Salans Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good learning environment for associate attorneys

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Salans full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As background: I was a litigation associate for several years. Good opportunities to learn and grow, particularly as junior and mid-level associates. Specialization (beyond basic department, such as litigation, M&A, IP, etc.) was not required--in fact, was essentially impossible. That lack of specialization allowed junior lawyers to get their feet wet with many different types of tasks and clients. Work hours were usually reasonable (for big law). Partners were approachable, and often took an active interest in your career and skill development. It was a very pleasant and friendly place to work. The associates, particularly, got along very well with each other.

    Cons

    The lack of specialization can become a downside if you're looking to move somewhere else. Further, the litigation and IP positions don't lend themselves to easily transferring out of the law firm environment (i.e., in-house or government).


  2. Helpful (1)

    (Transformed into Dentons by now): good experience and remuneration, but tense relations between colleagues at all level

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Associate in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Salans full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Part of the team were great colleagues to work with, the best, smartest and intelligent, the other part were very difficult to work with. Most of the colleagues from the first part already have left the company. Interesting large-scale projects. Division by specialization. Good enough remuneration and social benefits. Good working conditions (separate rooms for 2-3 lawyers), no open space for lawyers.

    Cons

    In general, not very good relations in the company, both within the legal team and the assistance team. Lack of respect to assistant personnel, which is very disappointing and harming to both lawyers and assistants. Lawyers and assistants do not work as the same team. Training is not provided, relocation to other offices within the company - almost impossible, work-life balance could be good (but this depends on a particular lawyer and his/her ambitions). Promotions are difficult.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Excellent name, worse relations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Evening Assistant in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Evening Assistant in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at Salans

    Pros

    As for me, there are two best reasons to work for Salans. First of all, it is its name and international recognition - as it is one of the world's leading law firms it kind of feels good being part of the "big family". However, there is an enormous lack of respect of the "lower" positions than the lawyers. It may just be a local thing because I haven't seen such a behaviour of the Senior staff to their assistants and secretaries elsewhere. The morale in the company is also quite good since the lawyers demand certain standards and expect you to stick to those, e.g. the dress code.

    Cons

    The worst thing in my office is the lack of respect from lawyers to other staff (secretaries, assistants, librarians). This lack of respect surely contributes to a "dense" atmosphere in the office. Another thing is the office itself. The office should be based in an office building, but definitely not where our office building is based.

    Advice to Management

    More oral communication and respect for the junior management would surely help.ore


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    Former Employee - Evening Secretary in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Evening Secretary in Paris (France)

    I worked at Salans full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prime annuelle, PEE, tickets restaurants Sérieux de la hiérarchie

    Cons

    Trop stricts sur les aménagements de temps de travail et les horaires légèrement décalés

    Advice to Management

    Ecouter un peu plus le staff, les idées, les besoins, les problèmes rencontrés avec les avocats



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