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Shearman & Sterling Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Shearman & Sterling Global Managing Partner David Beveridge
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Pros
  • Great place to work, good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Technology is first rate, more advanced than any law firm I've worked for (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours can sometimes leave you only the weekends to enjoy life (in 16 reviews)

  • Unreasonable client demands and tough work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get great opportunity if you work right.

    Cons

    You gotta be tough because of the type of business.


  2. "s&s"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work and great city to live in

    Cons

    Long and tedious hours. Unreasonable client demands and tough work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Address the above as best one can

  3. "Good environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There were weekly knowledge development sessions in my department. There were also plenty of in-house training conducted by external parties that helped with fulfilling CLE requirements.

    Cons

    The hours were long when engaged on live transactions.

    Advice to Management

    Seniors and partners should give on the job training to associates. Seniors especially should put the junior ones through.


  4. "Head"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Knowledge sharing culture. Professional development opportunities. Work life balance. Innovative.

    Cons

    Organizational structure and communication gaps.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Keeps getting worse"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am finally out. Otherwise, very hard for me to think of one.

    Cons

    Reputation has fallen rapidly and significantly. But partners egos have not. With recent deequitization, things will only get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat. Finds ways to attract, motivate and retain top talent at all levels.


  6. "Reasonable Environment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Morale lower since move to new space. Issues with changed administration.

    Advice to Management

    Support the staff


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tough environment to work in as a non-lawyer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Financial Reporting & Budgeting Analyst in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Reporting & Budgeting Analyst in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The workday starts at 9:30 and ends at 5:30 (officially). Company has an office in Melville, so saves a trip into the City.

    Cons

    Management does not value its employees. The company operates on a cash basis, which makes closing the books at year-end hecticly nerve-racking.

  8. "Administrative Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, people are great

    Cons

    Management needs to respect employees better, work life balance is a joke


  9. Helpful (2)

    "You Decide"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Jackson Heights, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people band together to help each other out. Met many good people from the Mailroom to the Top Lawyer throughout the years, most of whom are nice to work with.

    Cons

    No consideration for some of their most loyal employees.

    Advice to Management

    When an employee is shown that they are appreciated, they will do whatever it takes to get the job done. You should learn to appreciate your employees who have shown their loyalty to you throughout the years.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mismanaged and Outclassed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Located in New York City
    -Senior lawyers (and I mean the old guard) are very good
    -Now solicit upward feedback

    Cons

    The office itself is a disgusting mess, old and worn, with decades-old furniture (and an awful, teeny tiny cafeteria buried in the bowels of the building)

    Management seems to shoot from the hip, hiring and firing on a whim without regard for the long-term repercussions and without strategic thought as to the direction of the markets

    The firm is siloed like none I have ever seen. If you are in the X department, expect not to know or see anyone from any other department except for those few that you might interact with out of necessity (e.g., the specialists)

    The firm has lost its brand cachet, though they don't
    seem to acknowledge that fact

    There is a complete lack of cohesiveness to the firm, from the aforementioned siloed model to a lack of firmwide social events. Oh, and everyone keeps their door closed.


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