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Updated Jan 12, 2022

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3.4
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Shearman & Sterling Global Managing Partner David Beveridge
David Beveridge
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Shearman is an excellent training ground with excellent clients and sophisticated work(in 10 reviews)

  • "Good pay and training programme(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Like with any Big Law firm, long hours are just par for the course(in 34 reviews)

  • "The firm has a bad work / life balance(in 19 reviews)

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    It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great place to work

      Jun 25, 2021 - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great management, engaging and exciting work.

      Cons

      Demanding hours and intense deadlines

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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      Jun 12, 2021 - Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High quality staff and good management

      Cons

      Adversely impacted by pandemic resulting in job cuts

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great people, predictably long hours

      Jan 12, 2022 - Associate in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Personable staff and attorneys. Leader in compensation.

      Cons

      Long hours that are typical of Biglaw.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good firm, solid international reputation...can be rough hours

      Sep 27, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, talented lawyers, collegial atmosphere

      Cons

      Some old school partners stuck in their ways, long hours, nights/weekends/vacations interrupted

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Start As Associate

      Sep 10, 2021 - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Shearman is an excellent training ground with excellent clients and sophisticated work.

      Cons

      Long hours, work/life balance is skewed, and a bit of a grind.

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Interesting Work, but Poor Work-Life Balance

      Aug 29, 2021 - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Legal Assistants at Shearman are treated like Associates, so they are treated with a lot of respect and give substantive responsibilities. Excellent team to work with, everyone is friendly and respectful. Excellent training and growth opportunities. Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are at the forefront of the firm, at both worldwide and practice group levels.

      Cons

      Very poor work-life balance. 24/7 on-call nature. Expected to be reached anytime, even on vacation, weekends, or holidays. Substantial late-night and weekend work.

      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not the worst place to start out your legal career...

      Jul 13, 2021 - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people. Hard workers. Teams tend to be like little tight-knit families. Lots of very well-respected subject matter experts in the partnership.

      Cons

      Like with any Big Law firm, long hours are just par for the course. Can also be cut-throat depending on the practice you end up in.

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good

      Jul 14, 2021 - Associate in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Nice people to work with.

      Cons

      None that I can think of.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      The management could've done something

      Aug 23, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everything was ok before the pandemic happened.

      Cons

      When the pandemic happened, the company wasn't able to adjust quickly and a lot of us lost our jobs. I believed the management could've done something to save the employees from losing jobs if they'd only act fast and transitioned to work from home.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good atmosphere

      Sep 10, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are nice and friendly

      Cons

      Work life balance. Limited growth

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    Shearman & Sterling has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 184 reviews left anonymously by employees. 65% of employees would recommend working at Shearman & Sterling to a friend and 58% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Shearman & Sterling employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Shearman & Sterling. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

    65% of Shearman & Sterling employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Shearman & Sterling 2.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 3.6 for career opportunities.

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