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Shearman & Sterling Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2019

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Found 102 reviews

3.3
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58%
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68%
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Shearman & Sterling CEO David Beveridge
David Beveridge
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "They ensure that work/life balance is met and respected(in 5 reviews)

  • "Met many good people from the Mailroom to the Top Lawyer throughout the years, most of whom are nice to work with(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours; relatively opaque path to partnership; very stuffy(in 18 reviews)

  • "The deals are big profile but it comes at the cost of high standards and high hours- the work life balance is not there(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "great place"

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      Former Employee - Attornye 

      I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      very smart colleagues; interesting work

      Cons

      I have no issues with the firm.

      Shearman & Sterling2019-04-29
    • "Drama"

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      Former Employee - Legal Assistant 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Fast paced and a lot of room to learn.

      Cons

      Partners are disrespectful and rude. No empathy. Hours are long and grueling.

      Shearman & Sterling2019-06-06
    • "Poor Management"

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      Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Bonus, decent raises, friendly coworkers.

      Cons

      Bad management. Most of management does not support the staff. Bullying. Some management has no business being in their position.

      Advice to Management

      See above.

      Shearman & Sterling2019-05-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "Good company for a stable career"

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      Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Most of the technology management staff are good people that understand the importance of work-life balance and do their best to you accommodate people in their given roles. Obviously, some rolls are easier 2 flex than others. Being such a small group, if you are good at your job and don't make any major mistakes you can have a long career here

      Cons

      No upward mobility in Tech. why you can't have a long career chances of making a title promotion and receiving a notable bump our very limited. Generally your boss would have to leave for you to have a chance to get the next level up. So are you can stay here long-term the roughly 3% merit increase annually is all you would count on aside from a potential bonus.

      Shearman & Sterling2019-02-18
    • Helpful (4)

      "Associate Review"

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      Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The friends made who were on the same ship of misery as I was.

      Cons

      By far the worst big law firm that I ever worked at. The pay is far less than the market rate, the support staff seems worn down after probably being abused and left in fear for years, and the partners are as selfish and maniacal as one would expect from Big Law. Do not trust anyone at Shearman. It's a cut throat environment where they'll pull the rug out from underneath you at anytime. Each practice area has a ridiculously...

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      Advice to Management

      You're an embarrassment and disgrace to the practice of law.

      Shearman & Sterling2019-02-02
    • "Staff"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time

      Pros

      Great Firm, Great People, Great Culture, Good time

      Cons

      Lack of room for growth

      Shearman & Sterling2018-08-07
    • "IT analyst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time

      Pros

      Good place to work. Nice Co-workers

      Cons

      no downsides at this company

      Shearman & Sterling2018-08-17
    • Helpful (1)

      "Attorney"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

        I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Very collegial, very smart and nice people, down to earth

        Cons

        Limited diversity, a bit old-fashioned

        Shearman & Sterling2018-05-21
      • Helpful (1)

        "Corporate Attorney"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time

          Pros

          Interesting work, great network and culture. People and clients are international and wall street journal front page deals.

          Cons

          High stress and high hours. The deals are big profile but it comes at the cost of high standards and high hours- the work life balance is not there.

          Advice to Management

          Have a better eye to work life balance and to understanding how to compete with the lifestyle area of other firms/companies

          Shearman & Sterling2018-04-11
        • Helpful (1)

          "Great work place"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time

          Pros

          Pay is good and unlimited sick is offered for salaried employees

          Cons

          Hard to move up or into different departs. No room for growth for business associates

          Advice to Management

          Offer training and a pathway to growth

          Shearman & Sterling2018-02-26
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