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Dykema Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "Excellent company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Managed well through a difficult time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "IT Specialist at a large law firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Increased Salary for Chicago and DC Offices"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work culture and work/life balance. Big institutional clients

    Cons

    None as of yet.


  7. "Too many people dumping work on others so they can socialize."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay. Beautiful Offices. Some holidays. Not too much else that can be listed.

    Cons

    Stressed from handling own work load and fending off people pawning their work load off. Management is more like multiple committees and not one go to person.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep good people, there needs to be accountability and streamlining work loads. Crack down on the pawning socialites and give employees someone to go to that can help address these issues.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic at times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some very experienced and intelligent attorneys who work here and if you are lucky, you may land one as your mentor. The culture is about what you would expect from a mid-size firm. I find the work interesting and challenging. I think it's an ethical firm and really has a lot of potential for growth.

    Cons

    It is a little chaotic at times. Very few streamlined processes for getting the most basic of tasks done, i.e. opening new files, check requests, etc. My biggest issue has been support staff. My secretary was laid off a year ago and I haven't had a decent one since. Older support staff do not have updated computer skills and yet are allowed to remain. I have problems getting court filings done because my secretary is slow and does not have a good skill set. I end up doing most of my documents and filings myself.

    Advice to Management

    Please look into hiring competent support staff and do not let the competent people you have go, believe me, they are worth the money. Too many higher ups like partners and management cause a lot of bottleneck in the workflow.


  9. "Nice place but management takes advantage of employees"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dykema full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people; lower stress/hours than most big firms

    Cons

    Cheap, cheap, cheap in everything they do, including compensating you. And it's every person for themselves -- don't expect the firm to do right by you and pay you what you deserve or (in some cases) what they even promise to pay you. From the outside, the management appears to be entirely illogical in their decision making. There's a real lack of transparency and they seem to really just want to increase their pay at the expense of everything else.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your workers by paying them what they deserve and rewarding them for good work. Otherwise, there is little incentive for them to stay or continue to work hard.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly, intelligent and hardworking people in a humane workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    People are career-focused and have a work-life balance. They support your growth. Lots of potential to work on different areas of law and attorneys.

    Cons

    Not enough skilled support staff.


  11. "Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, great flexibility, good training, beautiful offices, nice staff, challenging work, good pay, patient with new associates in learning and increasing hours over time

    Cons

    Clients are demanding, structure is hierarchical, partners' incentives sometimes result in bad situations for associates, expected to be available at all times (due to clients)



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