Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

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Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
13 Reviews
3.2
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great firm

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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

    Work hard.
    Very dedicated to our clients and serving them.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth are difficult to find. Insurance is not very good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great employer

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    • 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.

    Pros

    The firm has high standards for client service and employee performance - working with highly qualified and motivated attorneys and staff. Fair and equitable treatment with opportunities for everyone to contribute and be recognized. Communication is very open, including firm financials and planning.

    Cons

    As in any high achieving environment, it can occasionally be stressful but is offset by the "pros" above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to protect firm culture and values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stressful but great experience

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Attorneys are very knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Management lacks foresight and understanding of its staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses. Pay your employees an appropriate wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    there are no pros to this company.

    Cons

    there are no promotions, or advancement opportunities.

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

    Fast Paced, Great Opportunities, Growing Firm, Great People - Can be very demanding.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced and exciting, great opportunities, growing firm, great people.

    Cons

    Fast Paced, Can be very demanding. - at times work/life is a out of balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue offering great benefits, good usable and reliable technology and keep James B. happy. He is dedicated and highly capable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    They don't practice what they preach

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good legal work

    Cons

    Not forward-thinking or open to new ideas and approaches. The firm claims its "diverse" but their firm executive lawyer team and senior professional management team is comprised of 90% white men and few women and minorities. Their approach to compensation is not the "fairest and commensurate with someone's experience"; they undercut your worth in the market to keep within a tight firm budget. They try to lure great talent from other firms with certain expectations and then undercut their worth with low and unreasonable compensation packages; a "bait and switch approach". Not a great approach for a Labor & Employment Firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity your lawyer executive team and your professional department leaders. Pay for talent and to keep talent. Improve your service standards (e.g. return phone calls, emails, respect deadlines) to internal AND external colleagues/contacts. As an L&E firm you should strive to be the example for others to follow; bad experiences with internal and external contacts get shared with others and won't help you in the short or long-term.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Really need a whole new set of people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, good salary/transit benefits.

    Cons

    Since the managing shareholder stepped down and left the firm, the place seems to have fallen apart. Get new people in here, people who WANT to be here and not have bad attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the old and start again with new. It's a sham since the office is only open two years, there's been, and continues to be, so much drama. Start with a clean slate or just surrender to the fact it's not working. Learn the culture of the city you're in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great firm

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    • 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

    Exceptional co-workers, very caring people throughout the organization. Flexible schedule. Understanding of "life happens" when it happens. Everyone works hard, pitches in to help others. Fast-paced, interesting cases and area of practice. Local management listens and cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't as high as they should be for the market. Some tolerance at the firm level for allowing significant rainmakers to get their way, even to the detriment of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tolerate an ego-driven shareholder to make his/her own rules. Make sure infrastructure is in place before making major policy changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stay far far away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Free parking, downtown - good location. Good resources and training programs. The staff worked together, for the most part. Overtime never seemed to be an issue. If you can play the game you'll do well, if not then good luck, you'll need it!

    Cons

    There are so many cons, I don't even know where to start. Terrible salary. Terrible toxic environment. People call our all of the time and it's probably for this very reason, TOXIC!!!!! My experience was most terrible from day 1 at Ogletree and I waisted 1 too many years there. Management is so out of touch with reality and the needs of their employees and delegates all work to underpaid, overworked and very unappreciated staff members. The Shareholders are so arrogant and aloof to many situations and most do no practice what the preach. Labor and Employment Law, ha, what a joke this place is! If your clients only knew the way you all treated your employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't pour knowledge into a closed container - you're too arrogant to accept that you're not a leader and you should step down from your position since you were never qualified for it in the first place. Thank goodness you know how to BS your way out of anything.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Unhappy office

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful view
    Close to Bart
    Nice people at Starbucks downstairs

    Cons

    Horrible benefits. Very expensive and still have to pay deductible.
    Management at SF is out of touch with employees.
    Are not good with technology - seem to be about five years behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the hq may be in SC but the office is in SF and adjust benefits to such. Look at your sick numbers of staff and realize it may be connected to the toxic culture starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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