Katten

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Katten Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
18 Reviews
3.2
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Solid internship experience.

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

    I worked at Katten as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Reasonable hours considering the industry. Ability to work directly on client accounts and on major cases. Other employees were friendly and helpful. Company values pro bono work and makes an effort in this area. Direct access to upper level staff even in summer internship role.

    Cons

    Compensation wasn't spectacular. Had to learn on the go, no formal/useful training. Occasional disconnect from the rest of the office (seeing the same few people everyday).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would've liked the ability to work more across departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conflicts in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Conflicts in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Katten full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enough vacation time for employees.

    Cons

    Way too micro managed. Management is extremely rude and no help when there is a problem. Everyone is always stressed out, in a bad mood, and wants out of the company. Required OT and wouldn't give notice about it (didn't care if you had previous plans).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to listen to others problems and actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I worked at Katten for over 7 years they offer horrible treatment of staff and will lie on you

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

    I worked at Katten full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was fabulous as well as benefits

    Cons

    HR Management was known for lying on staff employees and morale has dropped to an all time low. Just recently there were 15 secretaries who took retirement so go figure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your facts straight before you bring it to someone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough Crowd

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Katten full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Staff gets treated like peasants with no respect from attorneys. Though this is expected at a law firm, it still isn't fun to deal with on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting place to work as a conflicts analyst

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    Former Employee - Junior Conflicts Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Conflicts Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Katten full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is job security here because they need the help

    Cons

    There is too much micromanagement that occurs here and it stifles people coming up with creative ways to do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire very competent people and then allow them the room to work well and not be micromanaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great firm but slightly disorganized.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Katten

    Pros

    Excellent people, fast-paced environment, great talent.

    Cons

    A lot of disgruntled associates, often can be hard to get support staff to accomplish tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked as member of a work team focusing on the field of M&A, capital raising and general corporate matters.

    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Katten as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Understood the whole picture of providing corporate legal service;
    Obtained experience in practical field of cross-border M&A, and securities law compliance;
    very organized, high efficient, co-ordinated law firm environment

    Cons

    need to provide more real chances and practice to intern.

  9.  

    I had a great experience at Katten

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Katten

    Pros

    Great Work Environment. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Over worked, although learned a lot on the job

  10.  

    Decent atmosphere, but not very energetic.

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Katten full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genial atmosphere, regimented expectations, not too many nasty partners, and a nice support staff.

    Cons

    Behind the times in IT and general platform, and the associates are not the brightest or best trained, so it is tough to leverage support staff. Also, serious glass ceiling for women in NY. (Rumor is that you need either XY chromosomes, or clients to make partner.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek strategic upgrades to IT platform to streamline practice, expand hiring to more schools, including T2 schools, and hire from the top of those classes.

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

    Decent Firm, Needs to Establish It's Own Identity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Katten full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really nice people, offices seem to collaborate well with one another. Relatively decent mix of work. Firm still maintains a prominent reputation, particularly in the Chicago area.

    Cons

    Firm views itself as "big ticket" and hence sets billing rates high. This forces associates into high-pressure situations where multiple tasks need to get done in (unreasonably) short times. It makes it difficult to get business away from more prominent international firms that are better known.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with billings rates to allow associates and others to attract new business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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