Shearman & Sterling

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Shearman & Sterling Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
45 Reviews
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45 Reviews
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Shearman & Sterling Global Managing Partner David Beveridge
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  1.  

    Challenging, fast-paced, disciplined, worth it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The training and education here is first-class, and the friendships created within a community of very smart and ambitious professionals, like the training, has long-term benefits and staying power.

    Cons

    Long hours typical of a top-tier global law firm, difficult to have a "balanced" life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give associates and partners some flexibility on working hours. We all need a personal life to be healthy individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No employee satisfaction review in 140 years!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The firm is undergoing many innovative and necessary changes.

    Cons

    No one cares what happens if it's not at management level.

    There is zero accountability for the admin staff and it has lead to extremely low moral.

    We have a very ineffective HR staff who does not offer any incentives/training for employees.

    Many of the staff complain to each other as their worries/issues have gone unaddressed by HR...seemingly this has been the trend for the past 140 years.

    There is no such thing as constructive criticism at Shearman, just negative or positive, and neither is used to better the firm, or cultural environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A full scale global employee study would be an eye opener, and hopefully management would be able to use it in a constructive manner. Innovation needs to begin within.

    I'd highly suggest 360 reviews, and for the exit interviews to be used as lessons learned instead of being filed away never to be seen or heard from again.

    Happy employees work harder, faster and more effectively. Any HR study can tell you that, yet it seems to go ignored at Shearman. A true cultural change needs to happen, fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Wall Street firm

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

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, it has been a great experience working at the firm. I have excellent colleagues and an entrepreneurial spirit is greatly encouraged by management. There are It has a good reputation in the industry and with clients. The pay is on par with the industry.

    Cons

    There is little managerial guidance or direction so it is difficult to know where you stand. Also could use more professional development growth and opportunities. Involvement in industry groups/organizations are rarely if at all encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a professional development program for non-legal staff and more strategic leadership and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    High powered law firm with little work/life balance

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    • 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 Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top level work, smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Punishing work schedule, very little work/life balance.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid white-shoe firm but needs strategic management

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The firm has a long solid reputation among the Wall Street firms. Colleagues are razor sharp. Pay is up to par with the competitors. Challenging projects.

    Cons

    Hours are crushing, as expected in big law. Sometimes you feel the message from senior management is not directly communicated to the attorneys, which could fuel rumors and speculation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Thinking about joining IT Department - Think Hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support
    Former Employee - Desktop Support

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to latest technology and equipment is decent and about on par with other law firms. There are opportunities to telecommute if you are based in the Melville office. Access to training and industry conferences is generally good depending on what team you are with.

    Cons

    INEPT is a good all around word. At the time I left, IT was basically being dictated to by the Partnership. So what you have are non-technical people making technical decisions and driving technology for the company. It's a disastrous formula. Once upon a time, Shearman was cutting edge with technology. But then they slowly descended into bleeding edge technology. The IT Management is inept at best. Few of the managers are on the same page and therefore the teams are not on the same page. There is a lot of inter-team animosity and it's the end users that suffer for the lack of sync. The help desk is one of the worst I've ever encountered since it was outsourced to a truly inept company that seems to place more value with number of tickets closed than quality of work performed for the caller. Granted, users are babied in the firm and a good percentage of the calls to the help desk could be eliminated by users going to training. The Desktop Support team is normally a tight team, but they have so much to learn in terms of taking initiative to solving problems by themselves instead of needlessly escalating to 3rd level. Just like the Help Desk, they too ask the same questions over and over no matter how many times the answer has been given and even documented for them. 3rd level support is disjointed at best. Not many teams work well together. There is a lot of dead weight in 3rd level support. Many people who've been there a while should be fired for the good of the department and company. But with a management team that lacks a backbone to stand up to the partnership, they will continue to keep the dead weight on as their best and brightest leave to other law firms and opportunities. Compensation is low compared to other law firms, and bonuses and raises are pretty much non existent. There are very few that shine in the IT department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the Partnership … let go. Let IT do their jobs and you do yours. For IT Management - get on the same page. Be consistent. Let your people do what they are paid to do. Stop trying to control and micromanage. Stop taking on so many projects when you don't have adequate staff to do the work and take care of essential operational issues. Get rid of the company that runs the Help Desk. Get the Desktop people motivated to do their jobs instead of shoveling the crap over the fence whenever possible. Get the 3rd level teams on the same page and working well with each other. Stop letting your best people go. Make it worth their while to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job I have ever had -34 years of experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Center Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Support Center Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had been out of job market for six months following a medical problem, so working a desk job was the opportune situation.

    Cons

    In the 30+ years I have worked in IT I have never experienced the sheer amount of rudeness from a user community - at 1 point a fellow Analyst was actually threatened with physical harm which was quickly taken care of by management but shows the extreme stress level Shearman & Sterling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    On par with industry

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

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is market. Hours can be long but fairly reasonable relative to peer firms. Most partners are reasonable people to work with.

    Cons

    Focused on financial sector, quality of work for class year can be below some comparable firms, difficult partnership prospects, hours can be unpredictable but no more so than similar firms, colleagues and atmosphere are stilted but again that is par for the course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work where your professional dignity is not diminished

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

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Do your work and no one will stress you

    Cons

    No long hours for temp workers that may want to make money by working long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work and remember that temp workers can only survive when they have long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to learn

    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning: you learn a lot from experts;
    Training: you develop your overall skills
    People: valuable network
    Salary: decent pay

    Cons

    Working hours are long, as you can expect from a job at a law firm but still better than investment banks or consulting firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance

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