Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

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Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and people are fun

    Cons

    Health Insurance deductibles are too high and there are no other options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better health insurance options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Firm

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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 Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly; small office feel in an international law firm. Good work/life balance. Lots of training opportunities with the ability to request one-on-one, if necessary.

    Cons

    No real job challenges. Compensation is decent. Benefits are very basic and quite expensive for a family. Seemingly random telephone numbers; must dial 10 digits for interoffice calls and there are several "exchanges" (first 3 digits after the area code).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a more cohesive and standardized phone system; then work out the operational kinks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. No work/life balance if you are support staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company with decent pay. Expect the best from their people.

    Cons

    Support staff is on call 24/7, no work/life balance. Always feel like you have to walk on egg shells, never know who is going to be walked out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to do the job that they were hired for, get rid of directors who always micro-manage staff. Allow support staff to have a life outside of the firm.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck. if the office is closed for weather, you still get paid. Benefits are ok other than health insurance. Tuition reimbursement, 401k etc.

    Cons

    Where to start. The management of paralegals is left to the attorneys who are horrible people managers. We get far more negative feedback than positive feedback. Why would you want to do better when all you hear is how horrible you are. The turnover in my office is ridiculous. Over 30 people since August 2013 have quit, been fired or laid off. You come in to work every day wondering if this is the day you will be fired. There is absolutely no advancement and no incentive to want to be better. You are afraid to approach anyone with complaints you may have for fear of reprisal. It is very cliquish and people are quick to backstab if they think it will get them "in" with the shareholders. There is no respect for loyalty or longevity. They treat us like children with numerous "policy" emails. You get the impression that they try to make people they don't want working there to quit so they don't have to pay unemployment. It really makes me never want to work for lawyers ever again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more than 1 person who is a gpa between for HR and the office. We have a large office and only 1 office manager who works her tail off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Response

    Mar 26, 2015CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    Please contact HR or firm management so that we can address the issues you reference in your office. Thank you.

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

    Pros

    Good compensation and good work environment

    Cons

    Pretty rigid and very high expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Terrible and toxic - run.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

    Pros

    None, but maybe the free parking if you like that. Free coffee and drinks are also good.

    Cons

    Worst management of employees I have ever seen. Zero communication and lots of backstabbers who can barely do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage a law firm. You work at a labor and employment firm so you should know what is and is not appropriate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Response

    Mar 13, 2015CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    I am truly surprised and concerned about your experiences, which are quite the opposite of our values and overall culture at the firm. Not knowing which office is referenced, it is difficult to ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Company; is slow to hire and then does not let you know the outcome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

    Pros

    Atmosphere is good for work life balance

    Cons

    Need to have more staff training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Response

    Mar 13, 2015CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    Thank you for the suggestion.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting work for good clients.

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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 Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time

    Pros

    Ogletree is a good place to work. You'll get to work on a wide variety of interesting cases. If you want to develop a practice area or an industry specialty, you'll have the resources to do so. I have not met a shareholder at any of the offices that I have disliked. You get a lot of client contact, and will not be stuck simply doing lower-level tasks.

    Benefits are fairly decent for a law firm.

    Cons

    Like most firms, you can expect to work hard and put in a lot of time developing clients, writing papers, and giving speeches to advance to shareholder. It's a big commitment, but also the cost of doing business at a large L&E firm.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Firm and Company to work for in my opinion.

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

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great balance of the small business feel while being part of something bigger.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons unless you don't like to be busy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Poor Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is Good, but consider it hazard pay

    Cons

    Total disregard for work-life balance. You are not considered a "team player" unless you work 10 hours a day, but then are told they don't want you to work overtime. Certain staff members are micromanaged while others are allowed to do whatever they please. Find it shocking that this is a Labor and Employment Law Firm as they are in violation of every employment labor law there is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Response

    Mar 13, 2015CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with Ogletree Deakins, but cannot agree with your comments.

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