Seyfarth Shaw

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Seyfarth Shaw Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
29 Reviews
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29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, great work, good pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance for attorneys.

    Cons

    Pay is lower compared to peer firms, although expectations are less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salary increases are very small

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None for salary increases. Not competitive with other law firms

    Cons

    Pay is low in comparison to other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and pay everyone competivy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be better

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent work
    Good people
    Small pond
    Gives you big firm experience

    Cons

    Below market pay
    Not the most sophisticated work
    A bit niche with L and E
    Poor leadership / management
    Outdated business management approaches
    Client development is motivated by fluffy marketing as opposed to an earnest attempt to develop a sustainable competitive position
    Bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an earnest, clear, measurable, and executable vision; don't just spout marketing nonsense to talent and clients
    Outside of labor and employment; need to develop a strategy to provide a competitive advantage for other practice areas
    Need to develop rigid methods to hire talent
    Tie compensation to revenue generated -- i.e., bonus process is opaque
    Eliminate waste

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Barely lived to tell about it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Partner retreats are enlightening and entertaining.

    Cons

    Everyone knows everything already, so there's not much room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not all-knowing -- judgmental and critical, yes; all-knowing and perfect, no.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall fun and smart people with a good sense of humor, the work can be tedious.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    Open door policy. People are generally very accessible and willing to help, but sometimes a bit too busy to stay organized or level-headed. Nice corporate events and a good sense of community.

    Cons

    Did a lot of doc review. Greater responsibility and exposure to clients may not come until later. Not much mentoring or training programs. Management can be somewhat hands off.

  7.  

    Overall Good Place To Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw

    Pros

    Good benefits, 7.5 hour work day.

    Cons

    Nepotism and not a good bonus structure.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Development is the Only Skill That Matters

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    Former Employee - Of Counsel
    Former Employee - Of Counsel

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some smart talented people at Seyfarth. The firm is trying to do some interesting innovative things with client billing to try to depart from the hourly rate.

    Cons

    The only thing management cares about is how big anyone's book of business is, but, at the same time, makes it very hard for attorneys to build that book. A lot of those smart talented people I mentioned in my pro column have been run out of the firm for greener pastures. I'm quite shocked that it has won any accolades as a great place for women to work, since, outside of the labor and employment practice, the firm is hemorrhaging female lawyers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Most Innovative Law Firm Around

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Seyfarth Shaw is a wonderful place to grow one's career as an attorney. Because it is so innovative, it will remain among the top law firms globally as more traditional models become endangered by a changing marketplace. I am proud to be among the professionals working to serve our clients.

    Cons

    The legal marketplace is challenging. As with all lawyers, our lawyers struggle to find the best way to balance our desire to provide the best services that our clients can expect at a price point that allows us to function as a business. Our innovative platform allows us to do better than our peers as we confront this challenge. But it is hard nonetheless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Firm in Atlanta

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The building is probably the only nice attribute. Of course this cost is passed on to clients.

    Cons

    Everyone is terrible. Egotistical yet inexperienced attorneys working in a very negative and hostile racist, sexist and homophobic environment. No one cares about teamwork or clients. The bottom line and making partner is all that matters. If you are not that smart but enjoy stabbing people in the back, this is the perfect environment for you. Just imagine how they bill, treat and talk about their "ignorant" clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut the doors and start over. Or look at any other decent firm and take copious notes. Start the house-cleaning with the inexperienced, vapid and dwindling litigation department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Finance/Billing Department is a Hot Mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hostile 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 ManagementAdvice

    Rethink 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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