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3.6
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91%
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C. Matthew Keen
38 Ratings
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  • "No work-life balance, very hands-off upper management(in 6 reviews)

  • "Crazy workload but it's a law firm so it's expected(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best I’ve worked for"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I didn’t know much about OgleTree Deakins but now I am really happy I took the offer for this job. One of the best decisions I made. The hours coordinate with my life outside of work and I’m out of the office no later than 5:30. Pay is very great for most of the positions the company offers. Always having some celebration in the office, so there’s always snacks and food to enjoy throughout the day. Food trucks on site...

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    Cons

    High workload during CAP season

    Advice to Management

    I love everything about this company especially the diversity. Keep up the great work.

  2. "So far so good"

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    Current Employee - Immigration 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, lots of willingness to help, patient coworkers, decent training process.

    Cons

    I do wish we received more feedback throughout the year about performance. I have yet to have a review but I do fear I’ll hear criticism that is news to me. Would love constructive feedback so I can be proactive about improving all throughout the year and not just annually!

    Advice to Management

    Maybe just a bit more communication regarding feedback and suggestions for how to improve.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great way to learn about legal industry.

    Cons

    Recent changes in management has led to severe micro management. If this style doesn’t work for you, look else where. It’s easy to move to other departments which is great, but if you try to get any kind of promotion within your department you better be good friends with help desk manager. There is absolutely NO open door policy here. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR JOB, keep your mouth shut. I’m pretty sure McDonalds gives...

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    Advice to Management

    Recognize that some people who ruffle feathers are good for corporate environment. People who challenge current methods and processes often lead to more efficient handling of processes.

  4. "ODNSS in Columbia, SC"

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    Former Employee - Immigration Paralegal in Decatur, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Attorneys excellent, in general treat staff quite well. Nice office location. Monthly birthday cake. Excellent technology systems and very good integration between them. Great people, very friendly and helpful. Good benefits - PTO separate from sick leave.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between attorneys meant that I had 50 cap cases one spring which was impossible to manage. The immigration department underwent significant growth in the 3 1/2 years I was there; I trained everyone nearly everyone who came after me and assisted every attorney when there was a crunch. This was not recognized by either the attorneys or management to any significant degree. Management preaches career...

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    Advice to Management

    Move into the 21st century when hiring and evaluating employees. Take your immigration practice seriously. Address meagre compensation (yes, I know, Columbia is a small city and cost of living is lower. Still).

  5. Helpful (1)

    "I love it here!"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Teamwork excels in the Indianapolis Office, if you have a question, there is always multiple people available and willing to help. Having IT on site to troubleshoot any issues is a plus. The "open door" policy is truly that, nor is it intimidating to approach any attorney or shareholder.

    Cons

    When I was hired, there was some loopholes in the onboarding process but with the current administration I see these are being closed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent flow of communication with your staff.

  6. "Set up to fail"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

      Pros

      Some nice support staff. Free sodas, teas, and coffees.

      Cons

      This is the worst job I've ever had. Hands down. There is no training to speak of. I did not even know who I was reporting to the first week. People are leaving the office left and right. Some of the attorneys are the most unfriendly people I've ever encountered. Won't even look at you when you say hello or good morning. Case load is unmanageable from the start. You can not give someone who is brand new to the field over...

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      Advice to Management

      Look for the attorneys with constant turnover. Start there.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Paralegal"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time

        Pros

        Great place to work and very friendly office.

        Cons

        I can think of no cons.

      • "Practice Assistant"

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        Current Employee - Practice Assistant in Houston, TX
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        New OA is much more flexible than previous OA when it comes to allowing employees to make up missed time.

        Cons

        Corporate unfortunately gets in the way.

        Advice to Management

        Give your staff better perks and better raises.

      • Helpful (3)

        "Great First Impressions"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. for more than a year

        Pros

        Friendly staff Great location Amazing training and support Fantastic resources for staff and clients

        Cons

        So far, no cons that I have experienced

        Advice to Management

        Keep up the great work!

      • Helpful (7)

        "Needs Improvement-Raleigh Office"

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

        I worked at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. full-time

        Pros

        Learning about the complex world of immigration Free bagels on Friday Benefits (PTO is separate from sick days, health insurance, and time off around holidays) Some awesome coworkers depending on your teammates I guess the monthly birthday cake and ice cream can count as a pro

        Cons

        The environment is toxic and tense. Some of the attorneys come across to their staff as bullies and could care less about their feelings. There are a very small handful of attorneys who actually care about their job and are open to answering questions while some if not most hide behind their doors all day. The workload can be stressful and too demanding due to some of the requests from clients. No type of flexibility...

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        Advice to Management

        This office is in desperate need of a morale boost. The turnover will continue if you don’t make any changes and try to retain your more tenured employees. After surviving through an intense peak season aka CAP season, give your employees a day off or let them work half a day and leave at noon. They have worked hard and been put under a lot of stress for the month and a break is well-deserved. Show them that you actually...

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