Dickstein Shapiro
3.2 of 5 10 reviews
www.dicksteinshapiro.com Washington, DC 500 to 999 Employees

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Not As Advertised

Associate (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Dickstein Shapiro

ProsVery accepting of LGBT community; the attorney offices are nice; the location of the New York office isn't stellar but is reasonably convenient to most transportation; people are not pretentious; you don't have to be a pretty person to be accepted; the firm provides very good CLE training offered from outside consultants brought into the firm for associates; the go-to person for ethics questions is serious, intelligent, and sensible.

Cons(1) Extremely clique-y in the insurance group, which is the economic driver of the New York office; (2) the NY office seems disconnected generally with the D.C. office, where people seem marginally happier; (3) the firm misrepresentats the number of hours expected - "1950" is what's stated, but associates are also expected to do at least 50 pro bono, and another 50 of "firm citizenship" hours, such as interviewing hapless recruits, attending summer events and the like. That is 2050 hours, not 1950. Math is hard. But still. Associates aren't stupid. Don't whitewash things and they will respect you more.

Advice to Senior Management(1) Do not lie to your associates. Betrayal is worse than saying something that's hard to say in the first instance. (2) Keeping partners who (a) have anger management problems, such as throwing staplers at employees and (b) sexually harass employees is not a good way to keep or recruit associates. (3) Treat your associates with respect and they will give you better results, work harder for you, and reward you with loyalty. Do the opposite and they will envision your destruction with pleasure. (4) Plan your time better, and don't put things off to the last minute because you fear billing clients. An all-nighter costs at least as much as 2 weeks of normal hours on a brief, but creates an inferior product and damages internal morale, not to mention the mental and physical toll it takes on the attorneys.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pros: One of the best salaries Excellent Benefits IN-House Gym In-House Cafeteria In-House Copy Service Down… Cons: Paralegal Management very deceptive, unfair and overall unwilling to hear one's side. Partners rarely have an open… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Okay to earn some money for a few years.

Associate (Former Employee)

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Pros: Money, but not as much as at other big firms.… Cons: Unfair reviews and arbitrary advancement decisions. Lots of great people there,… Advice to Senior Management: Get control of the out of control partners. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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