Simpson Thacher Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Great law firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits across the board.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement for staff.


  2. Staff Attorney Program Run Poorly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere, Benefits, Services, Convenient Location

    Cons

    Staff Attorney program has little management structure which allows for some good people to slip through the cracks and some marginal people to create the appearance of functioning at a high level of competency. Work flow depends upon whether you are part of an Insider Click of people who sabotage others they perceive as a threat to their advancement and security.

    Advice to Management

    Staff Attorney work should not flow through Staff Attorneys managing other Staff Attorneys but through someone not within that level of the Caste System at the firm.


  3. Not what it once was

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The legal support staff are great.

    Cons

    The pay is low, there is no advancement for certain class of people.

    Advice to Management

    The managers are rude.


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  5. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    There are smart people and interesting work. The clients are top of the industry. There is a lot of work to be done.

    Cons

    Hours can be long depending on the deal and team. There is not a clear path to partnership or certainty along the way even if you're good.

    Advice to Management

    Take associate concerns in high regard if retention is a concern. No one likes to feel like a cog or a number even if we all know its true.


  6. Paralegal

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart individuals and fantastic workplace

    Cons

    Hours can be long.


  7. Paralegal Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Accommodating managerial staff. Have periodic seminars in work-life balance and other issues, such as elder care and 401 K. Also has an excellent employee assistant program and employee childcare needs.

    Cons

    If you are on an active case, sometimes the hours can be long and also may include weekends. Travel is often necessary, and can be a hindrance if you have family.


  8. Great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, hours not long

    Cons

    No upward mobility, very stagnant


  9. Helpful (2)

    Waste of time

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, friendly managers

    Cons

    office Culture not inviting, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    Office Culture


  11. good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

    better



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