Dykema

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Dykema Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
17 Reviews
3.0
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Attorney

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dykema

    Pros

    Nice people, great flexibility, good training, beautiful offices, nice staff, challenging work, good pay, patient with new associates in learning and increasing hours over time

    Cons

    Clients are demanding, structure is hierarchical, partners' incentives sometimes result in bad situations for associates, expected to be available at all times (due to clients)

  2.  

    Good firm, relatively laid back.

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    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Dykema full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are mostly very nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    The firm is very, very cheap.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Satisfying law firm experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, experienced partners, and decent pay.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in upper management, few female partners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Would be a great company if Chicago was the corporate office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Dykema full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Honestly, 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 ManagementAdvice

    More training on a specific basis, not general for everyone. Also, a lead manager, not twenty!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Dykema full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice people and nice work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dykema

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Law Firm

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Attorney in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Dykema full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Standard big law politics at play

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    dead end job cubicle hell

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    Former Employee - Annoynmoous in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Annoynmoous in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Dykema full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    just a paycheck better than unemployment

    Cons

    uptight management, chronism, old boys network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff, increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, flawed business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the Chicago office flourish. The entire firm will benefit as a result.

  11.  

    "OK" but not great...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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