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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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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)

  • Collegiality, cooperation, good benefits, friendly atmosphere and wonderful people (in 12 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. "Benefits good, Compensation bad"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Entry Level Role at RS"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    good manager and good benefits

    Cons

    not a great peer network

  8. "You will always have wet socks, but never from stepping in the same puddle..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are decent and I enjoy my co-workers. I like my actual job, just not the way in which my department is run.

    Cons

    The compensation is not good. The culture/value system applies towards client facing attorneys, not staff.


  9. "Too many partners"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many resources, good benefits and hours aren't brutal for a big firm. If you're able to align yourself with a partner or two that actually bring in clients you'll be happy.

    Cons

    Too many equity partners that don't bring in much work. This has a domino effect on entire practice groups in which the partners are billing for associate work, associates are billing for paralegal work and paralegals billing for administrative tasks. Pay is well below market for everyone except first and second year associates. Chief Human Resources officer is incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding.


  10. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Extremely cheap with salary and bonuses; lack of opportunity for upward mobility at the firm

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to retain better talent and not have so much turnover


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