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Shook Hardy & Bacon Attorney Reviews

Updated Feb 5, 2019

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John F. Murphy
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  1. "A large law firm with a midwestern feel and culture."

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The attorneys are generally friendly individuals who work together collaboratively and without the big egos you might see at other firms.

    Cons

    The pay for non-partner attorneys might be less than one would expect from a firm of its size.

    Advice to Management

    Maintaining the culture is important and a key differentiating factor for attorneys to work here.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-07-17
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Its biglaw."

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    Current Employee - Attorney 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, though below some comparable firms in the area. Good and engaging substantive work. Work life balance is possible, if you work for the right people. It's possible to get good practical experience at a young age.

    Cons

    Little socialization or sense of collegiality except during the summer when they put on a show for the summer associates. Little real mentoring, sink or swim, everyone is too busy to care. If you work for the wrong people, don't expect to be able to have a life. Bonuses are small and rating system is an opaque joke. Average biglaw firm.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-02-05
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional organization"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work. Nice building.

    Cons

    Has become very dysfunctional since management turned over to administration. People targeted and bullied out the door because of their age to reduce insurance costs despite excellent work. What is left is inexperienced with no guidance billing client's 5-fold for the same work one person did previously. Expect to be gossiped about and being pulled in being accused of something that you know nothing about. Very disturbing...

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    Advice to Management

    I don't think it can be repaired. Not like management (questionable term for this place) is going to undo the wrongs, and reputation is ruined.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-09-29
  4. "Litigation Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fabulous place to work. Great leadership, highly talented attorneys and other staff, genuinely good people.

    Cons

    SHB is a big place, can be a bit impersonal, with an ever increasing focus on the bottom line.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2017-02-01
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst job ever"

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon

    Pros

    The only benefit was more experience to put on my résumé.

    Cons

    You get no benefits if you aren't higher up staff. It costs $1,200 a year just to park at the firm. The pay is low in relation to experience & industry standards. Higher up attorneys will have staff do their work & then take credit for it with no dues to the actual author. There are not opportunities to advance & no future at this firm. The will hire cheap & use you until you quit. If you are staff or a temp you are treated...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect. Recognize employees' work & give credit where it's due. Advance the employees that put in the time & work. Stop the favoritism.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2015-02-26
  6. "Contract Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They offered a great opportunity in the beginning. They treated contract attorneys respectfully. It was clear that we were not permanent employees but we not required to bill time. That was less stressful.

    Cons

    As time went on, temps became second class citizens. The firm saw temps as an income source not as people. Experience was out weighed by lower paid newcomers. The word "temp" became a derogatory term among permanent employees.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to manage before promoting them. Temps deserve respect like any employee. It is possible to maintain a division between temporary employees without cutting into their morale.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2013-06-21
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