Chapman and Cutler LLP

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Chapman and Cutler LLP Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Size Firm with best Finance Work/ Tim Mohan is CEO for 3+ years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chapman and Cutler LLP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    top people, lucrative firm with numerous practice areas that have thrived through economic turmoil

    Cons

    Firm have minimal international exposure but therefor none of the economic pains and management distraction of over built Firms. Though municipal work is modest part of practice, many potential clients think of Chapman as a Muni Firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist temptation to grow much larger or assume all practice areas are immune to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Believe what you hear

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chapman and Cutler LLP

    Pros

    The people, in general, were very pleasant to deal with. Unfortunately, in many respects, that was a ruse, as the old-boys'-network and the high-school-clique mentality ultimately were what ran the firm.

    Cons

    I heard about Chapman's bias against women from the earliest moments of my tenure, especially when it came to the Banking department, which had a reputation for not keeping female associates beyond a few years, and virtually never making them partners. I didn't want to believe this, and thought that doing excellent work would be valued and would overcome any negligible bias. However, after my manager complained about the number of females in the summer associate class, and when push came to shove, the males in my department kept their jobs in the economic downturn, while I lost mine, I can only forewarn other young women to be careful taking a position at Chapman -- believe what you hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chapman is controlled by a group of people who think and act as if they were still in high school, focusing on cliques and popularity over good business decisions, and who value male contributions while almost entirely de-valuing female contributions. As this includes the current management, I would doubt any advice I could offer would be given any credit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good firm, but lack of ability to see unique value of individuals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chapman and Cutler LLP

    Pros

    Fiscally sound
    Competitive salary
    Focus on work/life balance
    Good reputation in legal community
    Fairly complex and high level work
    Good technology

    Cons

    The firm operates as a democracy, and leadership changes pretty regularly. The direction of the firm can change pretty significantly with the change in leadership, and makes things a bit unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to think outside the box when evaluating the value your employees bring to the firm. It's not always quantifiable in billable hours.

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