Skadden Arps
3.5 of 5 73 reviews
www.skadden.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 11, 2014

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Skadden Arps Managing Director Earle Yaffa

Earle Yaffa

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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Getting involved in high profile deals"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Among BigLaw peers, better treatment of support staff and opportunities for engaging with the organization"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours and a culture of staying until the deal was done"
    in 14 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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Tough place to work, but worth it to learn from the best

Attorney, 4th-Year (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAmong BigLaw peers, better treatment of support staff and opportunities for engaging with the organization.

Cons"Better treatment of support staff" is relative and growth opportunities are minimal. Everyone is expected to do their job 120%, but not necessarily given room to go above and beyond your job description and think outside of your role. If you're great at what you do, you're just given more of it instead of being given more responsibility.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your non-legal talent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

Prosvery solid company with good people

Consthe working hours were very long

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My ten year tenure at Skadden matured me as a professional adult.

Copy Center Technician (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe employees really assist their comrades no matter if you are in their dept or not. It seemed to promote and environment of a family run business.

ConsAll was not perfect, there were some individual attitudes that were somewhat selfishly manipulative.

Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes there was a need for unbiased opinions and rulings. Remain open-minded to every situation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great opportunities

Legal Secretary (Former Employee)

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBenefits, benefits, benefits. Compensation was competitive and work was challenging. If you work hard there is a lot of wonderful opportunities. Get to work with very bright, hard working individuals. Very fast paced environment.

ConsNot the most progressive environment. If you are looking for a good work-life balance than this is not the place for you, unless you are support staff. Partners can be very demanding but it's always why it is the best in the business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe benefits are excellent, as is the caliber of employees/co-workers.

ConsIt is the common belief that this Firm is the be-all, end-all.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a challenging work environment that required long hours, however, it is an excellent firm.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

ProsReputation, quality of deal activity, access to C-suite clients and resources.

ConsLong-hours, grueling work environment and insane expectations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This was a small hard copy doc review orchestrated through Tower Legal Solutions. Two Skadden associates managed it.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Skadden Arps as a contractor

ProsFriendly associates, although we only met with two of them. Otherwise building was offsite so very little interaction.

ConsCannot think of any cons.

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Surrounded by really smart, hardworking young people.

Paralegal (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Skadden Arps full-time for more than a year

ProsIt looks great on your resume. It becomes a signal to other employer about the caliber of your work and how hard you're capable of working. It's made finding part-time work during law school really easy. It's well paid, especially with the overtime.

ConsLong hours, high stress. You'll become more familiar with Seamless takeout than you ever wanted to.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Personal and Professional Growth

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Skadden Arps

ProsLearned a lot about working with Attorneys and working in a corporate environment.

ConsVery large corporate environment and you definitely feel like a number.

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