Jenner & Block

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Jenner & Block Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very relaxed atmosphere in a small office environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jenner & Block

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and monthly social events.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Jenner.

  2.  

    Smart, passionate people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The talent at the firm is top of the line. I believe it is moving away from allowing the older generations to hold 100% of the vision for the firm's direction and taking a more open approach to the younger generation's view for the firm.

    Cons

    Salary is lock-step and the firm is in general kind of cheap (does not pay bar fees or for late night meals). Not much incentive for an associate to do more than hour requirement or bring in new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to allow the younger generations to have a seat at the table. Also, small perks go a long way for associate morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Life in Corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have a nice salary.

    Cons

    Great litigation. Horrible for corporate associates. Not free market. Extreme cronyism. A very "boy's club" atmosphere where non-diverse individuals do well. The Firm maintains an outward stance that pro bono work is important, but too many hours will result in e-mails from upper management for not billing more. Also, the Firm maintains a "one firm" policy toward the other offices, but they really function more as individual offices.

    The Firm is not transparent as to financial decisions. The salary is lock step only through the first three years, but the bonuses are not to market and very difficult to understand how the figure is determined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging legal environment. Its best to align yourself with 4-5 corner partners by providing great customer service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Resource in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Resource in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with very smart people
    Partnership embraces technology
    Lots of opportunity if you work hard
    Developing direct business relationships with senior partners can be very rewarding

    Cons

    Senior Staff leadership is knowledgeable but is very difficult to deal with and goes through direct reports far too frequently.
    Many of the partners do not respect staff, lack of respect disseminates through organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partnership Management Team needs to be more aware and understand impact of senior staff management practices.
    Attorneys need to spend more time mentoring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned how to be a lawyer at Jenner. It is a firm with great attorneys who care about your growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mentors, interesting cases, collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work life balance sometimes is hard to achieve, but that's common in all big law jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing ways to improve work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Specified in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Not Specified in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is good. Offices are fairly new although not ergonomic. Staff benefits like ice cream socials are minimal but ample.

    Cons

    Firm in financial trouble - doesn't pay bills on time. Firm has cut all staff benefits and is phasing out bonuses. Partners not aware of firm status and how staff morale has been decimated. Line managers are mere puppets and all of the valuable and qualified administrative staff has jumped ship leaving a sub-standard management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management falls on deaf ears. Partners need to be more involved and aware of the actions of their administrative management which is nespotic and dishonest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Shocked at the Change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jenner & Block

    Pros

    Good location and new offices.

    Cons

    Partners have absolved themselves of how the firm is being run and how staff is being treated. Salary raises are practically non-existent, bonuses have been decimated and are likely to be discontinued and even the least expensive traditions of the firm have been stripped and left the staff demoralized and in fear of what they'll lose next. They're completely terrorized of continuing, random layoffs. I've witnessed sleazy termination set-ups, and disrespect of basic human decency without regard for truth or basic ethics and morals. Other law firms and vendors ask Jenner staff if the firm is is in financial trouble. They do so because payments to vendors are so very late as to be embarrassing. The office culture which was once inclusive and had an air of comradery, is now dehumanized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The partners should re-establish communications with the people they work with most closely - your secretaries and paralegals. Pay attention to what your administrative management is doing and how the firm's reputation in the legal community is being impacted. It's not your partnership anymore when you let your administrative management tell you that how the firm is run is none of your business.

  9.  

    Great law firm.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High level of learning. In-house training.

    Cons

    Some people were very pompous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work -- when there is work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, easy access free CLE training, sincere commitment to pro bono work

    Cons

    During periods when there is not much work, the partners become much more surly and other amenities disappear -- for instance, the firm used to provide donuts on the weekends for those of us working then. The firm no longer does that. The firm used to provide dinner service for those of working late. The firm no longer does that. When the firm is busy, all staff is treated as though they are important. When things are slow, staff is not treated well.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that takes great care of its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great management and good work environment

    Cons

    long hours and fast paced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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