The American Lawyer annual associate satisfaction rankings have dropped to their lowest in six years, reports the magazine. The main reason has been extra work, pay cuts and staffing issues.

The annual associate survey found Boston’s Nutter McLennon at Number one position, followed by St Louis’ Thompson Coburn. Both firms took the same spot last year for the national rankings.

Number 3 was Gibson Dunn, 4, Harter Secrets; 5, Best Best; 6, Dorsey & Whitney; 7, Paul Hastings; 8, Harris Beach; 9, Gibbons; 10, Ropes and Gray.

The big mover nationally was Paul Hastings.

See the results here: Associates Survey Results

How are the results calculated?

To find out how third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates rate their firms as workplaces, our annual midlevel survey examined 12 areas that contribute to job satisfaction. They include relations with partners and other associates, the interest and satisfaction level of the work, training and guidance, policy on billable hours, management’s openness about firm strategies and partnership chances, the firm’s attitude toward pro bono work, compensation and benefits, and the respondents’ inclination to stay at their firm for at least two more years. Respondents graded their firms on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.

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