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Updated Jul 6, 2014

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3.0 14 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

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Steven J. Campbell

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Satisfying law firm experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart coworkers, experienced partners, and decent pay.

    ConsLack of diversity in upper management, few female partners.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would be a great company if Chicago was the corporate office

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood people, regular run of the mill corporate office feel. They do try to do nice things for employees to make it a more enjoyable atmosphere. Nice offices.

    ConsHonestly, the worst is that Detroit makes all the decisions and are very behind the times. If Chicago could make their own decisions it would be much better. Additionally, way to many manager on top of managers. You have to answer to 20 different people and no one really can help without involving all the others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training on a specific basis, not general for everyone. Also, a lead manager, not twenty!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Serves its purpose, was able to put food on the table while working there but not much else.

    Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsBenefits are good, attorneys are mostly nice and HR does what they can with what they have to work with. Vacation time is four weeks if you are there over 10 years.

    ConsLow pay, firm seems unstable, i.e., Detroit office calls the shots and they are probably not in the best position to be making financial decisions that impact the entire firm, second the no-diversity comment from previous poster

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let your attorneys that bill millions of dollars every year walk out the door with their clients. Recent layoffs to save money only make the firm look bad overall and reinforce the Detroit mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people and nice work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are nice, technology is up to date and the firm has an open door policy. Coworkers are very helpful and they really stress teamwork and work-life balance.

    ConsUpper management is a little clueless about what is going on with the associates. Unfortunately, if there is not a specific partner that takes you under their wing, you are not going to make your hours and will have a very difficult time finding significant projects to develop your skills. There is still a bit of a good ole boys mentality at this law firm and they need to be consistent about working on diversity. There is a lot of diversity with the staff but not a lot of diversity with the attorneys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on diversity and take an interest in junior and mid-level associates to ensure they are getting the work to grow their skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Law Firm

    Attorney (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsThe Firm is very flexible and offers a wide variety of services to its clients.

    ConsStandard big law politics at play

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    dead end job cubicle hell

    Annoynmoous (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    Prosjust a paycheck better than unemployment

    Consuptight management, chronism, old boys network

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your staff, increase pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great people, flawed business strategy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThere are many very fine attorneys there. They are very competent in their areas of practice, and are fun to work with. There are no "screamers" or jerks. Every single one was pleasant to everyone, including to the staff.

    ConsThe efforts of firm leadership to maintain the "center of gravity" in Michigan is holding the firm back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the Chicago office flourish. The entire firm will benefit as a result.

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    "OK" but not great...

    (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the nicest people you could hope to work with. The culture among the partnership and associates is very laid back and family friendly. The workload is not demanding on anyone either. For lack of a better term, it is a very "nice" place to work.

    ConsToo topheavy with partners (might be near a 1:1 ratio), which can leave less room for advancement and create a poor leverage position for generating income. Pay scale and bonuses are also well below market (starting salary is about 120k in larger markets, 90k in smaller market offices). This can have the ugly side-effect of sometimes attracting less than the best quality of lawyers. It can be frustrating when work handed up the food chain is sub-par and requires significant revision. Management is often not forthright with non-equity partners (and associates) regarding decision making and it feels like they've made some bad calls recently. Can't speak for the picture inside the equity circle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open with your decision making. Trim some fat from the partner ranks. Raise your pay scale at all levels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't look to get any advancement here....only CERTAIN people move up in the ranks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat personnel and by that I mean everyone BUT and EXCLUDING management, technology is up to date, they pay for your gym membership, offer RTA vouchers, performance bonus and 401(k) matching

    ConsCompany has NO diversity in upper management, just one color...WHITE, not representative of the staff that works here. No females of color in upper management. Seems like office managers show preferential treatment to certain staff members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everyone the same, be fair, be open to promoting from within including those positions in administration or management, provide opportunity for your employees to truly tell you what they think

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Supportive, Resourceful Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWhatever you need to get your work done, the firm is generous with backup support and resources, including plenty of IT support staff, librarians and administrative assistants. The firm does not cut costs on rent space, the office environment is expansive with plenty of work rooms, spacious offices and conference rooms.

    ConsThere is not a lot of room to expand and grow. If there is some area of work or practice you would like to transition towards, there is already one or more persons doing it and for obvious reasons they are territorial and protective of their turf. (In a smaller firm with less resources, more is expected from the people who work there which translates to maximum learning and growth opportunity.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have found the office managers to be extremely approachable, helpful and supportive - no advice to offer except keep doing what you are doing.

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