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Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    My experience is positive - but not for my co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly. Compensation good. Opportunity to switch assignments as a secretary if not happy with current attorneys on your assignment.

    Cons

    Many new changes in HR. Always changing things up. Currently a high turnover rate for attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new management...I would say to not change so many rules. People won't be happy, and morale will go WAY down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Non-legal managers and directors are incompetent, under qualified and irresponsible ESPECIALLY in accounting department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to public transportation in a less crowded area of the loop. Decent places for lunch. Attorneys are down to earth and hard working.

    Cons

    In a one year period a 30+ year employee embezzled millions, 40+ people laid off, ARDC investigation of unethical billing, misreporting of tax withholding, and the people responsible for all these debacles are still employeed. Need I say more?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm officers need to take off the blinders and stop trusting the same people and clean house. I'm afraid there are still dishonest and incompetent people there that need to go before more damage is done. The attorneys at this firm deserve better staff and support. They have prestigious clients and don't need continual embarrassment largely in part from an incompetent and irresponsible accounting department. The embezzlement, unethical billing and misreporting of tax withholding were all avoidable had the accounting department been staffed with people who knew what they were doing and had the proper controls in place.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't bother

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Close to public transportation and decent benefits but they are getting worse as time goes on.

    Cons

    Terrible culture and morale and management seems to have no clue about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out who the terrible managers are and replace them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical Law Firm in every sense of the way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -When you work late, they provide dinner. And if you are a baby attorney or skilled staff member, you will be working late.
    -Close to transit; easy to get to/from even in the harsh winters.
    -Very structured.
    -Decent benefits.

    Cons

    -Hierarchy, hierarchy, hierarchy.
    -Horrible communication between managers and staff.
    -Lackluster pay.
    -Lack of competency or accountability doesn't stop some from advancing to senior/manager positions.
    -Very guarded, non-collaborative, secretive culture throughout the large office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce everyone's billable hours requirement by 5-10 hours a month and use that time to collaborate, solve problems, and LISTEN to your staff about the real issues driving the firm down. Provide a unanimous forum for feedback and then address it objectively, not defensively. Invest in innovation and technology to improve across the board. Don't take yourself so seriously; it doesn't upload your prestige or reputation like you think it does.

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

    Positive

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

    I have been working at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, solid company, good core values

    Cons

    Going thru growing pains which causes uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not to forget that the positive culture is what has help the company grow successfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Generally a positive experience

    Current Employee - Non-Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Non-Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz full-time

    Pros

    - Decent benefits, hours, overall nice people to work with.
    - A somewhat laid-back enviornment for a law firm.

    Cons

    - Training was spotty
    - General communication could've been better.
    - Some of the senior attorneys play favorites

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative Experience with Departmental Director and HR Department

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    Former Employee - Other Department - Non-attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Other Department - Non-attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz

    Pros

    -Support staff and most co-workers provided positive environement
    -Most senior level Shareholders/Practice Group Leaders/Board of Directors were easy to work with/friendly

    Cons

    -No training
    -Poor document retention and technology, unorganized communication between departments
    -Bad senior leadership in key departments, including HR - if you have an issue with a manager, you are wise not to go go to HR, as they will not support, listen or investigate accusations
    -Negative feedback on a regular basis
    -Poor team moral and leadership due to intimidation/interactions with Departmental Director/Human Resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the HR Dept. and Shareholders - Sometimes things are not always as they seem. High turnover in Business Development since senior management has changed within the past two years should be an indication. I would suggest contacting the Shareholders that this support staff work with directly with in order to evaluate performance, not necessarily this Director and managers in the department. I'd encourage HR to look deeper into situations regarding their employees and speak with them directly and privately rather than jumping to conclusions. To anyone interviewing for positions in BD, be careful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional and Incompetent HR Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz

    Pros

    If you have the patience and restraint to tolerate the poor management in HR and enjoy being micromanaged, then the decent salary and benefits will be worth your time.

    Cons

    The HR department is callous and inconsiderate of its support staff. When considering addressing any problem with HR, it would be wise to keep it to oneself because there is no room for empathy at Vedder Price. Addressing any mistreatment experienced is not a wise idea. HR will give preferential treatment to employees that produce billable hours. Passing judgment and poor communication is the norm during employee reviews. Work is judged critically instead of constructively and positive employee performance is overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers with an educational background in human resource management. Management needs to realize that leading with fear and intimidation are not the qualities of a good manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Factorization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, People, decent hours/flexible hours.

    Cons

    You had to be what they termed "Vedderized" which meant walking, training breathing and eating in lock step. There was no room for a creative individual mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek individual input from all employees to utilize one's inner talents. It will only make the company better and the employee happier.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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