Special Counsel

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Special Counsel Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
60 Reviews
3.5
60 Reviews
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John L. Marshall III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great for contract work especially when new to a market (in 3 reviews)

  • I really enjoyed the people who worked along side of me, but that may be dependent upon the applicant pool (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Contract work with little room for promotions (in 4 reviews)

  • Recent graduates or people with less experience will have a tougher time getting placed, unless it is a document review project (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Exceptional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Contractor in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Special Counsel as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professional organization that helps you succeed

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Counsel

    Pros

    Salary is good for a beginner.

    Cons

    Discriminate against people with physical and mental disabilities, and health problems. Hours are terrible, you can't pick your own schedule. Disorganized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good communication and professional demeanor

    Cons

    sometimes hard to find work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve communication with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment for professional growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Administrator in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Special Counsel as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company has great resources to enable its employees to succeed. It is a challenging work environment that pushes people to perform their best.

    Cons

    There will be really good months for business as well as very slow months. Must be prepared to deal with both ends of spectrum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Consultant- Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Consultant- Contract Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Special Counsel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The firms that I have worked with through this agency are top-notch. The staff at SCI is professional and responsive. If you are professional, hardworking, and are liked by the firms, they will keep you working.

    Cons

    Communication regarding the length, duration, and start of projects are sometimes lacking--- which is understandable because they are also dealing with the firms who are dealing with the client and the electronic services provider (and so it goes..); however, They should try to get information (even if it's simply that they are awaiting information from the client etc) over to contract attorneys who often times waiting "in the dark." The insurance that they offered to Consultants was terribly expensive and awful. They have now eliminated the insurance due to the Affordable Care Act' Health Exchange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuing pursuing and maintaining great relationships with great firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Eh...

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Special Counsel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Will hire with out of state law license.

    Cons

    Pay is low and attorneys are treated like a commodity rather than employees. Permanent staff seem overworked and disengaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to treat attorneys like valued assets and moral and retention will improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not what its cracked up to be

    Former Employee - Business Development Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice midtown location in manhattan office

    Cons

    almost exclusively cold calling is the only way to make headway as a recruiter here.

  9.  

    Excellent opportunities for legal professionals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Contract work with little room for promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A rewarding and educational experience in jump starting my legal career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Special Counsel's ability to discern and place the right candidate on the right assignment.

    Cons

    Being able to demonstrate self-motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Special Counsel is a wonderful and a professional company to work for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Contract Attorney

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special Counsel

    Pros

    Flexible hours; convenient work space; efficient support staff; pay is competitive but needs to increase as industry company project opportunities become more abundant

    Cons

    could be better communication about assignment duration; needs to be better incentives for employees staffed on long duration assignments to maintain employee morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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