Dickstein Shapiro

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Dickstein Shapiro Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
13 Reviews
2.8
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    A friendly working environment. The firm treated their staff very well and were extremely understanding and generous.

    Cons

    Having to deal with D.C. firm for certain issues.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best firms to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, decent benefits, a lot of staff support, Incentive bonuses in addition to regular bonus, great pay (for attorneys and staff)

    Cons

    Stress of not getting your billable hours of it's slow

  3.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    People are great to work with.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities not there for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is a bit lower than market

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    One of the best salaries
    Excellent Benefits
    IN-House Gym
    In-House Cafeteria
    In-House Copy Service
    Down to earth attorney's to work for

    Cons

    Paralegal Management very deceptive, unfair and overall unwilling to hear one's side.
    Partners rarely have an open door policy-you have to go to the Senior Paralegal to find out what the Partner wants..

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Business Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Confidential (Business Professional)  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Confidential (Business Professional) in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intelligent and professional people. This used to be a great place to work, with many programs and initiatives to promote work life balance and development. Lately, there is no communication.

    Cons

    Job security. You never know when they are going to do a round of lay-offs and there's no communication on the issues going on. There is a strong disconnect in the message and what is being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was okay.

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

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    The exposure is a good reason.

    Cons

    Dealing with the different personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has gone downhill...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro

    Pros

    Like most firms, staff and attorneys are a tiny bit cliquish, but it is not as bad here as some other places. You can still be friends with attorney, staff, and partner alike. As with all place, you have you're exceptions, but overall the people who work here are wonderful. The benefits are pretty good, and the office is locate right above a metro stop. They have diversity programs with some great speakers, and the office is really nice and brand new. They have their own cafe with is pretty decent, but also a bunch of places to eat in the lower level. There is also a gym in the building with nice equipment.

    Cons

    This place used to be a great place to work, but like many other firms in the area has been forced to cut back. The place where the cutbacks are felt the most is with staff. The amount on how they have cut back on staff has gotten to the point where the staff is unhappy (both supporting staff because they have to support as many as 3 to 4 attorneys/partners each, and attorneys who have to prepare much of their own stuff since things aren't getting done as quick as they used to.) You have some people who are incredibly busy to the point of tears and others walking around complaining about the work they don't ever seem to be working on. Maybe it was just my practice area, but management had no clue as to what was going on. When you are new, you're pretty much on you're own as far as training goes, unless you're lucky enough to find someone who wants to help you out (the great people that work there are a BIG pro). It wasn't even a year ago I used to love coming here. Now I'm glad it's over with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Playing favorites...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickstein Shapiro full-time for more than 5 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    Disappointed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Dickstein Shapiro full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities, compensation was nothing to sneeze at (very competitive), benefits were equally competitive.

    Cons

    Working at Dickstein Shapiro felt very much to be in a "family" environment, until the managing partner, Angelo Arcadipane, left and Mike Nannes took the position. This change, coupled with the growth of the firm through mergers and acquisitions, proved this to no longer be the case. The feeling of being part of a "team" effort was lost to the majority being out for "themselves".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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