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Reed Smith Global Managing Partner Alexander Y. Thomas
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    Decent pay, good benefits, limited growth opportunities for staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Reed Smith offers a good benefits package, and the pay for staff can be good. Some attorneys are difficult to deal with, but the majority are fine to work with as long as they see you as a problem-solver.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's no means for advancing my career within my department. Some teams are reclusive and unhelpful. The org chart's a bit of a mess.

    Over the last five years, there's been a steady decline of stupid little things like free lunches or tchotchke's given to staff. These are never exciting to receive, but actually go a long way for making employees feel valued.

    Human Resources here is blatantly working on the company's behalf and not that of the employee's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review inter-team communication and ensure that none are becoming silo'd off. Review how teams are to communicate with each other. If one team is required to send out a lot of email notifications, ensure that their output is normalized across team members by requiring that they use a form. Standardization would help a lot for dealing with some of this stuff. Encourage staff training programs.

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Reed Smith Interviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
Updated Jul 11, 2014

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    Human Resources/Legal Recruiting Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Reed Smith in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to this position from a current partner of the firm and the process was very quick. I received a phone call the next morning after applying and it seemed to be a casual conversation about my qualifications, but I imagine it was their way of "screening" me. I interviewed in person about a week later in their NY office. I met with two members of the HR staff. Both were very warm and welcoming. They could tell I was nervous and a bit intimidated and they really helped me to relax. The interview was not difficult, they didn't ask many situational or typical interview questions- they seemed to focus on how my resume and experiences would line up with the job duties- which made the interview feel more like a comfortable conversation rather than a difficult interview. I certainly walked away from this experience with a highly positive impression of the firm.

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Website www.reedsmith.com
Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1941
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Reed Smith has gone global. The firm has about 1,600 lawyers in more than 20 offices in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia/Pacific region. Although much of the firm's work involves international business transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters, Reed Smith maintains a wide range of practice areas, from bankruptcy and commercial restructuring to intellectual property, life science, and health care offerings. The firm draws clients from numerous industries, including advertising, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and shipping. Reed Smith was founded in... More

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