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Katten Reviews

Updated June 20, 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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    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. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Marketing Department"

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    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.


  7. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    The pay is not the best

  8. "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Katten full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice people, great office

    Cons

    No ability to move up


  9. "Associate"

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues; relatively reasonable hours

    Cons

    Not enough work; uneven work distribution; opaque bonus requirements; high turn-over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute work evenly; need more mid-level associates


  10. "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.


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