Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Eric Friedman
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Pros
  • Great people, cutting edge work (in 6 reviews)

  • As a support staff member, I truly appreciated the value that Skadden placed on it's staff (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and not enough consideration for parents (in 16 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 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Legal Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent experience; work with brilliant individuals; great learning opportunity; work on interesting cases

    Cons

    Often required to work long hours


  2. Poject Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Medical, dental, 401k, vision plan.

    Cons

    Promotions based on education and not years of service or knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    take care of loyal employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Accountant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well balanced life and work

    Cons

    Hard to advance to the next level

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Was a corporate associate for a few years. Market salary. Long hours. Interesting and complicated deals. New York of

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

    I worked at Skadden Arps

    Pros

    Worked on a variety of the most publicized and complicated deals. New York office is really nice. Long hours. Associates are all friendly and like to hang out socially.

    Cons

    long hours. long hours. long hours.


  6. Good people. Things move slowly in a Big Firm

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great pay. No micromanagement. You own your work as long as you can handle the load. Room for growth if you play their ball game.

    Cons

    Change is slow to come in a big Firm. Skadden is no exception. A lot of processes would benefit from automation.


  7. Good work

    Current Employee - Client Acccounting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Acccounting Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get what you put in, occasionally partners may be a bit crazy. Great Pay, management is strong as well. Great HR, salaries, and benefits. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    the work is very detail oriented and requires a high level of focus and work ethic

    Advice to Management

    Get your employees backs


  8. Helpful (1)

    Big law's best

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse and high profile work, important clients, opportunities to work directly with clients, provides great exit opportunities- people leave to do really interesting things, great facilities and benefits are amazing, good ancillary support for associates (paralegals, word processing, etc).

    Cons

    Long brutal hours with really intense expectations in some groups but not dissimilar to any other big firm doing similar work, great work-life balance policies on paper but often poor execution, difficult to make partner, can be very political and little clarity about upward possibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Make a bigger commitment to work-life balance and you will retain more talented lawyers that also want to have families- the policies are already there but are meaningless unless they are implemented consistently across groups and supported by the partnership.


  9. Nice coworkers, some challenging attorneys

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment, fairly casual, lots of very interesting artistic people in this department

    Cons

    management can be a bit clueless at times, favoritism is blatant, some partners are tyrants (probably same at most large firms)

    Advice to Management

    get a clue


  10. Helpful (2)

    Legal Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working as a legal assistant at Skadden is a good job for someone right out of college. Depending on which practice group you land, the work can be engaging, challenging, and even exciting at times. Co-workers are smart, driven people, and the firm's values are on point (provided you have socially liberal leanings).

    Cons

    The downside of working at Skadden, as with any Big Law firm, is that it's often a grind. Hours can be long, with lots of nights and some weekends, often with little notice.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than pay lip service to work-life balance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Tough place to work, but worth it to learn from the best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work, amazing front page deals, cutting edge legal strategies, working with the top in the field

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours, some crazy people, partners and senior associates who think yelling is an acceptable form of communication

    Advice to Management

    Provide management training and true mentorship to your associates as they come up the ranks and then they won't be such terrible managers



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