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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great firm to work for!

    Aug 14, 2022 - Information Governance Analyst in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Treats their employees well Good benefits

    Cons

    Project requirements are not always laid out Sometimes there is not a good distinction between work and life

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work, tough lifestyle

    Sep 16, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sophisticated clients Partners go to bat for you

    Cons

    Long, arduous hours Little social life

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Toxic workplace turning over staff and lawyers in droves

    Sep 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Some truly fantastic, smart, driven employees. A few good leaders are listening to their teams and trying to enact positive change.

    Cons

    The most anxiety ridden environment I have ever worked in. Management will say "that's just the way BigLaw is", but I am now at a peer firm and it's a night and day difference. Staff are expected to put their lives aside to provide "Service Excellence" at every cost to their mental and physical health. No amount of work is ever enough - they drive their staff right through to burnout. Zero psychological safety, constant exhaustion with no time to recover, only career growth comes from so many people quitting, and a generally depressing culture all around. Staff are not equal to lawyers and are treated as though they are completely expendable, regardless of their level of expertise or outstanding performance. Hands down the worst employment experience I have ever had.

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