Simpson Thacher

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Simpson Thacher Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
34 Reviews
3.6
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Great people, hours not long

    Cons

    No upward mobility, very stagnant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Ok

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

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, friendly managers

    Cons

    office Culture not inviting, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Waste of time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Good pay, good clients, good exposure to the Fortune 500 world.

    Cons

    Leadership of Legal Personnel office in NYC is incompetent and unprofessional. For a first-rate firm like STB, it should really do better. Branches (e.g., Palo Alto and DC) also inferior to HQ. Partners there are not as good, and neither are the associates.

    What's even more annoying and is problematic across the firm is that associates get compensated and are given tasks to oversee other projects based on seniority. The problem is that most of these people have very poor management and people skills. So if you worked for 5-10 years prior to going to law school and you show up at Simpson, you're going to have to regularly answer to pimple-faced 25-year-olds who have no idea how to run a team. Yet these inexperienced professionals are authorized by Simpson to make you stay in the office till the wee hours and away from your family, sometimes because it's necessary, but often because they have no idea what they're doing. It's an incredibly stupid system. Entrepreneurship and creativity are not rewarded here, nor are business development skills. Even for those who believe in hard work, you quickly realize that you're doing a thankless job.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    encouraging management, enthusiastic coworkers, great work enviornment

    Cons

    My time at Chase was spent as a teller. I was surrounded by people that were very dedicated to their jobs, as well as a very encouraging and supportive management team. I helped my customers do their every day banking, such as deposits, withdrawals, payments, etc. The primary focus of day-to-day business was customer satisfaction, my number one takeaway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better

  6.  

    Overworked and underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Job security; benefits; subsidized cafeteria.

    Cons

    Asked to work countless hours of OT with no compensation, often without notice. Temporary work is much more sensible since you'll get paid for OT and won't have to be "on call" nor answer emails on Sunday nights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unimaginative

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are very pleasant to work with. There is an overall culture that encourages respect for all employees, no matter the position. I never encountered screaming attorneys or any other abusive-type actions.

    Cons

    There seems to be an assumption that the assistants don't have the ability to do more than just basic office work. The assistants should be given simple letters to compose. Or allowed to take on the responsibilities of tasks more complicated than faxing and scanning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Associates should be encouraged to pass more complex work to the secretaries. There's no reason to waste talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Attorneys, Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart and friendly people,exposure to some of the biggest deals.

    Cons

    They overload their workers because they are too cheap to add more support staff. Inefficient, low compensation, no room for growth or specialization.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    STB

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    usuaully dont have to work late; leaves lots of room to plan your life outside of work.

    Cons

    not enough work, period. senior management is a joke. HR is a waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for non-attorney staff. HR dept is horrendous.

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    I was a legal assistant. Solid benefits package, OK pay (seems comparable to other big firms, maybe on the lower end), mostly decent attorneys (of course with some arrogant or awkward ones)

    Cons

    Office culture is depressing, low morale, clear divide between attorneys and non-attorney staff, shoebox-sized offices for staff, strict time-off procedures, HR is horrendous both professionally and personally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better HR people if you want better morale across the organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding people, clients, work & training

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with very bright people on big and small deals for big and small clients. Great way to learn the highest level of client service and work product. Great launching pad for the rest of your career - in or out of the law.

    Cons

    Little work/life balance. My first year work demands killed my relationship. Like most professional services firms, not great at managing people. Though mostly filled with nice people with the right values, there are some bad apples that manage up well or bill so high that no one corrects their bad behavior/mistreatment of associates. They don't care about your vacation, holidays, personal commitments - they only care about keeping the client happy. But that's the deal - it's not a surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great people and putting great people into leadership positions. Be a more progressive leader on associate work/life issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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