Dickstein Shapiro Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Good place, good folks, could be better...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, mostly everyone is friendly. Enjoyed most of my time at the firm. Firm tries to hire very bright people and places a real emphasis on professional development.

    Cons

    Biggest con was job insecurity as a result of countless attorneys departing firm and changes in leadership. Further, firm restructuring did not help ease minds. Also pay could've been better.

    Advice to Management

    Create ways for staff to feel as though their input actually matters and is acted upon. Also do something to increase morale and keep good people at the firm.


  2. Unstable Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting cases, industry-leading clients. Most partners work closely with associates/counsel and staff to accomplish objectives in a timely manner.

    Cons

    Many of the attorneys and staff that once made the firm a dynamic workplace have left in recent departures. Job insecurity and negative media stories are eroding confidence. The practice areas are very distinct, which used to be a strength of the firm, but in the past two years made it easier for large groups of attorneys to leave together.

    Advice to Management

    Make a visible, proactive plan to retain attorneys and staff.


  3. Long slide down

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Early in my time at Dickstein, it was a great place to work. The people were friendly and the leadership was accessible and supportive.

    Cons

    Partners began to leave the firm, and there was an undercurrent of worry. The firm had one round of layoffs, then another, and attorneys continued to leave the firm. Then there was a change in leadership, when the COO position was installed. This led to more restructuring and even more staff and administrative departures. Many of the people I'd worked with (including myself), opted to seek more stability elsewhere and the exodus of leadership positions continues to this day.

    Advice to Management

    I actually wish the best of luck to what remains of the management of this firm, I think hard times have only gotten harder in recent years. Also note to Glassdoor: Mike Nannes is not the CEO anymore.


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  5. Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers. Once was a great place to Employees were shown appreciation and considered part of the team.

    Cons

    Favoritism HIGH. If they like you personally - you can go far. If not - you have no chance for advancement or staying for any length of time. All about the upper management comfort. No salary increase for MOST staff for over 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics where the staff & teamwork was IMPORTANT. Minimize favoritism or try at least try not to be so outwardly obvious about it.


  6. Management really makes the difference.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They spent money on technology and proper training They were big on diversity and associated activities They held staff appreciation activities to promote family People of all levels (partners, associated, paralegals, etc.) shared gratitude and appreciation for IT at times

    Cons

    Unqualified people were allowed to make decisions without consulting the SMEs, but were quick to point fingers at the SMEs if something went wrong IT management was cold, heartless, and dishonest Despite complaints about management, the positions were rarely, if ever, addressed

    Advice to Management

    Good management can take a team/organization a long way. Be honest with your employees, help to boost morale, show your appreciation and gratitude, because your staff spends more time with you then their real families.


  7. Helpful (1)

    You can find something better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Professional
    Current Employee - Business Professional

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Kind and intelligent people at all levels

    Cons

    Very little communication from leadership Periodic lay offs Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Be more open in your communication firm wide and show some appreciation for your people


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hard to say where the firm is going

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    People are great for the most part.

    Cons

    Not a lot of chance for advancement. Uncertain future given the reduction in attorneys and staff.


  9. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - work life balance - salary - commitment to the overall community - Caring management - good raises

    Cons

    - Lots of overtime during certain times of the year (I guess can be expected within any industry)


  10. Helpful (1)

    Playing favorites...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small environment, you get to know everyone. Teammates genuinely care about you and work well together. Attempts are made to ensure that everyone is happy - but without fixing some of the problems, hard to overcome.

    Cons

    Leadership plays favorites - no basis for some decisions. Creates a clique type team environment where there is animosity between teammates - and you feel as though you're constantly being put down.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Working through some issues

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    Stable, and some well-recognized groups. Folks are generally nice, but sometimes unwilling to confront the problems.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management; the usual big-law work-life balance (or lack thereof). Bad press this year.



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