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3.5 6 reviews

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Eric Friedman

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Copy Center Technician (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    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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    Employeed at large law firm

    Creative Team (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsPosition & atmosphere is very high pressure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave your employees back. Learn to know them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Support Staff (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsNice perks, in-house cafeteria, good location

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the dead wood out and hire more progress, and tech-savvy support staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Legal Secretary (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros35 hour work week
    22 days of vacation
    Nice people

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee cons list above

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Legal Secretary (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementConcentrate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Well-deserved reputation as a soulless sweatshop

    Attorney, 4th-Year (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementOverworked, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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