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Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated Sep 10, 2019

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3.3
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Shook Hardy & Bacon CEO John F. Murphy (no image)
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31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible schedule and good benefits(in 6 reviews)

  • "This is a great place to work, with great people and opportunities(in 6 reviews)

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

  • "Communication lacks at time, parking garage expensive and street parking limited(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Attorney 

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and geat coworkers

    Cons

    The case teams are very large

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-09-11
  2. "Boutique litigation law firm"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reputation as being a top drawer litigation firm representing large civil cases. Management provides ongoing education. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, more backup needed.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-07-17
  3. "Great atmosphere for the most part. Has become too top heavy."

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    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are comparable.

    Cons

    Hard to find work life balance at times.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-04-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Law firm with a midwestern culture..best to stay out of the cliques rather than be a part of it"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Resources are at your finger tips if you’re resourceful

    Cons

    Health benefits are a joke you might as well pay for your own

    Advice to Management

    Be neutral rather than playing favorites

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-03-29
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Profits over people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    • employee development • advancement possibilities • steady work • attempts transparency

    Cons

    • lack of awareness/concern about life outside of Kansas City • D&I sole focus, and more about diversity than inclusion • salaries not competitive with local markets • small raises • tolerates bullying

    Advice to Management

    Value people over profits. Staff knows they are expendable.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-02-19
  6. "City Office Employee"

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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people. Flexible hours. Good support.

    Cons

    Poor health benefits. Small raises.

    Advice to Management

    Working at city office is great but the main office has no clue the cost of living in San Francisco!

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-02-13
  7. 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
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Partner Profits over People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The firm invests in considerable software and hardware upgrades.

    Cons

    - HR and upper/middle management enable bullies - Salaries well below average for market - No opportunity for advancement - The firm does not invest in employees. Employee appreciation efforts are underwhelming. - Benefits are so-so. Much of the cost burden falls on employees. - The firm invests so heavily on diversity but needs to put focus on mutual respect amongst all than meeting numbers. - Training... opportunities are non-existent - No quality of life.

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    Advice to Management

    If you want the firm to survive, focus more on professional staff and Associate Attorney development and less on Partners’ profits.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2019-02-18
  9. "Good firm if you work for the right people"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great work. Work life balance is possible if you work for the right people.

    Cons

    Not much sense of community or coworker support. The firm is becoming more "corporate" and losing its close-knit feel.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-10-21
  10. 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 place.

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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
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