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Dykema Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  1. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great work environment.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons.


  2. "associate attorney"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance; national firm.

    Cons

    Lower end of salary range; 1950 billing goal.

  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lifestyle firm
    Great partners to work with
    Minimal supervision over cases

    Cons

    Pay isn't as great as other midsize firms


  4. "Just an Opinion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    I have no comment here.

    Cons

    I have no common here, either.

    Advice to Management

    It is best that you keep up with the salary demands of Los Angeles secretaries if you ever expect to get good, loyal professional help.


  5. "IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation decent pay

    Cons

    Poor life balance, not able to use vacation without interruption, Poor management and terrible HR department that can not be trusted. Lack of training and only the favorites will survive

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers that micromanage and undermine.


  6. "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dykema full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good money including the starting salary.

    Cons

    Very unhealthy work environment. You work insane hours and people will undercut you to get ahead. They treat people with very little respect and have no worldview outside their own.


  7. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Staff in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, not much micromanagement, management always available and willing to work through things

    Cons

    Getting things done can sometimes take longer than expected

  8. "Managed well through a difficult time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In one of the hardest hit economies, the firm maintained a civil and respectful envirnoment

    Cons

    Very busy at times impacting work / life balance. Management had to reduce professional and support staff during the recession but sense that Dykema cut no deeper than other firms in better markets

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, let everyone know how the firm is doing, and future planss


  9. "Overhead too high and compensation policy not equitable."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some cross selling efforts encouraged but in an infancy stage. Many dedicated and excellent attorneys. Starting to be more flexible in improving technology use.

    Cons

    Technology problems are common. Overhead way too high. Offices with smaller footprints bear a disproportionate burden of the costs created by other offices while not having the benefits of the main offices. Serious lack of transparency and accountability for policies. Need to improve strength of accounting and technology staff.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline procedures so that you can compete with technology astute competitors. Create uniform policies subject to modification in extenuating circumstances and apply them and do not operate as just a bunch of solos. Decrease bureaucracy.


  10. "IT Specialist at a large law firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Dykema full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There was nothing outstanding about working at this firm. In the Chicago office, there was more of a camaraderie than other offices and there were lots of events and raffles for baseball games.

    Cons

    The salary base for Dykema may have been slightly lower than other law firms in the major markets. Although there is a very competent training department in place, there is no support for requiring personnel to improve their skills. Most decisions based on what other law firms are doing which certainly doesn't make you stand out in the pack.

    Advice to Management

    HR Administration very "paranoid" about protocol to the point where they tie everyone's hands as it relates to communication, job flexibility (flex hours) or promotion opportunities. IT skill level of management is poor which creates a gap in their ability to determine competencies in personnel.


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