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Sheppard Mullin Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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  1. "Fun Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not your typical staunchy Law Firm. There is a very pleasant and fun atmosphere here. Everyone is very friendly.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Reactive, not proactive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good office location, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork and a very prevalent “not my problem” kind of attitude. A real “every man for himself” kind of environment. I like to work hard and stay busy throughout the day, but it’s hard to stay motivated when people constantly do their jobs incorrectly and expect others to pick up the slack. Very few ideas on how to improve efficiency and streamline things. It’s pretty obvious that a lot of people there don’t want to work for a living.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more proactive and anticipate issues/problems instead of letting them happen so that your staff can deal with them. Also, not good to constantly complain to staff when they work very hard.

  3. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They throw good parties and raffles for cool prizes .

    Cons

    High stress, not innovative, extremely conservative ,no mobility for staff

    Advice to Management

    Fire the dead weight


  4. "Used to be a great place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in the office are great - staff and associates.

    Cons

    Training is lacking for new incoming associates. Also, there is a clear change in firm culture within the past two years - much greater focus on hours.


  5. "Stale"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great health care benefits, great location

    Cons

    Stale, old-style mentality, no remote work available.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Just no"

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Almost impossible to get fired

    Cons

    Everything else. Benefits are a joke. Associates are miserable. Partners are clueless and self absorbed. Staff is uncooperative.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice because the problems are pretty much endemic. People are convinced the benefits are good here, they aren't even market. Staff just sits in their chairs until they stroke out. It is really sad. I have had things thrown at me, more than once, and never because of something I did. Not that there is any excuse for throwing something at and making them fear for their safety, but usually it was something out of anyone's control that went wrong, or i had to tell an associate they messed up. It was a very abusive environment. I am sad I wasted so many years being miserable here. To be fair, I think most large law firms are miserable places, but I have never been treated so incredibly poorly for working so hard and been given such pathetic "raises". Now that I have been away for a bit and have some clarity and worked in a normal environment I really feel awful for the people working there who have grown accustomed to the abuse. And God help you if you get sick with a serious illness. You have 10 weeks and if you have cancer and are having chemo, get ready to come to work anyway. They will fire you and cut off benefits if you aren't back to work by the deadline, sick or not. There is no concept of long term disability. But if you are an associate who has a baby you can take 6 months off. I guess it wouldn't be right to make a precious associate have to look at a dirty subhuman staff member with cancer. Yet people really believe the benefits are good? I can't explain it. You haven't really known how to hate your job until you hear a coworker sobbing while being screamed at for taking off so much time for chemo treatments when "ugh, it's been three months aleady!" I would live in a box before I ever came back here.


  7. "Good firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    people leave at normal hours, good office

    Cons

    can be very political at times

  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great community. Everyone is eager to make sure your training and general transition into the firm is seamless. Decent benefits and above-average compensation.

    Cons

    Will update once I have been employed longer, but if I had to say one thing, I would say that employees could use more vacation days.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing negative to say towards management. The supervisors and office managers are easy to work with and always strive to capitalize on the strengths and interests of each employee.


  9. "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are great benefits here.

    Cons

    The way this place is run -- I've never seen anything like it -- just terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Need new office administrator for sure.


  10. "You Could Not Ask For More"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture in the San Francisco office is very warm and supportive.

    Cons

    There really aren't any downsides.


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