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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Regular work hours, great staff, friendly work environment

    Cons

    I have no cons to speak of

    Advice to Management

    pleasure working here


  2. "TERRIBLE FIRM!!"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attorneys and staff are very friendly.

    Cons

    Management does not care about its staff. Low pay, 1% raises, no bonuses, no help whatsoever. Firm is a true "sweat shop" and secretaries' hard work is not appreciated one bit. Lots and lots of favoritism. Very poor moral but people are afraid to leave for some odd reason.

    Advice to Management

    None, they just don't care.


  3. "Horrible Benefits and Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff and nice building.

    Cons

    Benefits, work-life balance, culture and pay

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate benefits, PTO and Pay. Evolve with the times.


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  5. "Not Good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Trademark Paralegal in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Trademark Paralegal in Phila, PA

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Could not think of anything good

    Cons

    Not honest with their employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a Place You Want to Stay"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time

    Pros

    Easy to get hired; firm location

    Cons

    Compensation; work environment; no opportunity for advancement; benefits; firm culture. The firm knows it doesn't have much to offer and has accepted the "revolving door" policy as a cost of doing business. People are treated as expendable resources that will get burned out and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone at Eckert Seamans knows, implicitly or explicitly that money is the bottom line. There are so many attorneys in D.C. desperate for jobs that management knows they can pay everyone 20% less than the going rate for the same job and require employees to work 20% more than normal because there will always be someone else standing at the door waiting to take your job. What's unfortunate about that short-sighted strategy is that the firm doesn't realize how much more money/resources it could be saving by making the necessary changes to firm culture to ensure that employees are happy and willing to build cohesive teams of attorneys and staff that stay and work well together. This place is the definitive "sweat shop." Stay clear of the aviation group, which is particularly toxic and difficult, due to the precedent set by the partner chairing that group. Attorneys are only bonused on hours billed and received (or "realized"). Many of the matters brought in to that group are capped fee matters, so the chair will take in the capped fee and write off all associate time clocked on that matter, therefore guaranteeing that no bonuses are paid at the end of the year. Although management is aware of all these problems they are apathetic and not open to doing what is necessary to make the changes to improve the environment. As stated, they have accepted the model of the firm as a "revolving door" firm. Business model is also built on wooing clients from larger firms with excessively low billable hour rate, which the require all attorneys and staff to work twice as hard to realize the same profit margins as firm competitors. The only people who win are the equity partners at the top and everyone else loses and works themselves to the bone until the realize how futile the situation is.


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    "Legal Assistant / Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on case assignments for corporate clients that provided rewarding experiences, as well as working in a professional, nice, modern physical business environment. Administrative support from the Pittsburgh home office appears to address most issues with a high degree of professionalism within the parameters set by managing attorneys.

    Cons

    The Wilmington Office is run by a pair of practice group attorneys locked in a power struggle of mutual loathing. Their unreasonable and unstable natures would be comical if they did not have so much power to create an environment where crazy reigns supreme. These lawyers behave like school yard bullies and have exhibited some of the most unprofessional behavior I have ever experienced in over 25 years of legal support. Tattle-tellers are richly rewarded and competent newcomers are gaslighted. The highest paid staff members are the most unproductive and possess the least skills.

    Advice to Management

    If I thought Management actually wanted advice, I'd offer it. But we are talking about lawyers and no one can tell a lawyer anything he or she doesn't already know better for themselves.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "4 Years A Slave"

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    Current Employee - Office Services in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Office Services in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart lawyers some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    Smart lawyers detached from the real world.

    Advice to Management

    Hire your own support staff, be fair, stay away from outsource companies, they're evil.


  9. "It is what it is...a law firm"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Respected Pittsburgh firm with common sense attorneys with a decent environment to work. There are time pressures from time to time to get work done but that is part of any law firm job.

    Cons

    Likely not a lot of room for growth. No hierarchical or steps for achievement to get to the next level (if there is one). Not sure how compensation is based or why others who do less get compensated more.

    Advice to Management

    Management not receptive to suggestions. Or slow to act on suggestions.


  10. "Eckert is typical for a medium-size law firm - But individual experiences can be horrifying."

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    To my knowledge, no attorneys were ever "laid-off" from Eckert. That is likely a function that the firm does not staff up very aggressively when times are busy. It also is proud of not having any lay-offs in its recent history and wants to protect that reputation. For anyone working in the Pittsburgh headquarters, the experience is reported to be a good one for attorneys, i.e., fair amount of respect and high degree of collaboration between attorneys of various levels. The benefits are average for a law firm of its size.

    Cons

    At its offices other than the headquarters in Pittsburgh, there is very little sense of the collegial atmosphere that exists at the headquarters. Pay is modest and bonuses are nearly nonexistent. There is very little communication to the associate attorney level as to the financial performance of the firm. There are no written standards as to how to progress in making "member" or "special member". (Eckert uses the term "member" rather than "partner".)

    Gaining expertise through collaboration or the chance for new opportunities is nonexistent. Individual partners are allowed to entirely run certain practice groups entirely independently, without any mentoring or management expertise from the firm. The associate attorneys within that group are entirely at the whim of the particular partners and even when there has been extraordinary level of turnover within a practice group, management does not involve themselves in its management.

    The firm's internal IT systems are outdated and poorly functioning. Even though the IT personnel themselves make every attempt to be helpful and solve problems, they are hamstrung by the infrastructure and existing systems.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the firm's culture of collegiality and opportunity to locations other than Pittsburgh.
    Train and mentor individual members in how to manage and treat others in order to generate peak performance.
    Communicate clear standards for performance and pay.


  11. "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott full-time

    Pros

    The firm promotes a family friendly environment.

    Cons

    The firm has a conservative outlook on true business development activities.



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