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Katten Reviews

Updated June 10, 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
  • Elitist corporate culture, the people at the top have no respect for support staff (in 3 reviews)

  • Great start for new paralegal or associate (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Legal Executive Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "KMR on the rise."

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney/Summer Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney/Summer Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Katten (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very nice place to work. Excellent clients. Brilliant attorneys.

    Cons

    Cronyism is an unspoken issue.


  4. "Worked there as a paralegal - pretty good first job"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, good co-workers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    not a good management of paralegal workflow, not a lot of networking between departments so it can feel a little isolating to work there as a young person who isn't a lawyer

    Advice to Management

    manage workflow between paralegals better - Sometimes you can have too much work to do, sometimes not enough while your fellow paralegal has the exact opposite problem.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Conflicts Department"

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

    Pros

    You will learn a great deal.
    You will work with some very smart individuals.
    You will learn to work efficiently in a quick paced environment.
    Salary is comparable to other firms.
    Benefits are comparable, if not better than other firms.
    Bonuses appear to be based on merit, not length of time with company.
    You will have a great deal of work which will make the day go by faster.

    Cons

    You will not be able to showcase any talents.
    You will not be utilized to your fullest potential.
    You will be judged based on management's personal preferences.
    You will not be respected for the quality of your work.
    You will deal with lots of pettiness.
    You will need to have a thick skin.
    You will need to realize that promotions are not based on merit, so if this is your motivation, you will not thrive.
    You will have to watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is watching you, you should care about your reputation.
    You are not trendsetters, you are disturbingly unworthy individuals. Fortunately, a few good ones are able to survive the unprofessional and unethical treatment there. Be better. Do better.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away! Once a wonderful place. Not anymore."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health, dental and vision insurance and PTO

    Cons

    Firm administration is greedy. No respect for staff. Upper Management has ruined this once great law firm.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house especially upper management.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great vacation policy. Paid parking in the Charlotte, NC firm.

    Cons

    No support from management. Just kept piling more work on staff who could do the work, but let the slackers get away with murder. I worked for FOUR PARTNERS while the girl next to me worked for one partner and one associate. Other secretaries didn't have half the workload that I did. I have no love for the office.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and do your job the way it's supposed to be done!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Do not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katten (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good associates to work with and learn from

    Cons

    High turnover at all associate levels, low morale due to regularly letting people go

    Advice to Management

    Do something to improve retention and reduce turnover.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "benefits"

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    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Katten full-time

    Pros

    comprehensive benefits for law firm; maternity/paternity leave, fMLA, short and long-term disability and decent health/eye care.

    Cons

    partners have to pay their own


  10. "Okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Springs, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Katten (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Leave you to do your job - not micromanaged

    Cons

    Different rules applied to different employees - a lot of staff set their own hours and come and go when they want without any reprecussions

    Advice to Management

    Consistency in policies and procedures. Too big a place to not put things like that into effect.


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