Simpson Thacher

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Simpson Thacher Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3. 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 an 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.

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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great people to work wit and the smartest in the legal business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Great legal minds and support staff. Opportunities for growth in and out of the legal field. Training available at all levels of management

    Cons

    Not willing to move ahead with innovation and change. Need representation in a greater number of international markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more of a global brand.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Bright people and mostly cutting edge work

    Cons

    Hard work and no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant and Collegial atmosphere, substantive work can be sporadic.

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    Current Employee - Litigation/Corporate Parelegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation/Corporate Parelegal in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart Colleagues
    Looks Great on Resume
    Great Exposure for Prospective Law School Students

    Cons

    Work can be boring
    Paralegal pay base salary is about industry standard. Money is made with extensive OT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary, great clients, lots of drawbacks

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

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to practice corporate law. The firm is involved in some of the most exciting and high-end deals in the industry, and attorneys get to see their transactions in the WSJ and financial press nearly every day. This is a great place to learn about how money works in the corporate world. Management is very professional, and the firm as a whole is much more polite and genteel compared to other firms.

    Cons

    1. Many of the firm's attorneys show up here for their first real job in life, which means they're learning how to behave as a professional for the first time. Many were no doubt excellent law students and almost all are extremely smart, but they are immature and inexperienced. For them, it's great to get the training that Simpson provides, but if you're not in their shoes, you will have to put up with being treated like a kindergartener like they do.

    2. Many associates have no idea how to manage a team and are terrible at managing a project, but they are nevertheless given the responsibility for doing so. This is not a Simpson-specific problem but a general problem with lawyers. But the partners and management of this firm also do not have a good way of evaluating an attorney on these very important non-legal skills.

    3. HR needs serious improvement. While some of the staff are quite nice and helpful, but others are unprofessional, unhelpful and condescending. Some of them actually seem to think that they are in fact the headmaster of a kindergarten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Allow associates to review up--not to the partner level, but definitely to the mid-level and senior associates. Otherwise, partners will almost never find out who the incompetent managers are or who might be disrespectful to their team members.

    2. Allow attorneys to review the performance of departments that are there to serve them. These would include HR, benefits, IT, recruiting, etc. This doesn't need to happen every month but once a year would be sufficient. And it doesn't have to be a review of every single employee in those departments, but just allow attorneys the chance to point out who's been helpful and who's been inept. All of these other departments exist to serve the firm. If and when people in these other departments make life more difficult and unpleasant for attorneys, the firm's management ought to know about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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