Midlevel associates at the nation’s largest law firms are pleased as punch, according to results from our annual survey of third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates. Smiling from salary increases and interesting work, associates gave their scores high marks this year.

 

Salary Hikes Keep Associates Happy
Our annual Midlevel Associates Survey finds high job satisfaction in firms’ junior ranks—even if many of those lawyers don’t plan to stick around.

 

Happiest Associates Give Firms High Marks for Technology
Law firms that scored high on technology had the highest overall scores for associate satisfaction.

 

Women, Minorities Report Different Satisfaction Levels, Career Trajectories
Satisfaction among women and minority midlevel associates was slightly lower than overall scores in our Midlevel Associates Survey.

 

Associates Say the Darndest Things: Their Funny Advice to Managing Partners
Our Midlevel Associates Survey isn’t all about numbers. We asked some open-ended questions too, including what they would want to tell their managing partners. Here are the funnier responses.

 

THE CHARTS

» Top Firms For Midlevel Associate Satisfaction: The National Rankings
Overall scores for associate satisfaction ticked up in most categories in our annual Midlevel Associate Survey. Our survey examined several aspects of job satisfaction for third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates. They include compensation and benefits, training and guidance, interaction with partners and other associates, the interest and satisfaction level of the work, the firm’s policy on billable hours and management’s openness about firm strategies and partnership chances. Midlevels graded their workplaces on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. Below, firms with 10 or more responses are ranked by their averages on those questions. The response rate is the percentage of eligible midlevels at the firm who participated in the survey.

 

» The Regional Take: Associate Satisfaction by City
Here are how firms were scored in individual offices around the country. The scores, ranks and number of respondents pertain just to the firm’s office in the city indicated, not to the firm as a whole. Only offices with at least five responses are listed.