Shearman & Sterling Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Shearman & Sterling Global Managing Partner David Beveridge
David Beveridge
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Pros
  • Great place to work, good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours typical of a top-tier global law firm, difficult to have a "balanced" life (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours, but overall, typical of a law firm in this class (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great firm to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent deal exposure, great training, healthy work environment, brightest and most knowledgable professionals in the industry.

    Cons

    Salary for non attorneys is mediocre, turnaround


  2. Associate

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

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. People are smart and engaging.

    Cons

    Long working hours that extend often into weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Improve quality of work/life balance.


  3. Sweatshop if you're good, isolation if you're not.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location is at 53rd and Lex, in front of subway station.

    Cons

    Leadership, office culture, hours, no transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Make partners get lessons in project management; stop misleading both home-grown and lateral hires about partnership prospects (which seems entirely dependent on how much you kiss up to partners and service their existing clients).


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  5. Shearman & Sterling

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

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great work environment.

    Cons

    Work load gets heavy at some point. But this is the reality in Big Law.


  6. Great firm to work for directly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Good Job Not Great in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Good Job Not Great in New York, NY

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and Benefits, Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    My role is performed via a third party firm but their benefits are very good.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more professional


  7. Good firm but not as good as it once was.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of work. Some really good long term clients. Friendly enough colleagues.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. Not much salary growth.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more upside with all levels so they feel they have something realistic to work towards and can remain engaged in the job.


  8. Helpful (2)

    No employee satisfaction review in 140 years!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Challenging, fast-paced, disciplined, worth it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. High powered law firm with little work/life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top level work, smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Punishing work schedule, very little work/life balance.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Wall Street firm

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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