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Jackson Walker Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Walker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment is collegial and most partners understand that you have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Still a large law firm so there are demands on your time that can get out of balance.

    Advice to Management

    Create long term work incentives like paid sabbaticals that allow associates to recharge.


  2. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of long tenured employees - no revolving door here.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to go up the ladder; depends on the department and positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing.


  3. "Jackson Walker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Manager/IP Docketing Clerk in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Billing Manager/IP Docketing Clerk in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson Walker (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay, benefits, good people

    Cons

    no room for advancement, main office in Dallas


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "typical of other large, old law firms I've worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff is mostly friendly among staff. Reasonable starting pay. Current technology well deployed and maintained. Strong training. Low stress.

    Cons

    Typical law firm structure. Management keeps staff on a tight leash. Innovation and process improvement is not encouraged. Status quo is encouraged over excellence. Performance-based pay increases are less than COLA for the best review you could possibly receive. Bonuses are based more on seniority than performance. As is in all firms, management makes decisions based on what partners want without taking employees' needs, whether personal or professional, into much account.


  6. "Working in the glass tower"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Desktop Support (Systems Support Specialist) in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Desktop Support (Systems Support Specialist) in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Walker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, everyone was really friendly and wanted to talk to you. It was extremely demanding work but it compensated very fairly. The currently director there is one of the best people I've ever had the pleasure to work for. He's one of those that worked his way to the top rather than handed the title. The Christmas parties there are probably the best in town.

    Coworkers were great I still talk to them from time to time. Health insurance was United and coverage was fantastic.

    Cons

    Its downtown at the BOA tower. Lots of bums and druggies hanging around outside. I got pushed by a random crazy one day in front of the building while going to get lunch. Parking sucks I had to pay around 55 dollars a month to park there. Public transportation is surprisingly expensive when you add it all up. They are moving to the arts district 2015 less bums but food situations going to be food trucks or bag it.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations were unrealistic at times. Need to prioritize the work you assign rather than assigning things randomly.
    Assigning work for the sake of assigning work is not productive and detrimental to the team moral. It makes the leaders appear weak in their position. Also if everything is a urgent nothing is urgent. I remember everything being extremely important, and critical. Well, what about the thing that I was working on? Is this new thing actually more important or is the thing I'm currently working on important?

    Having a team meeting with-out any sort of agenda is a waste of time. I remember most of the meetings being arbitrary requirement of upper management. Once again above point, don't assign work just to assign it. It was a waste of an hour every morning. We just talked about social things and nothing that really pertained to the job. I can recall only one productive meeting out of the couple hundred I had to attend at this company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Must socialize with immediate co-workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Cleical in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Cleical in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Easy job, low pressure, training provided.

    Cons

    Must be accepted by long term co-workers

    Advice to Management

    Don't enage in gossip, if the job is getting done that's all that matters.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Knowledgable firm but the Partners are Wholly in it for themselves."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jackson Walker full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with. Good knowledge base to draw upon.

    Cons

    The saying is "Uncle Jack will take care of himself." That attitude that partners will look out for themselves at the expense of everyone else runs through the entire firm.

    Advice to Management

    Know where your bread is buttered. You make money through the hard work of others. Look after the non-equity partners better and the firm will make even more. Be less selfish.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work. Not your typical law firm environment (i.e. the cutthroat mentality)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and good pay. Most of the time the attorneys are flexible with someone needing time off. Stays up with technology.

    Cons

    Rather than addressing problems (mistakes) directly with someone, the attorneys generally will just stop using that person. Makes for alot of dead weight as well as burdening others who have more experience or know the problems/mistakes to avoid.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, horrible benefits compared to other lawfirms"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great people who know what they are doing (well most of them)

    Cons

    The benefits are not there. The raises and bonus'es are below what they should be. The 401k and healhcare programs are a joke.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good platform for upward mobility. Excellent firm culture.

    Cons

    Some offices are growing quickly.


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