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Polsinelli Shughart Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Still operates like a medium-small sized Kansas City firm despite recent national growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Too many "chiefs" and not enough people to do the actual work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Am Law 100 Law Firm"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Partner in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many really smart attorneys who work at Polsinelli and the work is interesting and challenging

    Cons

    Over the past 5 years the law firm has become a corporation. Like any big company there are plenty of politics at all levels


  2. "Can take it or leave it."

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

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some great coworkers, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, everything is based on Kansas City, KC tends to micromanage everything , no clear sense of direction, often told two different things, management involves staff in things they shouldn't be involved in, low growth opportunity, low bonuses.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and interesting work. Growing firm. If you’re an attorney, road to partner is short. Co-workers are nice & helpful for the most part.

    Cons

    Too disorganized; Kansas City tries to micro manage everything right down to office supplies. Too difficult to get anything other than “ordinary” supplies. Management is not open to new ideas - it’s their way or the highway. Only way for staff to get ahead is to be in Kansas City

    Advice to Management

    Be open to different ways of managing resources and people. There’s more than one way to do things and your way is always the best way. Listen to the people actually doing the work. Don’t make it so hard for those people to get the work done.


  4. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and worked with intelligent people.

    Cons

    Not many. Varying and numerous levels make it difficult to advance.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  5. "Could go either way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generous benefits, some very high quality lawyers

    Cons

    Overly focused on headcount and short term gain. Staff are underpaid.


  6. "Awesome Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere and people understand you have a life outside of the firm.

    Cons

    Got to find a good mentor early on to jump start your career


  7. "My experiences"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time

    Pros

    Good feedback from management on job performance.

    Cons

    No downsides that are unique to this firm.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the PTO is very generous. Health insurance is good if you are single, but the costs is too high if you are married or have kids.

    Cons

    Do what it take to make shareholders happy, it doesn't matter if you follow best practice.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to suggestions and value each and every employees even if they are not an attorneys.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not quite there"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices, decent opportunities for marketing. Plenty of nice people. Relatively relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Obsessed with headcount, expanding too fast - mainly through acquisitions. Too much attorney turnover (especially as acquired attorneys leave). Bad infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a brand through quality service, not through increasing headcount and buying ads at attorney events.


  10. "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Polsinelli Shughart full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and pretty office

    Cons

    office environment, attorneys, management, staff


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