Polsinelli Shughart

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Polsinelli Shughart Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Decent, with potential to improve but some growth pains.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is decent, I haven't met anyone with an unpleasant personality; I don't feel too pressured with regard to hours, and receive reasonable but not extensive feedback on work product; the new building in Kansas City is attractive.

    Cons

    Not as highly paid as other law firms. Still operates like a medium-small sized Kansas City firm despite recent national growth. Offices do not always share work effectively. There is a policy against "dabbling" in multiple practice areas, which means that attorneys cannot develop complementary skills, or fill hourly requirements when their primary group slows down. This is inefficient, and shows that the management's fear of risk outweighs a desire for diversity. Also, the internal power structure is not always clearly expressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The no-dabbling policy means that associates in one practice area cannot develop other skills and perspectives, and when one group is slow, often have nothing to do, which hurts efficiency and hours for both the individual and the firm. The silos are too narrow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Legal Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Legal Administraive Assistant  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Legal Administraive Assistant in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No many pros in this firm - they aim at making the attorneys happy and the staff falls to the side lines. Good pay and good benefits offered.

    Cons

    Staff is treated with no respect and most of the attorneys seems to follow this trend. The attorneys have an attitude that they are better than you. There is little to no communication that takes place to keep staff in the loop of major changes that are taking place within the firm - even if that means closing the office you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the firm's overall achievement is a direct result of the administrative staff's ability to do their job. Also consider communications with ALL employees of the firm regarding policies and other changes that are/will be taking place. Nothing worse than finding things like this out through the "grapevine".

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

    Life in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time

    Pros

    Great team, growing company, 6 weeks a year PTO

    Cons

    lots of politics, it's like having 750 bosses. It's not about the impact of an outage, it's all about who is affected. A single person can easily trump an entire office or project if it's the right person having an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build some processes in IT.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Polsinelli was frustrating and disheartening.

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    Former Employee - Attorney  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Attorney in Denver, CO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a tremendous amount of potential at this firm, however, management needs a lot of work. Its a great place to work if you want to slack and not make minimum hours, as those qualities do not seem to stop anyone from making shareholder. Beautiful office in in Lodo in Denver, competitive salary and decent benefits.

    Cons

    This is a large national firm in name only. Management still treats the firm as if it is a regional KC firm. If you are someone who works hard and produces for the firm, do not expect to be rewarded appropriately. Management is incredibly sloppy and inconsistent. Expect that once the old guard is out, the firm will adopt more of a large firm mentality rather than the small firm one that it maintains today. Support staff is also very frustrated with everything. The most telling thing I can say is that when I resigned, I had at least 10 people (attorneys and support staff) ask me to keep them in mind if something opened up in my new firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up and start managing the firm as a large national firm, maintain consistency with enforcing firm policies and try to incentivize people to work hard. Pay attention to retention rate, it is incredibly high in the Denver office. I know of several attorneys in the Denver office who have plans to leave in the near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good growing firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart

    Pros

    PS has the right business mentality to succeed in a new legal market

    Cons

    Rapid growth can cause confusion and concern

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a great law firm to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Right now the firm is growing strategically and it is great to be on the ground floor of this growth.
    Reasonable billable hour requirement with the mentality of a small firm and the resources of a national player.
    Very diverse practice area and the ability to have a lot of responsibility very quickly, which is different from other large firm experiences.

    Cons

    It has taken some time for the salary to catch up with the firm's growth when compared to similar sized firms.
    The multiple offices have not perfected the use of other offices. This results in a very siloed feeling with respect to each office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Benefits - And that's about all

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    Former Employee - Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked here for just over two years and can say that the benefits and pay are the best you will find at any firm in Kansas City. There are some attorney's that actually know what they are doing and enjoy practicing law.

    Cons

    In the two departments I worked for, I found that the values and experience of the managers was almost embarrassing, or should be to the firm. It is an organization that’s entire focus is "not what you know, but who you know." At times it is flagrantly obvious that those they hire have little to no experience. The managers I worked for were some of the worst kinds of people and even though HR is well aware of the problems they do nothing to curb this behavior - in some instances they penalize the employee for talking about the problem at all. If you are a person that believes in ethics, respect and hard work, then Polsinelli is definitely not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require the department heads to actually prove their worth. Stop promoting bullying and poor treatment of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great environment to learn and grow in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being a larger law firm, there is room for lateral movement into different practice areas. There was some flexibility with work schedule. The resources (technology, supplies and staff personnel) provided by the firm were good.

    Cons

    Typical law firm where performance bonus and salary increase is tied to billable hours. Benefits in general were okay but the retirement match could have been better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue offering a learning environment where attorneys and paralegals alike can expand their knowledge.

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

    Missouri based firm.

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

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful office and great location.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side for a Chicago firm. No bonuses. Office manager is lacking in skills. Large employee turnover by both attorneys and staff. The CEO does not acknowledge anyone that is not an attorney. He will walk right by you as if you are not sitting there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your assistants with respect. Bring your pay level to Chicago standards not Missouri standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like the real estate bubble, this firm is going to burst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Over 600 attorneys. Good benefits for associates and shareholders.

    Cons

    Inadequate support staff. "Hands off" management style. No sense of community. The firm still uses Office 2003, and cuts costs by understaffing essential services like the IT dept. and the legal support staff. The office equipment is ancient and breaks down frequently, just like the firm's operating systems. No training for new associates. No communication between shareholders and associates fresh out of law school. The firm is stretched way too thin. It won't last in its current state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of your departments. Pay the staff and paralegals more and hire more of them. Get rid of the staff member that consistently shows up to work only 4 days a week. Get rid of foul mouthed, rumor spreading legal assistants in the toxic tort department. Upgrade all office equipment. Fire one trick shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend

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