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Seyfarth Shaw Reviews

Updated February 4, 2019
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Pros
  • "Collegiality; Work life balance; Expectations" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Overall, its a great place to work, and an even better place to make a career" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor Working hours with poor work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Though holiday parties/ceremonial events are frequent they are the most awkward displays of human interaction on the planet" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    If you have a new or innovative ides, you will nearly always have the platform and encouragement to run with them.

    Cons

    This is a great place to learn the practice of law.


  2. "Good people, fast pace."

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

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    Great downtown office location. Good benefits, nice team work.

    Cons

    Fast paced work, some long hours.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Management"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will receive decent pay starting with the promise of room for growth in the firm especially for those aspiring to pursue law careers. The firm is very large and globally known successful.

    Cons

    They made it very clear that being an Administrative Assistant was a bottom of the barrel type of role through their interactions and behaviors. Office management and HR use the role as a scapegoat to hide individual deficiencies and flaws while finding someone to place blame on when things go wrong. There is no way to properly train someone for this role. Even those who feel they can handle the role generally leave within a few months or apply for another job in the firm as soon as they can to avoid having office management and HR as a direct boss. The women in the office management/HR positions are very toxic and working with them will both drain your energy and cause you to develop feelings of anxiety and overall anguish. Also, there are speculations of discriminatory behaviors at this office which should be a red flag.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about your expectations for the role from the very beginning. Stop treating your admins like mind readers. Stop using them as scapegoats. Admit your own faults when errors occur. Stop wasting the time of those who genuinely want to do a good job.


  4. "Decent Company - Not Very Progressive"

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

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    Large, corporate atmosphere, kind co-workers who are willing to help, annual (small) salary increase, once you clock out, you're done.

    Cons

    Old school mentality, clock-in/clock-out time sheets, not a lot of time off offered unless you've been there many, many years. Not a ton of flexibility as far as time-off.

    Advice to Management

    Give the option to work from home here and there, give a more time off.


  5. "Salary Mid Market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    Great office space and building perks.

    Cons

    For the amount of attorneys, salary is under market for Chicago firms.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Immigration Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Immigration Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job was challenging and fast paced. My boss was dynamic, fun, and supportive! Lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Office dynamics were sometimes difficult to navigate.


  7. "Practice Devlopment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work and great team collaboration

    Cons

    office environment / culture isn't great

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Conflicts Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    The people make the experience.

    Cons

    There is limited potential for promotions and raises. The new office at Sears tower is horrible. Conference rooms go unused and employees don't even get a wing span worth of space.


  9. "Support Analyst"

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

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of flexibility and company outings. Challenging, not tied down to just the job at hand, if you are ambitious you will shine.

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility when it comes to advancement. Had to move companies to advance my career. Sorry I had to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better career path.


  10. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seyfarth Shaw full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people from partners to mail room.

    Cons

    Some sore thumb employees, like anywhere else. I wasn't to happy with HR.

    Advice to Management

    Give more latitude to paralegals, they are part of legal not staff.