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Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2019

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Found 71 reviews

3.2
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53%
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73%
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John F. Murphy
30 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. "SHB"

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    Former Employee - Document Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Very professional with all the clients and employees. Great place to work!

    Cons

    There is no significant downside to the company.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-07-18
  2. "Great atmosphere for the most part. Has become too top heavy."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      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
    • 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
    • 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
    • "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
    • 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
    • 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...

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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
    • "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
    • 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
    • Helpful (1)

      "Laid Back"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

        I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time

        Pros

        Flexible schedule and good benefits

        Cons

        Too many politics, which translates into some very complacent employees

        Advice to Management

        Get rid of the dead weight employees

        Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-07-26
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