 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.75. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 10502 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.

What They Do

We asked Arnold & Porter LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are an international law firm recognized for excellence in handling complex and challenging matters.  Nearly 750 lawyers strong, we practice in more than 30 distinct areas of law serving our clients' regulatory, transactional, and litigation needs.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia US Sites: 7
Major Locations: New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas US Employees: 1,244
US Revenues: $601.6 million Worldwide Revenues: $649.8 million
Employees Worldwide: 1,351 Corporate Structure: Partnership
Founded: 1946

Charlie Bonifacio, who is located in Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco office, won two roundtrip airline tickets in the Firm’s Staff Appreciation Week raffles. The Firm raffles off several sets of airline tickets every year as part of the week-long celebration.

Perks and Programs

We asked Arnold & Porter LLP to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Women’s Leadership Initiative: Arnold & Porter has a Women’s Leadership Initiative, which is comprised of three female partners and the Firm’s Chairman, to focus on strategic efforts to ensure success for women and the Firm. Firm Management meets with the leaders of the Women’s Leadership Initiative regularly to ensure they are making progress against these objectives. On at least an annual basis, the Firm Chair and the Managing Partner hold an interactive session with the women partners and counsel to exchange thoughts and ideas on how the efforts are going. In November of 2015, the Firm held a retreat for all women partners and counsel that focused on executive leadership, business development training and networking. Retention and advancement of women are critical to Arnold & Porter’s long term success.
  • Adoption Payment Increase: In 2014, Arnold & Porter increased the Firm’s adoption payment from $5,000 to $10,000 with no lifetime maximum benefit. Their insurance coverage includes fertility treatments with a benefit up to $30,000. These benefits apply equally to attorneys and staff members, regardless of tenure with the Firm.
  • In-house Career Guidance Counselors: Arnold & Porter’s in-house career guidance counselors work one-on-one with their lawyers to develop and track career goals. An attorney’s conversations with a career counselor is completely confidential. Our career counselors are currently assisting 70% of the Firm’s associates.
  • Staff Longevity Bonuses: Approximately 59% of Arnold & Porter’s staff, in their domestic offices, have worked for the Firm for ten years or more. Staff members who have tenure of ten or more years are awarded a longevity bonus on their employment anniversary. Bonuses range from $1,500 to $5,000.
  • On-site Children's Center: Arnold & Porter operates and subsidizes an on-site Children’s Center, in their headquarters' office, that offers full or part-time child care. When the Firm’s headquarters office moves to a new location in Washington, DC, they are expanding the Children’s Center in order to accommodate more children. Firm employees run the Center and are long tenured employees.
  • Mentor Circles for Women Lawyers: In 2015, the Arnold & Porter affinity group for women lawyers created mentoring circles in our Washington, DC office, which has the largest population of women associates. Eight to ten associates of varying seniority levels were grouped with three or four partners and/or counsel who serve as co-leads for the circle. We currently have six mentoring circles with some circles meeting as regularly as twice a month to discuss issues relating to promotion and career advancement, work/life balance, and other timely topics. The partners and counsel have found it to be a great opportunity to connect with the women associates, and the associates have found it valuable to interact informally with more senior women outside of their practice groups.


$95,021 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Legal Secretary $249,945 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate
75% Company-paid health coverage for employees 75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 25 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance for retirees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Long-term care insurance to employees


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Personal travel service
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Subsidized public transportation
The Firm’s DC basketball team took home the gold in this year’s competition in a local summer basketball league. The Firm sponsors athletic teams in order to foster camaraderie among employees.


35 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 35 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
130 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 130 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (99% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)


120 days Job-protected maternity leave90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
98 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take30 days Job-protected paternity leave
30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)24 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit120 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)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Flu shots
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$62,703,000 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • 'Chairman' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 6 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

Executive Diversity

Arnold & Porter employees and friends participate in DC Scores Cup to help raise money for an organization that provides athletic, artistic, service and other development opportunities to thousands of low-income youth who would not otherwise have such opportunities.


Arnold & Porter moms (Laura Workman, Marketing Coordinator; Jennifer Gewertz, Sr Manager of Recruitment; Christina Brenha, Associate) enjoy time with their children (Grace, Jordan, and Brooks) in the Firm’s on-site Children’s Center in the Washington, DC office.

How to Get Hired

We asked Arnold & Porter 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?

Commitment. Excellence. Innovation. If you can embrace those three words — and the values they represent — you'll fit right in at Arnold & Porter LLP.  We have a dynamic team of employees who value and share the firm's long-standing commitment to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, diversity, collegiality, and community service.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

If you're committed to professional excellence, high legal and ethical standards and community service, then you could be a good fit for a role at Arnold & Porter.  The company sees the firm as a collection of independent, diverse personalities who share a common devotion to first-class legal work and values individuality, encouraging employees to be themselves.  The work environment is spirited, open, welcoming and fast-paced, so Arnold & Porter seeks employees who thrive under those conditions.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Interested candidates are encouraged to periodically check the “Careers” section of our website to view the list of current open positions.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

The “Careers” section of our website provides detailed information regarding employment at the Firm and candidates can apply to our open positions through our online submission system.  Additionally, you can view candid video interviews and read stories about life at Arnold & Porter LLP in order to learn more about the Firm.

hiring Outlook

116 Job openings forecast for coming year -2% Job Growth
31 Average applicants per opening 4,640 Applications received
133 Positions filled in past year 9% New hires by employee referrals
17 New positions created 8 Jobs filled by current employees
11 New graduates hired 11% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
12% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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