Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

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Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Great firm, needs better management

    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason to work here is the transparency of the organization. It's unique for a law firm to be so transparent. Depth of knowledge is also good. The attorneys are definitely experts in employment law.

    Cons

    Attorneys are terrible managers. They make you work on vacation. Most attorneys do not take a personal interest in mentoring.

  3. Keep your guard up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some friendly people, lovely interior. Some unfriendly people are probably feeling the effects of the environment.

    Cons

    Where to start.... attorney managing the staff just does not work out. Give your staff the tools they need to do the job, don't just say we can't get the extra equipment needed if you want your staff to be effective and there are deadlines. Don't change the rules midstream, be a little more professional than that. Don't treat others like second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff will be effective and efficient if they have the working tools they need to get the job done. Listen to your staff. Don't gloss over their concerns. Try to cultivate a more welcoming atmosphere.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    No work/life balance if you are support staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Miserable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

    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.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and people are fun

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Get better health insurance options

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and good work environment

    Cons

    Pretty rigid and very high expectations

  9. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Atmosphere is good for work life balance

    Cons

    Need to have more staff training

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Response

    Mar 13, 2015CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    Thank you for the suggestion.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrible and toxic - run.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work for good clients.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

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