SmithAmundsen Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful entry-level experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SmithAmundsen part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Friendly office atmosphere, especially for a law firm.

    - Clear cut expectations

    Cons

    - No good way to meet people as a new employee aside from making yourself known

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the social advancement of your human capital & keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Couldn't get out fast enough!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, but not worth it.

    Cons

    Partner/associate affair, foul language, inappropriate attire, unprofessional staff, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an office manager and get rid of the attorneys that ruin the reputation of the firm and make it hard on everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad work envrionment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    I worked at SmithAmundsen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good place to get some experience

    Cons

    petty politics were crap. if you worked for someone who was not in one of the named partners' good graces, your salary was lower than other associates and opportunity for advancement was restricted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember, the associates don't set their billable rate. Someone who bills 2200 hours on a low billable rate client should be rewarded more than an associate who bills 1500 on a high billable rate client. If the associates had their own choice in billable rates, they would choose to bill at a high rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The pay does not match the responsibilities given. There are a lot of structural issues at the top that trickle down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Clayton, MO

    I have been working at SmithAmundsen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Has potential to grow if issues are fixed

    Cons

    There are communication and structural issues at the top that effect everyone else in a negative way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with your employees; what is expected, who they report to; how to earn a raise; what constitues a deserved raise. No one is ever on the same page due to lack of leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The perfect job for someone who doesn't like to think outside the box/question processes.

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SmithAmundsen

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice, and very helpful. For a law firm, the office environment is on the more casual side.

    Cons

    If this were 1995, they would be on the cutting edge of technology. Unfortunately, it’s 2012, and many of their processes/systems need to be upgraded (still using office 2003). Additionally, the staff should be trained on how to use the technology they currently have. My coworkers couldn’t set up simple print option functions. Processes are old and outdated. When I interviewed, management gave the impression that they were looking for new ideas to update and modernize their processes for their new and growing needs. After working there for just a few weeks, it became quite clear that they were all talk, and no action. They spend so much time just trying to catch up (because the old processes are slow), that they don’t have time to study and re-work current processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the time to examine the processes, and make them better. If you keep waiting for a good time, it will never come. If you spend a little money now on updated systems, processes, and software, you’ll save big time on labor costs later. Rather than requiring X amount of hours of overtime, approve working up to X amount of hours of overtime. You’ll save on labor costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    A firm that wants to move ahead, but will never achieve its lofty goals due to poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SmithAmundsen

    Pros

    Downtown location was good and close to some trains. The views from the building were nice. The attorneys for the most part were quality people, but the lawyers on whole had no say as to the direction of the firm.

    Cons

    The COO's agenda is odd, and it seems as if the firm's needs are secondary in terms of importance. The leadership at this level needs a new perspective and not sure that the few people who can make the change see or understand the need for a new direction. Too bad for the firm, since other firms of simialr size and background are passing SA by each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspection is the key. Look at the top to understand why there is discord and the signs of mis-management ($$$) are there for shareholders to see. They need to ask, and take a stand to bring the change to SA that is needed to move the firm forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good Experience while in school, but no chance of a job offer upon graduation.

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk
    Former Employee - Law Clerk

    I worked at SmithAmundsen

    Pros

    large law firm with a wide variety of practice areas and experience

    Cons

    very compartmentalized, with no meaningful opportunity to gain exposure to other groups or areas of the law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider hiring law clerks, and not just hiring at diversity fairs.

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