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Updated November 4, 2018
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  1. "Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Katten full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues. Treated with respect. Mostly free micromanagement. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Not busy enough at times


  2. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits including generous paid time off. Great Chicago location, convenient to all public transit.

    Cons

    The company culture is about as lifeless as can be
    Imagined with minimal interaction between colleagues; this includes a lack of basic greetings in most email communications.

    The gap between management (attorneys as well) and staff can more accurately be described as a chasm, so much so that you’ll probably never see or hear from your team’s higher levels of leadership.

    Pace of change is also a major issue. Nothing happens instantly within a global firm, but mere decisions to act on an issue should not take one year or more.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition of staff should include more than the occasional ice cream social. While attorneys are the core reasons that law firms exist, they are not the only reason for its success. Finding different ways to occasionally express this would go a long way in seeing higher productivity. For proof, take a look at the success that other industries are having by investing more in the happiness of their employees.

  3. "Run While You Can!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    i anticipated it to be a good place because of international presence, but the opening of new Dallas office is a complete and utter disappointment. There is favoritism galore!

    Cons

    Do not expect professionalism. It is non-existent in new Dallas office. The majority of the group is a remnant of the former Andrews Kurth firm. Growth is slow and painful. Not enough work to keep staff busy. I’d definitely look to the other big firms like Sidley, Baker, Jones Day, etc. if you like the big firm environment — NOT this firm!

    Advice to Management

    Hire a credentialed office manager full time to keep people in line.


  4. "Conflicts Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Thats IT in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Thats IT in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with minimal stress

    Cons

    No room for growth besides to mid analyst

    Advice to Management

    Micromangement on steroids


  5. "Attorney"

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

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    Working with intelligent and interesting people.

    Cons

    Big law mentality can be stifling.


  6. "Junior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Katten full-time

    Pros

    Good Compensation, substantive experience early on

    Cons

    Culture, hours, lifestyle, balance, work can generally be uninteresting/understaffed


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the only law firm on the block"

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

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    central location, no one is steering the ship

    Cons

    Staff are left unmanaged. Human Resources does not exist. The HR team in Chicago is out of touch and do not have any clue what goes on day to day in the other offices. The HR team, or lack of team shall I say in the New York office do nothing. I was not aware that the Human Resources department take 3 hour lunches and heaven forbid they leave the 20th floor.

    Advice to Management

    You need a presence. Your people are your organization. Pay attention to your people, not just the attorneys.

  8. "Paralegal Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Office and office location are good

    Cons

    not a lot of team work


  9. "Growing and Changing, Little by Little"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and get into the corporate work force. Average benefits and compensation. Depending on the department, you work with some amazing people. A lot of the admins are very supportive. Every now and then, you get a few perks, like being invited to a Bulls game. Location is right in between Union and Ogilvie Stations. There are also Green and Blue line stops nearby.

    Cons

    The culture could use a lot of work, but it seems like the new CAO is aware and is trying to make changes. It is also more difficult than one would think to move up and around in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current talent and bring the community up to date with other companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Katten full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, occasional perks, i.e. food, socials, etc. Technology and tools are up to date.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, too much bureaucracy. You have to get the approval from a million people to get a single thing done. Questions often deferred to someone else, who probably doesn't know the answer either. Inefficient, clumsy work. Process is not streamlined and often work has to be completed several times. There is not a lot of teamwork or collaboration.