Error

At Freeborn & Peters LLP, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 145 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.83. It was published on Apr 12, 2016. 749 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
99%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
97%
 
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
96%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
94%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
93%
 

What They Do

We asked Freeborn & Peters LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a full-service law firm committed to applying a human touch in a high-pressure industry. This allows our people to balance their work/personal lives, use their expertise to solve clients’ business problems, and build lasting relationships—so everyone succeeds.

About this Company

Website: www.freeborn.com Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Chicago, Illinois; Sprinfield, Illinois US Employees: 225
Corporate Structure: Partnership Founded: 1983

Freeborn & Peters LLP has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 84)


Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Perks and Programs

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

  • Luggage Party: Freeborn & Peters LLP hosts an annual Luggage Party where employees arrive at work with suitcases packed for a trip and five are randomly selected to be whisked away to an unknown location on a designated weekend in May. Winners receive limo service to and from the airport, airfare, hotel accommodations and $300 spending cash. Dinner at a prominent restaurant is also included.
  • Wellness Program: Freeborn & Peters LLP offers a robust wellness program focusing on employee well-being and education. Weekly fresh fruit delivery, a free nutritional online resource tool, on-site fitness club with subsidy for employees. Free biometric screenings with a premium reduction incentive and free flu shots onsite. In addition, monthly lunch n’ learn sessions including an award-winning nutrition speaker, “deskercise” stretch seminar, and yoga.
  • Cafe Le Partner: In 2014, we introduced a way for partners and firm management to thank all of the staff for their hard work. Café Le Partner, held in November, is an opportunity for directors and partners to serve brunch to everyone in the firm’s conference center.
  • Freeborn Bucks: In 2016, we added a recognition and rewards program for staff only. The purpose is to give them a chance to formally recognize their peers when people make an extra effort. Each employee received a book of five $20 coupons (“Freeborn Bucks,” with the firm’s executive director’s face on the bill) to distribute throughout the year. Staff members write the recipient’s name on the front of the coupon and fill in the “You deserve Freeborn Bucks because …” section on the back.
  • Michael Shabat Award: When our colleague Michael Shabat passed away at only 53 in 2000, the Freeborn & Peters & Peters family was devastated. By exemplifying our core values in every respect, he had become a beloved partner and friend. To celebrate his memory, we developed the Michael Shabat Award. This is given annually to the person who most demonstrates our five core values. Integrity, Caring, Effectiveness, Teamwork and Commitment. Award winners receive a $500 American Express gift certificate and an engraved crystal plaque.
  • Holiday Cookie Party: One of our partners—a trained and certified pastry chef—bakes 1,400 cookies. These are brought into the office for a decorating party attended by our employees and their children. Prizes are given for the best cookie house, the house most likely to be condemned by a Chicago building inspector, and the cookie that most resembles one of the managing partners.
  • Cristo Rey Work Study Program: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School offers college prep education for immigrant families on Chicago’s near Southwest side. Our firm participates in a program that allows its students to work with us for five days each month and earn 70% of their tuition. This is one way to give back to the community for all that it has been given to us, and inspire young people to grow and develop to their potential.
  • Chicago Scholars: The Chicago Scholars Program helps marginalized high school students overcome the barriers to get to college. Then it works with them to graduate in four years and smoothly transition into careers that are a good fit, or move on to graduate study. We recently donated $120,000 to support 30 students through this five-year program. This represents our second five-year commitment. The Firm also hosts and sponsors the interview event every year. This year over 1800 students have applied for 525 spots in the program, the Chicago Scholars Class of 2021.
  • Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago: A non-profit organization that repairs homes for low-income homeowners in the City of Chicago and Cook County, the Metro Chicago Chapter is one of the largest affiliates of the national organization, which has 166 chapters. Our work with this organization was featured on a cover issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and we have been honored with the Work of Heart Award for a long-standing commitment.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: The Firm sponsors an annual Easter Egg hunt where almost 100 candy filled plastic eggs are hidden throughout the office. Several of the eggs are "golden" and contain cash. The whole Firm participates very enthusiastically in this event.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

97% Company-paid health coverage for employees 87% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
97% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

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

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
Volunteers for Race Judicata

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

31 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 31 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
22 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 22 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule (15% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

80 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
70 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents60 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.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • 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

  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Diversity

  • 'Director of HR and Diversity' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women
  • 3 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

 
Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Demographics

 
All Family Holiday Cookie Party

How to Get Hired

We asked Freeborn & Peters 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?

First and foremost, we look for people who demonstrate that they are in tune with our five core values, namely: integrity, caring, effectiveness, teamwork, and commitment.  We want to know that these are standards that they believe are important, and that they would find appealing in a potential employer. We also expect that we are engaging and investing in someone who is interested in more than just a job. We hope that new associates will become partners and eventually shareholders in the firm; and many of our staff have several decades of tenure. To that end, we seek people who are collegial and who want to be part of something larger than themselves. We want people who are curious, who make sense of information that suggests new possibilities, who communicate and connect with people, and who have the determination to fight together for big goals. CORE VALUES

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We believe that our culture and our business model differentiate us from our many competitors in legal services. As such, we look for candidates who can also differentiate themselves in our eyes.  Be able to state why your services are valuable to clients and to explain how the resources that are available to you in your firm can help you expand your book of business. To gain our attention, come to engage with us in a manner that is consistent with our values: demonstrate where you have contributed positively to the culture of your prior firms; ask questions about what we do and why we do it; and – respectfully – suggest innovate ways of doing things that go beyond what our firm is capable of today.

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

We always have an interest in speaking with attorneys looking to make a move.  All experience levels are of interest to us.  Our primary practice groups include litigation, corporate law, real estate, bankruptcy, and government and regulatory law. While we serve clients across all sectors, we are also looking for attorneys with experience in particular industries, including food; insurance and reinsurance; transportation, including railroads, trucking, and logistics; private equity and venture capital, healthcare; and construction services.

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

Interested candidates should send an inquiry to recruitingchair@freeborn.com for attorney positions and humanresourcesmanager@freeborn.com for all staff level positions. Visit our website at www.freeborn.com.

hiring Outlook

411 Applications received 21 Positions filled in past year
8% New hires by employee referrals 1 New positions created
2 Jobs filled by current employees 16% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

Related Companies