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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.2 20 reviews

44% Approve of the CEO

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good down to earth people

    Associate Attorney (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsFlexibility to work from home and remotely.

    ConsSubjective advancement criteria rather than lockstep

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange advancement criteria and consider more of a lockstep advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Finance/Billing Department is a Hot Mess

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsProximity to trains; good location, though that is changing soon

    ConsHostile environment, dominated by cliques, with virtually no teamwork, or a common goal; utterly incompetent department management who appear clueless as the department dissolves before them; astonishing turnover rate

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink your billing and collections processes now. Not next month, not next year - NOW. I have never seen such an incompetently run department, particularly in a BigLaw firm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate attorney

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJunior attorneys get an incredible amount of responsibility.

    ConsThe firm pays under market. There's a steep billable hours requirement.

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    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-compensation, good management, friendly staff

    Conswork life balance at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great firm to work for overall.

    Paralegal (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsTreat all employees professionally. Always included in firm events, project group meetings, etc. Fair pay, fair time off.

    ConsSome of the partners/associates work very late and often do not get their work started until late in the day and then expect employees to stay late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrive for more efficient in work day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people, bad hours, incompetent HR

    Case Assistant (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe attorneys are generally nice, friendly and easy to work with, aside from a few glaring exceptions. Clients are generally cooperative, the office environment is congenial, and the pay is good for most positions.

    ConsParalegals are given much too much flexibility, which is often taken advantage of (at the expense of subordinate support staff). Hours are unreasonable for support staff, who are expected to work late every day not because of a heavy workload but because most of the attorneys don't like to get up early. HR is completely incompetent and fails to enforce policies uniformly (e.g. allows certain staff members but NOT others to take unpaid days off, to work from home, etc.)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally an Excellent Place to Work with Unparalleled Individual Office Managing Partners

    Associate Attorney (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Certain of the groups have been broken, but the Firm is working to employ new management in those groups, to great success.
    - Genuine attempt to assist associates with too great/too little workloads.
    - Very reasonable salaries.
    - Not all attorneys are outstanding (of course) but there are several stellar individuals amongst attorneys and staff.

    Cons- A focus on Labor & Employment litigation (on which the Firm was largely built) sometimes seems to be detrimental to other practice groups.
    - Secretive management culture at the very top regarding almost all decisions creates gossiping culture at lower ranks.
    - Low bonuses, but salaries made up for this for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open with those who work hard for you. Eliminate the secretive culture - it breeds negativity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJust a nice place to work.

    ConsTheir is not anything that I can say bad about the company.

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    Meh.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTypical big law firm. Easy access to trains.

    ConsImpersonal staff, bad communications. HR people in a world of their own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot really that many people that I could trust to talk to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people but secretive management

    Associate Attorney (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people and career development

    ConsManagement lack of trust
    Secretive about strategy and future

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe candid with employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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