Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
2.8 of 5 5 reviews
www.eckertseamans.com Pittsburgh, PA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Mar 18, 2014

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It is what it is...a law firm

Paralegal (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ProsRespected 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.

ConsLikely 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 Senior ManagementManagement not receptive to suggestions. Or slow to act on suggestions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Don't do it!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

ProsEasy and relatively low pressure

ConsDysfunctional and kind of twisted.

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Associate (Former Employee)

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Document Review (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott as a contractor for less than a year

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

ConsOpportunities for advancement are rare.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Associate Attorney (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

ProsTo 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.

ConsAt 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 Senior ManagementExpand 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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