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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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2.6 11 reviews

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27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Boutique vs. Smidgen

    LAA (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat training, Help Desk always available, IT and accounting excellent. Good pay (also a con for staff).

    ConsLittle to no advancement for staff. One title covers all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMultiple offices in various cities should be evaluated/comparable to a similar firm across the street (benefits): Salary, hours, PTO, holidays, bonus, educational reimbursement. Experienced/dedicated staff should also be considered a valuable asset. Watch the professionals for abusing Office Policies not staff.

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

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    Corporate world

    Staff Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGood co-workers, convenient location, free soda. Attorney side seems to be doing well.

    ConsNo promotional track for staff. Overload with middle managers who cannot perform the duties of those they are supervising. Duties of real job often not the job advertised. The "Good old boy" system lives on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut some of that middle management and hire to the actual jobs. Promote from the inside. Have a real staff that can preform the real duties instead of staffing to meet some business model theory.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Core Values = No Morale

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNot much, really. When morale is so low, it is hard to see the positive.

    ConsThe merger between Blackwell Sanders and Husch & Eppenberger killed the highly respected and well-run Blackwell Sanders firm. A once collegial environment turned to blood sport as the Husch attorneys thirst for “control” pervaded. Overall, a power-hungry group who are arrogant and disrespectful and who do not care who they crush along the way – even their own colleagues. It was the most demoralizing experience working at the “new” firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm is no longer under the leadership of Dave Fenley. If it were, I would have a much better review.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing in that the benefit of a large firm were not accessible to everyone.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFor a highly motivated young attorney, this could be a firm for you.

    ConsManagement does not appreciate attorneys who are outside the box of what this firm thinks an attorney looks and acts like.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the worst companies for Welsh & Katz, Ltd. to have merged with

    Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat if you can work without job security and don't mind being micromanaged

    ConsMerge pitfall: a decent boutique IP firm got swallowed up by general law. Positions eliminated to promote numbers balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould have treated people as part of the "team" instead of excess baggage, not just by billable hours or by how many people assigned to work for

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome perks and benefits

    Conflicts Analyst (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGreat benefits, friendly management, awesome perks and decent pay.

    ConsThankless work, rude attorneys, lots of overtime, etc.

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

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    Disrespectful and arrogant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits; professional administrative management; some good work opportunities; good administrative, IT and accounting support; high-end office space (although also a con for overhead).

    ConsManagement of some professional staff is performed by attorneys with no management background or training. Leadership is perceived as arrogant and disrespectful. High overhead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement training for all personnel in management positions. Dedicated management and professional development personnel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent Place to Work

    Paralegal II (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    Pros- Good benefits
    - Opportunities to break into legal with no experience
    - Friendly employees

    Cons- Oversell opportunities for clerks to move to paralegals
    - Long hours sometimes required

    Advice to Senior ManagementSelling newcomers on advancement opportunities then not delivering does not foster good will.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Different but the same

    Attorney (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsMany brilliant attorneys in a wide variety of specialties. For the most part, the support staff are very helpful and willing to do what it takes to meet a client's needs.

    ConsComing from the Blackwell Sanders side, the Husch side had little appreciation for the qualitative aspects of the specialties developed and maintained in Blackwell. The firm merged simply to get bigger, not better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe change of leadership is helpful, but too much has been done under the prior leaders' hands.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very nice place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chattanooga, TN

    ProsSalary and benefits are terrific.

    ConsLack of respect to non-attorney staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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