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Katten Reviews

Updated September 3, 2018
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Vincent A. F. Sergi
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance for support staff" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Vacation time flexible, Cafeteria, Benefits" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not a good work life balance for attorneys" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. "Administrative Support Clerk"

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    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 Katten full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance for support staff

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance for attorneys


  10. "Marketing Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Ability to define role.

    Cons

    Lacked direction and innovation. Lots of bureaucracy.


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