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  1. "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.


  2. "Would be a great company if Chicago was the corporate office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, regular run of the mill corporate office feel. They do try to do nice things for employees to make it a more enjoyable atmosphere. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Honestly, the worst is that Detroit makes all the decisions and are very behind the times. If Chicago could make their own decisions it would be much better. Additionally, way to many manager on top of managers. You have to answer to 20 different people and no one really can help without involving all the others.

    Advice to Management

    More training on a specific basis, not general for everyone. Also, a lead manager, not twenty!

  3. "Great people, flawed business strategy"

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

    I worked at Dykema full-time

    Pros

    There are many very fine attorneys there. They are very competent in their areas of practice, and are fun to work with. There are no "screamers" or jerks. Every single one was pleasant to everyone, including to the staff.

    Cons

    The efforts of firm leadership to maintain the "center of gravity" in Michigan is holding the firm back.

    Advice to Management

    Let the Chicago office flourish. The entire firm will benefit as a result.


  4. "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.


  5. "Nice people and nice work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice, technology is up to date and the firm has an open door policy. Coworkers are very helpful and they really stress teamwork and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management is a little clueless about what is going on with the associates. Unfortunately, if there is not a specific partner that takes you under their wing, you are not going to make your hours and will have a very difficult time finding significant projects to develop your skills. There is still a bit of a good ole boys mentality at this law firm and they need to be consistent about working on diversity. There is a lot of diversity with the staff but not a lot of diversity with the attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on diversity and take an interest in junior and mid-level associates to ensure they are getting the work to grow their skills.


  6. "Don't trust the Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office space to work in

    Cons

    The former COO and Chairman of the firm were clueless when it came to the employee moral they created. Unfortuately they were there 8 years too long.

    Advice to Management

    I would give advice, but I'm not getting paid for it.


  7. "Typical big law firm - it is what it is"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay was very good

    Cons

    Wasn't really there long enough to know


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