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Skadden Arps Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

81 Reviews

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Pros
  • Cutting edge work; high level of responsibility (in 6 reviews)

  • Among BigLaw peers, better treatment of support staff and opportunities for engaging with the organization (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and a culture of staying until the deal was done (in 15 reviews)

  • If you are looking for a good work-life balance than this is not the place for you, unless you are support staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Demanding 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.

    Cons

    HR 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    What started as a dream job ended as a nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Non-Legal Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Non-Legal Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    On 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 ManagementAdvice

    Everyone 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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