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Skadden Arps Reviews in Washington, DC

81 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Copy Center Technician  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Copy Center Technician in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employeed at large law firm

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    Former Employee - Creative Team  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Creative Team in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good practice at juggling various projects, some with very tight deadlines.

    Cons

    Position & atmosphere is very high pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your employees back. Learn to know them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Support Staff

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    Former Employee - Support Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Nice perks, in-house cafeteria, good location

    Cons

    Senior management needs to be more aware of support staff; attorneys not very friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the dead wood out and hire more progress, and tech-savvy support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    Pros

    35 hour work week
    22 days of vacation
    Nice people

    Cons

    Administration/Management sucks in the Washington, DC office
    Pay raises suck -- barely get cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons list above

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't believe all of the rumors, it really is a great place to work and call home.

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The family atmosphere. Most departments were very well to pitch in and help each other out. You will often see management stepping in to print name tags and stuff envelopes right along with support staff. There are no ego's. The attorneys are very warm and friendly. There isn't a lot of the "us and them" perception that you would typically get from any firm.

    Cons

    It is a very large and successful firm that seems to often rest on its name and as much as the words might be spoken, there is no real feeling of acceptance of new and innovative ideas or change. Ideas are often listened to and yet rarely implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on doing your job well and not worry about who is getting where and when. Connect with your employees, show a genuine interest, and try to put yourselves in their shoes more often.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Well-deserved reputation as a soulless sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Money and prestige. Access to high-profile, challenging cases.

    Cons

    No realistic prospect of career advancement - you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to make partner. Not a quality of life firm - you are expected to be tethered to your blackberry at all times. Expect to work on your birthday, your children's birthdays, your wedding anniversary, etc. Extremely high turnover, which can be very disruptive to your cases, the staffing is always changing. Super-senior associates, those with, say, 10+ years of experience but no prospect of partnership, are who you will interact most directly with, and by and large they are bitter and power-mad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overworked, stressed-out, unappreciated associates who are being terrorized by your super-senior associates are not providing the best quality work product for your clients. Consider that weekends may be a necessary time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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