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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated October 22, 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 14 reviews)

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

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

  • "Mandatory Work Life Balance could be improved as it is fast paced and demanding even after hours" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Voted Crains 2017/2018 NYC Best Places to Work two years in a row!

    Cons

    Mandatory Work Life Balance could be improved as it is fast paced and demanding even after hours.

    Advice to Management

    More meaningful engagement of all personnel as we want the firm to succeed as well.


  2. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary, Benefits, Staff and Training

    Cons

    I found the culture to be way too snobby

  3. "Clerk"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Good people, fair work life balance

    Cons

    No vertical movement for non-attorneys. Little perks or respect for non-attorneys.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Staff Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee and tea. The kitchenette is clean.

    Cons

    Cubicle environment. Interoffice communication by email with little human conversation. Generally unfriendly environment. They don't question why they do the things the way they do. Poor corporate decision making at lower levels; senior management is detached.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

  8. "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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "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.


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