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Jenner & Block Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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  1. "Current Full-Time Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jenner & Block full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits here are outstanding; all of those that are expected (medical, dental, vision, etc.) as well as extras like backup daycare, profit sharing, and a generous PTO policy. Compensation is fair and bonuses are generous.

    Cons

    No casual Fridays, but that's not a big deal.


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    "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, competitive PTO, overtime benefits, full health coverage, dedication to LGBTQ and pro-bono, work-life balance, easy to ask for help from peers and mid-level paralegal staff.

    Cons

    Senior management can be difficult to communicate with, limited career-mobility. Clear hierarchy between all levels of employees that makes it difficult to organize and complete tasks efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    More delegation of tasks and responsibilities and less micro-management would be beneficial; overall commitment to clients and community is a plus.


  3. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work! I was proud to work for one of the best law firms in the nation. Amazing benefit package. Fun co-workers.

    Cons

    Some of the lawyers were difficult to work with.


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  5. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jenner & Block (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the opportunity to work with some of the best corporate lawyers in the country (the caliber of attorney is particularly high in the DC office).

    Cons

    The work is very tedious and boring. Don't really feel like I contributed valuable work, as most of the Project Assistant work is assembling binders and doing purely administrative tasks. There is also no promotion ladder (except to paralegal, which is very rare and I don't think a lot of PAs want to be a career para). Additionally, the bonuses for PAs I think are very disorganized, as PAs are not on a structured timeline of yearly reviews and bonus dates. The base pay definitely leaves something to be desired as well.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to make the PA position a little more structured, and to try and let PAs do valuable, substantive work. I think a lot of people enter this role to decide if they want to go to law school or to pad their resume before going to law school, so it would be great to get to do real work.


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    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time

    Pros

    Generally the attorneys and staff are friendly and open. There are some very smart lawyers. The pay and benefits for attorneys are good.

    Cons

    It's biglaw—it chews you up and spits you out. At least one of the firm's largest clients is unbelievably demanding. I heard of one attorney who worked back-to-back 400-hour months. My review takes this as a baseline for a job in biglaw (that is, I recommend Jenner to a friend who wants a job in biglaw, but then again, I would advise a friend against a job in biglaw).

    The secretarial staff is not particularly well treated.


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    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time

    Pros

    The firm sponsors a Happy hour every Friday for everyone except the secretaries and mailroom staff. Benefits are good but expensive. The OT is good, when the firm is busy.

    Cons

    The hours are brutal and the culture is awful. Everyone is out for themselves. When mistakes happen they are more interested in blame shifting then simply fixing the issue and moving on. They have raised their rates to the point that clients are leaving in droves. Management is more interested in increasing partner salariy ratios then in staying economically competitive with other firms. It's a terrible business model that is destined to fail. How are they supposed to bring in new business when the clients scoff at their billable rates. They also use contract and staff attorneys in place of associates as a work around cost saving measure. Clients are expecting the best of the best, not attorneys that either were fired from other firms for incompetence or a "C's get degrees' law school graduate. Ultimately when they screw up they blame a member of the staff to save their jobs. You go to Jenner to work with the very best and if they can't or rather won't accommodate a clients budget they either lose the business or go to their C team. It's a lose lose situation. If you want to bring in clients you need to be economically competitive and offer the very best, in this case they don't do either. The last few years the firm has been involved in large scale investigations for Lehmam Brothers and GM which have artificially enlarged the profit margin but it's not telling the true story. Overall business is down because clients can get the same level of service for better rates elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your pricing model so the attorneys can maintain their client lists. Ultimately you will make more money by having a larger client list and you wil be able to utilize your top talent as well. The firm opened up another office but the actual attorney and staff numbers have shrunk. That's not growth. Also treat your staff better, your top paralegal talent have fled the firm after years of nonexistent raises and shrinking bonuses. Good paralegals can save you more money then any staff or contract attorney.


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    "Project Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to life at a law firm, opportunity to work with incredibly smart and successful lawyers

    Cons

    No substantive work, very tedious projects, unpredictable hours

    Advice to Management

    Make the PA role a more substantive position


  9. "Friendly Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked in the LA office and had some of the friendliest attorneys
    Management is relatively laid back than other firms
    Flexibility on schedule and competitive pay

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours but that's to be expected.
    Some of the supervising attorneys may be extremely demanding and not very approachable.


  10. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jenner & Block full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom in the position, company treats you with respect, pays you fairly.

    Cons

    Many late nights, typical legal profession


  11. "Good benefits package"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health, dental and vision options available.

    Cons

    The firm does not pay for any bar dues.



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