Schulte Roth & Zabel

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Schulte Roth & Zabel Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good compensation and perks.

    Cons

    Too corporate and strict with everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up! It will help the morale of your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very low moral due to poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schulte Roth & Zabel

    Pros

    Benefits were fairly competitive, support staff were great to work with.

    Cons

    Used to be a great firm to work for, currently going through changes that no longer makes them a great place to work for.

  3.  

    My experience at SRZ was positive and productive.

    Former Employee - Intellectual Property Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intellectual Property Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    SRZ treated their employees very generously. They constantly trained their employees on the latest computer programs. They gave excellent year end bonuses and wonderful summer and Christmas parties. They accommodated days off with floaters and were very compassionate when it came to medical disability.

    Cons

    My position at SRZ was in the Intellectual Property department. When I started there in 2001, the department consisted of approx. 3 partners and 20 to 30 attorneys, legal assistants and administrative assistants. By 2013, my department consisted of only 1 partner, 1 attorney and myself. Because Intellectual Property is a specialized field, there was no one in the firm that knew how to do the work or handle the time sensitive assignments if any one of us 3 were out. Vacation and sick time had to be revolved according to due dates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work if you have a nice boss.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have good benefits and the HR Dept. tries to make you feel like a family, with only limited success

    Cons

    The crash hit Schulte hard: they froze salaries and laid off 15% of the work force. In 11/2013 they offered a buy-out to all their secretarial staff which almost 30% took. The ones who stayed feel over-worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are more things to running a business than raising partners' compensation by another point million dollars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Colleagues to Work With in a Certain Practice Group

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In a particular practice group, the partners & attorneys were considerate, supportive, provided challenging assignments and embraced teamwork. They also appreciated and respected vacation time and did not require you to call in while on vacation. There were a few attorneys from other practice groups I interacted with who were also considerate and supportive. The support staff were also hard working and fun to be around. In general, it was a very nice and supportive environment among my immediate colleagues.

    In addition, SRZ had great benefits.

    Cons

    Support management was not supportive, were frustrating to work with and had poor leaderships skills. They made decisions that caused more problems and deflated morale. Best to avoid support management as much as possible and you'll be happier at SRZ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest that Management make changes to support and hr management. I would also suggest that they provide management training in leadership skills. I understand some changes have already taken place, which is a good start.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work

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

    I worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many great, hard-working people among the legal and non-legal staffs.

    Cons

    Workload can get tough with long evening and weekend hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unfair compensation and promotions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They pay market salary for associates, or at least they did in 2010. And you get the biglaw name on your resume. .

    Cons

    They switched to a discretionary bonus in 2011, which surprised everyone, and they halved the bonus amounts announced in the bonus memo for associates who did not make a certain undisclosed number of hours OVER 2,000. I also know several people who were promised to make partner if they came on board, only to find out they missed out a year later when another person from their group was named instead. Also, do not get brought on as a staff attorney with the promise of being made an associate (or especially an associate with the number of years of experience you have - e.g. a third year), because it will never happen. If you are lucky they will make you a first year.

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

    Once it went "corporate" it lost a lot of its appeal to me as an employee.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pedal Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pedal Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits ... Until becoming stingy in late 2013, subtracting personal and vacation days from support staff and doing away with longevity bonuses WHILE AT THE SAME TIME INCREASING WORK LOAD !

    Cons

    It once felt like family and that all parties mattered equally to the firm's success. Then it got too big, went corporate all the way and lost a lot in the process, IMO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions based on your as well as workers' needs ... not just for your bigger piece of the pie. Your firm will profit more, ironically, if you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Depressing place to work

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

    I have been working at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good enough pay; it's a job and nothing else

    Cons

    HR horrible. Little human interaction on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like you actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Dante's Inferno

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Schulte Roth & Zabel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very smart workaholics to set an example

    Cons

    Too much power currently concentrated in premium class jerks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the founders - there's a reason they were able to build a successful organization - current leadership is far below the standard set by the founders and should improve to keep and grow the franchise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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