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Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Foundation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This firm still believes in the generalist model. allowing junior attorneys to develop the so very important broad experience necessary to be an excellent lawyer overall and to avoid blinders when one specializes.

    Cons

    As is customary in Big Law the work-life balance is not good. In recent years the above Pro (quality broad based training) may be suffering, in particular in the smaller offices, as the lack of senior associate and junior partners to train junior attorneys becomes apparent from layoffs in 2009 that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember how important it is to have a pipeline of talent to sustainability of the Firm, and service the clients (in particular the institutionalized clients).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Accounting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accounting in Washington, DC

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is good but the parking is $250.00 a month and managers don't ;listen to suggestions

    Cons

    There are clicks among staff members and you are not welcome if you are a new comer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is no "i" in team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Accounting

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Accounting in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being able to discuss the unexperienced staff they hire

    Cons

    Training is done by handing a notebook from 20 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time concerntrateing on work and gossiping less

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience but Poor Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time

    Pros

    Great experience working on sophisticated transactions. There are many great mentors in the firm if you are lucky enough to work with them. Unfortunately, there are also a number of partners that see you only as a resource and have no desire to help you further your career.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, which is to be expected with a big firm like this. The numerous mergers have only made the problem worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your people are your most valuable asset and they are not as fungible as management in the firm would believe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Office has good location near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Great co-workers, always willing to help out and always friendly.

    Cons

    Firm does not make good use of technology, some processes are outdated. Secretaries have to do too much billing. Work can be painfully slow and there isn't much to do most of the time. They can be too conservative with salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training opportunities and invest in more up to date technology for expense reporting and billing. Paperless should be the goal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good work-life balance, pretty good training.

    Cons

    Lots of mergers, layoffs and change, so I don't know what their future holds. Company values and office culture could be stronger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make staff feel acknowledged and appreciated; create more of a team atmosphere.

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

    Steer Clear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous PTO structure and unlimited sick days for salaried employees

    Cons

    Decisions and management discussions are shrouded in immense secrecy. Specialist culture, low salaries and bullying abound. No upward mobility opportunities, no recognition for good work or consequences for sub-par work, no training, and no innovation. Management does not value or invest in employees, or strategies from this century. Heavy-hitting partners are leaving in droves to join the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, it's 2014. 1954 called, and it wants its workplace culture back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Low Morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great clients, great client-facing opportunities.

    Cons

    No transparency, no career training opportunities, lots of back stabbing and throwing of people under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something - anything - to boost employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Okay place to work, but no room for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey

    Pros

    Collegial environment and nice offices.

    Cons

    Management didn't share a lot which lead to rumors and concern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IP Paralegal in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - IP Paralegal in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They reward people that work well with nice bonuses. Pay well. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Treat attorneys much better than paralegals and staff. Some of the attorneys are hard to work for. Lots of hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the importance of treating staff and paralegals better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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