Goodwin Procter and Boston Globe Need to Work on Their Timing

goodwin Procter logo.JPGOn Sunday, the Boston Globe released its list of the Top 100 Place to Work in Massachusetts. Goodwin Procter placed #74. That’s interesting because last Thursday Goodwin laid off 55 people.
Nice timing on the Globe report. In a companion article titled “They look past the paycheck” the Globe highlights Goodwin:

Under the traditional apprenticeship system at law firms, new lawyers learn from partners who handpick associates they want for particular cases. …
A new approach matches the associate’s professional development goals with a partner’s needs, leaving associates less at the whim of partners and partners more assured of a good fit. Goodwin Procter has a site online where associates enter their availability and their interests, but it takes more than a grand schedule to make the program work. Staffing managers who are lawyers themselves make the match.

Wrong day for that story. Wrong day.
Goodwin wasn’t the only law firm on the list. Other firms after the jump.

The Goodwin Procter write up included this gem that recently laid off associates must have loved:

“The new generation of professionals isn’t as willing to just sit back and say, ‘Yes, I’ll do whatever you want.’ Firms are beginning to explore better ways to keep associates happy and better ways to train them,” she said. “I wish there had been something like this when I was an associate.”

Even though Goodwin was highlighted, other law firms were higher up on the Globe’s list. Bingham McCutchen was #21. Last year, Bingham was ranked the 30th best company to work for by Fortune magazine. Clearly, the firm is doing something right.
WilmerHale came in at #98.
Not listed, Ropes & Gray. Of course, Ropes is busy with other things right now.
Are you looking for a job in Massachusetts? Check out the full list below.
The Globe 100’s top places to work [Boston Globe]
They look past the paycheck [Boston Globe]
Earlier: Nationwide Layoff Watch: Goodwin Procter Makes Grown Men Cry?
Fortune Lists Top 100 Companies to Work For

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