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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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Reed Smith Global Managing Partner Alexander Y. Thomas
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Pros
  • "Great people; a bit more work life balance than other firms" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Good Benefits for the most part" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Be prepared to work pretty long hours" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Chief Human Resources officer is incompetent" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Legal Secetary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great staff, management and culture.

    Cons

    There are no cons to mention.


  2. "Great culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful culture; lots of great benefits. They take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Their budgeting methods are strange in that although something is approved and makes it as a line item, funds may be reallocated into other projects.

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    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Promotion of work-life balance

    Cons

    Poor leadership among senior level staff
    Heavy bureaucracy


  4. "Ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits for the most part

    Cons

    Sometimes there are unrealistic hours


  5. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, very professional, solid teamwork (varies from team to team)

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement for staff. Poor raises, bonuses, perks. Healthcare is quite expensive on staff salary.


  6. "Best law firm in Pittsburgh, hands down"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent associate culture, and opportunity to work with the sharpest corporate attorneys in the country. If you make the grade, it is the perfect place to learn your craft. Paternity leave is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Long hours, blah blah blah. It is a law firm, so it is what it is. If anything, I think Reed Smith perhaps overdoes the corporate culture a bit.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend returning to lockstep promotion from junior to mid-level. Also, focus less on the warm and fuzzy corporate culture, and put those resources into further improving work comfort for attorneys.


  7. "Decent Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, enterprise level solutions, some work from home flexibility.

    Cons

    Lacking clear direction and low/no bonus options. Healthcare premiums were prohibitively expensive, 2-4x the cost of other firms in the immediate area.

  8. "Former Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, excellent work, collegial environment

    Cons

    Performance rating very much based on quantitative statistics, qualitative aspects of the individual lawyer don't carry much weight

    Advice to Management

    Emphasis on quantitative statistics is often on performance metrics that the attorney has little control over. That should be recognized in the evaluative process


  9. "Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    CLE and trainig program is amazing.

    Cons

    Diversity is lacking, need more minorities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding national and international law firm with wide ranging practice.

    Cons

    Too quick to downsize and implement RIF in a down economy.


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