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Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • This is a great place to work, with great people and opportunities (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work environment, great people to work for and with (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "company review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

    Pros

    They have great benefits and higher than average salaries.

    Cons

    If you have a strong work ethic, it is not the place to be. Too much mediocrity and rewarding of that mediocrity by management.

    Advice to Management

    Take more care to identify your hard-working and most valuable employees based on their investment and concern for the firm and do everything you can to reward them and empower them, as well as open more career opportunities for them. You could be even more profitable if you took more interest in who was actually working and who was just logging time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work"

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

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation that you are not allowed to take?

    Cons

    This place was once great, now awful. Morals are gone. It is the opposite of what you thought working hard and caring about your job means. Those that cannot rule because they have been promoted to get them out of the way. Those that made the place what it once was were thrown out the door. Very dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    Is there a management?

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Support staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice bright offices and some sincere folks you get to meet.

    Cons

    This company has no respect for its employees. Not surprisingly, they work their staff like mules and treat them like such. If you like to kiss some major "rear-end", then this is the place for you, that right there may get you somewhere. Otherwise if management doesn't like you, they will make your life miserable.
    They break the law often when it comes to FMLA. No wonder former employees have filed several lawsuits. Be aware.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing your budget into something more useful like training HR about FMLA instead of using it on your expensive happy hours and "retreats" for attorneys. The horror stories they tell about the drunken days and nights are scary.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not as good as it looks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice office facilities
    co-workers are great people

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    Little recognition
    Little reward


  5. "partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    excellent place to work

    Cons

    no cons that I can think of


  6. "Litigation Attorney"

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

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I'd leave if it weren't for the people I work with"

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    Current Employee - Non Attorney
    Current Employee - Non Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people you will ever meet work here. I love some of the unique firm resources and job flexibility.

    Cons

    Pay. SHB doesn't seem to do effective market research. Law firms in high tech centers usually pay more with better benefits. Strange division of labor at the staff level. Don't ask too many questions about benefits, you'll get shot down.

    Advice to Management

    Admin Assistants and Paralegals are doing billable work that could be passed on to clients. Your staff is a missed profit opportunity. Give me a job description that actually describes what I do. Supervisors are clueless if you work outside of litigation. The levels of approval required for EVERYTHING are counterproductive to completing billable work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your department"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training is great, benefits are good and year end bonuses were decent.

    Cons

    Staffing issues at times. Workload or work product do not always reflect in raises as HR cannot possibly know what all staff is handling when the company is so large.

    Advice to Management

    I would put more weight on reviews from direct staff work rather than HR file. Become more in tough with the needs of each department rather than overall firm and robot like actions as a whole.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Ugh."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I'm not working there anymore.

    Cons

    Odd, twilight-zone vibe to the entire place - as if everyone is on a Bahamas vacation (i.e., "oh no, I'll hold the door for you! You go first." "Oh no, you--."
    Kinex Inc. and Legos could not create a product to erect any sort of viable, sturdy moral backbone for any of Satan's minions who are employed here.

    Advice to Management

    You need Jesus.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Legal administrative assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profit sharing, good benefits, nice people, minus a few bad apples.

    Cons

    HR does not respect employees' privacy.

    Advice to Management

    Give better raises to the good employees so they stick around and get rid of the bad apples.


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