Skadden Arps
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www.skadden.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Skadden Arps Managing Director Earle Yaffa

Earle Yaffa

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Bring your blackberry with you when you go to lunch -- or on vacation

Legal Assistant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Skadden Arps

ProsDemanding but professional work environment, on the attorney side.

Opportunities to work in different practice departments.

Opportunity for professional growth if one is willing to step up and accept projects.

ConsHR does not communicate well with support staff, people looking over their shoulders waiting for the axe to fall.

Focus is on work, not personal life -- overtime is the norm.

Everyone works hard, which is hard on everyone.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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What started as a dream job ended as a nightmare

Non-Legal Staff (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Skadden Arps

ProsLooks great on resume; Good co-workers--attorneys, legal assistants, other staff; Learning opportunities; Competetive salaries and benefits; challenging and interesting cases and tasks.

ConsOn call 24/7; No work life balance--time off only approved if you agree to be reachable by phone and blackberry. No opportunities for advancement; Raises and bonuses combined below cost of living increases. No transparency or disclosure between management and staff or management and attorneys.No focus on positive contributions; heavy focus errors or issues--even small items.
Favoritism between management and chosen staff. Almost impossible to trust anyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone needs some downtime occasionally--a vacation tied to a blackberry is not a vacation. Learn what your staff actually does. Offer positive feedback. Provide support to the support staff: they are providing support to all of the attorneys.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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