Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated Feb 10, 2021

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  • "SHB is a big place, can be a bit impersonal, with an ever increasing focus on the bottom line(in 4 reviews)

  • "Firm advertises itself as a value law firm(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great law firm culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Proposal Writer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Law firm that is growing nationally and globally; financially secure; great opportunities for career growth; commitment to diversity.

    Cons

    Extremely corporate; experience can vary by manager

  2. "Solid Commitment to Diversity"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While individual experiences may vary, there is a strong overall commitment to diversity initiatives that provide great opportunities for new and lateral diverse candidates.

    Cons

    Litigation-centered practice with limited opportunities for non-litigation roles.


  3. "Great Firm"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Analyst 

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

    Pros

    Great people and experience, in a family-like atmosphere.

    Cons

    The size of the firm can make you feel insignificant.

  4. "Good Firm But Inconsistent Management"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, (mostly) collegial atmosphere, great office space, professional freedom, decent pay

    Cons

    All offices are managed differently, support staff can be spotty based on how the work is divided, workload varies widely, certain members of management are not inclined to actually manage, easy to fall through the cracks if not partner track

  5. "NA"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Attorney in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work early on

    Cons

    Compensation and hours. Bonuses are terrible.

  6. "Enrtry Level IT experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good PTO, Great end user community

    Cons

    Multiple PBX platforms to support

  7. "Okay company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great vacation and pay. Friendly people.

    Cons

    They micro manage you. A little to much.

  8. "Hit or Miss on a Daily Basis"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - LAA in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some very kind and understanding associates and partners to work for. Monthly birthdays and great holiday events.

    Cons

    Management is very out of the loop and tends to deflect responsibility for loss of communication.

  9. "Good People, But Sometimes Low Morale"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sound Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

    Pros

    The people at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon are, for the most part, fantastic to work with. They are friendly, helpful, and generally create a good work environment. There are definite perks you get when working with the company as well, and plenty of staff appreciation events.

    Cons

    The health insurance plan could be better, for one. The bigger concern, however, comes in the way that some of the professional (non-attorney) staff are considered. You often get the idea that someone is looking to consolidate your position regardless of whether you do your job well or not, and that creates a lot of stress for employees. There is a sense that they both need to be more busy and yet more available to help, and it can feel a bit suffocating. Similar catch-22 situations can arise in those working closer to attorneys as well. By all means, it never seems like it is targeted toward an individual specifically, and there are several staff appreciation events, but it is the sense that, despite doing your job well, your position is still seen as extraneous that really kills employee morale.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Job Salary for my position"

    1.0
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some things are considered Pro

    Cons

    A lot is considered non-Pro

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