Cozen Tops Summer Associate Satisfaction List
In a year when response to Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's Summer Associates and Midlevel Associates satisfaction surveys was overwhelmingly positive, several Pennsylvania firms fell in the rankings due to stiff competition from other shops across the country.
However, one local firm that remained at or near the top of both lists for the second year in a row was Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor.
The firm's 10 summer associates gave it straight 5 out of 5 scores across the board, helping it to tie with Boston-based Foley Hoag for first place nationally in the Summer Associates survey.
The firm dropped two spots, from fifth place to seventh place, in the Midlevel Associates rankings, despite seeing its overall score improve slightly from 4.446 in 2012 to 4.476 in 2013.
To put it in perspective, the top-ranked firm on the Midlevel Associates list was Paul Hastings, which received a score of 4.895 from its midlevels.
Vincent R. McGuinness Jr., managing partner of Cozen O'Connor, said the firm was "thrilled" with its performance in both surveys this year.
While Cozen O'Connor was able to remain above the pack, a number of other Pennsylvania firms dropped down one or both of the lists.
Still, even those firms could not necessarily be said to have dissatisfied associates. Rather, more firms across the country saw increases in associate satisfaction from 2012 to 2013, raising the overall bar.
Philadelphia-based Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was the only Pennsylvania firm other than Cozen O'Connor to crack the top 10 on both lists, jumping from number 19 in the 2012 Summer Associates survey to number 9 this year.
Of the nine metrics factored into the aggregate score, summer associates gave the firm its highest marks in the category "overall rating as a place to work" and its lowest marks in "how interesting the work was" and "partner-summer associate interactions."