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Updated February 16, 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 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits are probably the best pro (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little to no room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work pretty long hours (in 8 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Highly motivated/ talented lawyers and staff

    Cons

    Work hours vary greatly within week

  3. "Mediocre to the core and then some."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits are probably the best pro.

    Cons

    Poor employee treatment. Company-wide staff are very much looked down upon.


  4. "Mediocre place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, offices around the world.

    Cons

    Everyone working against one another, lack of organization and cohesion.


  5. "Benefits good, Compensation bad"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generous benefits and PTO package

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees their worth


  6. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not great work and over leveraged/often not market bonuses.


  7. "Large not sophisticated"

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

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Large firm compensation and size.

    Cons

    Senior Associates are the first to throw you under the bus. They don't take any accountability for mistakes they make, instead they blame Associates.

  8. "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collegiality, cooperation, good benefits, friendly atmosphere and wonderful people.

    Cons

    The staff doesn't get the same amount of paid time off as attorneys for maternity leave.

    Advice to Management

    Provide staff with similar maternity leave. benefits. Reach out to your employees for ideas on innovation and ways to be more efficient.


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People I work with tend to be very professional and collegial. Work is reasonably interesting.

    Cons

    The office itself generally is not all that warm and friendly, as a lot of people keep to themselves. Numerous people on my floor who I have never really met.


  10. "Partner"

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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

    Smart nice lawyers and staff!!

    Cons

    Need more staff to help

    Advice to Management

    Keep up support for diverse practices


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