Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
7 Reviews
3.2
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent opportunities to work in a number of expanding practice groups

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow with firm; excellent mentorship available within practice groups; extremely collegial; excellent law firm management (carries no debt, doesn't waste money); well positioned in market; opportunities abound for cross-departmental work if you seek it out

    Cons

    If you're not actively making relationships across practice group lines, you may never meet anyone outside your practice group...ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest further in cross-departmental mentorship program for associates; and while the low overhead is a positive, office space doesn't attribute well to synergy among employees. Team morale isn't very high outside confines of specific practice groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Management by fear was rampant. We were required to sit in silence 10-11 hours a day.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I needed a job. They paid on time and permitted overtime.

    Cons

    QA was criticized by management for not being critical of reviewers even when there was nothing they could find to criticize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is what it is...a law firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Respected Pittsburgh firm with common sense attorneys with a decent environment to work. There are time pressures from time to time to get work done but that is part of any law firm job.

    Cons

    Likely not a lot of room for growth. No hierarchical or steps for achievement to get to the next level (if there is one). Not sure how compensation is based or why others who do less get compensated more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management not receptive to suggestions. Or slow to act on suggestions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't do it!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

    Pros

    Easy and relatively low pressure

    Cons

    Dysfunctional and kind of twisted.

  6.  

    Be Careful

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

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This firm has a good reputation with a solid client base.

    Cons

    Management pays a lot of lip service to what associates want to hear. However, in practice management does not care about the professional development of associates. Your value and power is directly related to the amount of money you generate for the firm. Attorneys who do not generate enough billable hours are let go. Morale was poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your associates - lateral hiring is only a band-aid solution. Think long term and not only monthly and yearly billables.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Bayern Pharma case

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Review in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Document Review in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They hire candidates who are new to the review process, and can help you learn the basics of document review.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Eckert is typical for a medium-size law firm - But individual experiences can be horrifying.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

    Pros

    To my knowledge, no attorneys were ever "laid-off" from Eckert. That is likely a function that the firm does not staff up very aggressively when times are busy. It also is proud of not having any lay-offs in its recent history and wants to protect that reputation. For anyone working in the Pittsburgh headquarters, the experience is reported to be a good one for attorneys, i.e., fair amount of respect and high degree of collaboration between attorneys of various levels. The benefits are average for a law firm of its size.

    Cons

    At its offices other than the headquarters in Pittsburgh, there is very little sense of the collegial atmosphere that exists at the headquarters. Pay is modest and bonuses are nearly nonexistent. There is very little communication to the associate attorney level as to the financial performance of the firm. There are no written standards as to how to progress in making "member" or "special member". (Eckert uses the term "member" rather than "partner".)

    Gaining expertise through collaboration or the chance for new opportunities is nonexistent. Individual partners are allowed to entirely run certain practice groups entirely independently, without any mentoring or management expertise from the firm. The associate attorneys within that group are entirely at the whim of the particular partners and even when there has been extraordinary level of turnover within a practice group, management does not involve themselves in its management.

    The firm's internal IT systems are outdated and poorly functioning. Even though the IT personnel themselves make every attempt to be helpful and solve problems, they are hamstrung by the infrastructure and existing systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the firm's culture of collegiality and opportunity to locations other than Pittsburgh.
    Train and mentor individual members in how to manage and treat others in order to generate peak performance.
    Communicate clear standards for performance and pay.

    Doesn't Recommend

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