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Sheppard Mullin Reviews

Updated March 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Market associate pay, mostly nice people (I worked in the DC office) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • High stress in areas there simply shouldn't be (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great for driven, motivated attorneys"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for attorneys -- not a lot of hierarchy; you need to be a self-starter
     Beautiful offices

    Cons

    Support staff is not as robust as one would expect for a large firm

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better support


  2. "Decent Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    Good attorneys, family atmosphere, consistent hours.

    Cons

    Low pay, confusion with benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff with more respect.

  3. "Accounts Payable Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    Everyone at work are friendly.

    Cons

    No room for growth in this position.


  4. "Another big LA firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comparable salaries
    Diverse departments
    Large CA presence

    Cons

    Partners hoard work during slow times
    Associates don’t get enough meaningful work


  5. "BE WARE! D&C Dept is a horriable place to work"

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    Former Employee - DOKET CLERK in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - DOKET CLERK in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sheppard Mullin (More than a year)

    Pros

    location, salary, benefits, great compulaw training, the accounting department next to Docket on level E

    Cons

    The management of the department is lacking , the training is non existence. There no coordination within the department.

    Advice to Management

    clean house immediately


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sheppard Mullin full-time

    Pros

    Big firm and name recognition are pros

    Cons

    Non-associate attorneys are poorly compensated in relation to the unpredictable, sometimes long hours (basically paid paralegal salaries to do paralegal work on an attorney's - read, around the clock - schedule). Untenable deadlines with no guidance or training. Poor leadership. It is a shame a firm of this caliber would offer paralegal salaries to attorneys while expecting them to work the same schedule as partner-track associates/partners. Avoid at all costs - please save yourself the drudgery of doing administrative/clerical work in this kind of toxic atmosphere.

    - High stress
    - High turnover
    - Supervisor physically removed from office
    - Lack of training on time-sensitive projects that needed to be "perfect"; "training" given after the fact
    - Backstabbing by more senior associates

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking advantage of non-track attorneys and pay them their due compensation. Provide full training on the practice area in question.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Atmosphere Likely Worth Avoiding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can avoid some groups, you can have a good experience
    Monthly catered gatherings
    There are still a few genuine human beings there who value people over image or pride
    Work/Life balance is decent in most departments

    Cons

    Benefits are below average
    Prevalence of cliques, toxicity (all the way up to even some in HR), bullying
    Highly disorganized
    High turn-over
    High stress in areas there simply shouldn't be
    Terrible management
    Extremely cheap in ways I've never seen

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable. Implement a review process that allows staff to submit informal but thoughtful and constructive comments about their managers regularly. Staff need a neutral, objective, and protected outlet to address budding issues. A manager is supposed to help their team do their jobs well, not add to the confusion and chaos and go unchecked. The reviews should be a regularly solicited opportunity in addition to the typical “open door” policy. A formal process can foster integrity at all levels, facilitating honest growth and in turn respect and better collaboration and teamwork.

    Much of the turn-over, the resources spent on training over and over while already understaffed, and the ongoing loss of energy and focus due to the unnecessary level of stress, can be avoided if managers aren't untouchable so long as they aren't blatantly violating or aggressing in some obvious way. All of this contends with trying to effectively handle sensitive client work.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Reactive, not proactive"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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