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Katten Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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Vincent A. F. Sergi
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Pros
  • Good benefits, decent salary, good co-workers, good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, Nice amenities, assignment independence (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Though this is expected at a law firm, it still isn't fun to deal with on a daily basis (in 3 reviews)

  • Staff gets treated like peasants with no respect from attorneys (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sophisticated work."

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

    Pros

    Sophisticated work. Quality attorneys. Competitive salaries. Comfortable offices. They were willing to spend money on necessary resources to handle complex cases.

    Cons

    Very high billable hour requirements. Often the satellite offices are treated like second class citizens and their needs are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the concerns of satellite offices.


  2. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Katten full-time

    Pros

    Decent time off and benefits.

    Cons

    Little to no training in place.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is very partner dependent but the Charlotte office is great to work at.

    Cons

    The decision making is done elsewhere.


  4. "litigation paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    nice staff. some attorneys were great to work with.

    Cons

    long nights. worked hard for 2 years to only be bumped 1/2 a step

    Advice to Management

    show you are about your employees that work hard


  5. "Executive Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Katten full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary, benefits, and vacation time, and inspiring and challenging work and work team.

    Cons

    Lack of respect by the firm of non-attorney staff. Lack of promotion opportunities and opportunities for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Create a committee for legal assistants with valuable members of firm management serving as advocates. Make available and encourage opportunities for professional growth.


  6. "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Katten (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive management, congenial atmosphere, great location

    Cons

    Not much interaction between practice groups


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Go Elsewhere!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Down to earth attorneys
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency
    - Not innovative and behind on technology
    - Little collaboration between groups
    - Likes to tout diversity but this is an oxymoron when cronyism is prevalent and diverse individuals steadily leave
    - Little professional development available
    - Little room for advancement since partners and senior associates horde hours
    - Detached culture/low morale/high turnover of partners, associates and administrators
    - Other offices are satellite to Chicago mothership
    - False belief in strength of firm brand

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    There are not that many.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency


  9. "Legal Executive Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Executive Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Executive Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katten full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, computer programs, 2 great attorneys

    Cons

    it's who you know not what you know

    Advice to Management

    Secretarial assignments are not equal by any means


  10. "Legal Secretary"

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

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    The DC office iin Georgetown is in an interesting location and the offices are nice. Some of the people there are friendly and they have a great catering manager.

    Cons

    Middling benefits, low bonus that never increases. No ability to move into other positions. It's a very inconvenient commute and not at all close to any metro stops.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep staff the salaries, benefits and bonuses should be reviewed and updated. It would be helpful to be more flexible with your employees. There are some poor attorney managers that shouldn't be allowed to manage people.


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