Jenner & Block Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
13 Reviews

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13 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

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    Current Employee - Not Specified  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Not Specified in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time for 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Great law firm.

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work -- when there is work

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    Current Employee - Staff Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that takes great care of its employees

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dedicated firm, but losing its way

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Strong pro bono leadership, great pay, great prestige

    Cons

    New leadership is trying to grow too fast and become national, younger attorneys get lost in the shuffle, not enough mentorship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose what made Jenner great in the hunt for profits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working as a legal secretary at Jenner

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people of Jenner & Block are what makes working there a good experience. I had the good fortune to have many good attorneys to work for and a bunch of truly good people to work with.

    Cons

    Obviously the biggest con is that I was laid off after 25 years of working there. I will miss the people greatly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the good employees that you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sucks the soul right out of you

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. If you do your job well you get a bonus at the end of the year. It used to be a longevity bonus but they recently changed it. Insurance is great but expensive.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful work environment, poor management (at least where I worked), micromanaging bosses. If you're not into kissing you-know-what, you won't succeed. They have a reputation for working people "to death," and it's true. I say it sucks the soul right out of you because anytime you think you're doing well, someone will find a way to knock you down again. I never felt like I had a chance to succeed, and eventually I believed that I never would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a legal career.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent money (strictly in comparison to other non-technical jobs available to recent grads).
    Smart colleagues.
    Free dinner buffet, taxi vouchers, and great benefits.
    Good diversity vs. other top Chicago firms.

    Cons

    Work like balance.
    Minimum exposure to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Land more big clients and cases.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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