Sheppard Mullin Reviews | Glassdoor

Sheppard Mullin Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
41 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Guy N. Halgren
24 Ratings

41 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Good firm"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.

  3. "Stale"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Just no"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Going downhill"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "You Could Not Ask For More"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. "Great firm"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin part-time

    Pros

    Great Work Environment and Attorneys

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  9. "Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work, diverse culture, excellent mentors

    Cons

    Very long hours for the first three years, steep learning curve, mundane tasks for the beginning associate.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge new employees early and often to identify those who can excell at more advanced work to prevent burn out


  10. "Decent place to work as far as law firms go"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    Market associate pay, mostly nice people (I worked in the DC office)

    Cons

    Some growing pains as the DC office tries to decide what type of workplace it wants to be (a sweatshop like the biggest firms in the city, or willing to do what it takes to maintain the more humane vibe of smaller / lesser known firms). As in any workplace, there were some very high quality people, and some complete bozos.

    Advice to Management

    Be true to who you are as a firm; stop following the big names in the city, and start thinking of innovative ways to keep your best associates. (Hint: Get rid of the billable hour as your metric. Billable hours are out of your associates' control, cause a poor quality of life, and ultimately result in you losing your best people. Yes, it's a crazy concept, but if you do it, you will be an industry leader who retains the best talent. Oh, and you'll also be better at attracting and retaining women and diverse candidates.)


Showing 41 of 42 reviews
Reset Filters