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Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment, great people to work for and with (in 5 reviews)

  • Diverse, work-life balance, good location (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of adequate communication from management and attorneys to support staff (in 3 reviews)

  • Most of the attorneys treat you poorly (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "Litigation Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Ugh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal administrative assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Document Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SHB is a great place to be and to gain a lot of experience. There are some great people in the records department.

    Cons

    SHB does not pay well, and will work employees on all levels to death without compensating them. If you are not an attorney you do not feel as important. Many of the partners are not friendly and treat professional staff like "the help". If you are a lower level employee expect to do paralegal or higher level work of which you will not be compensated for. There are many privileged behaving people walking those halls!

    Advice to Management

    Improve work relations between lawyers and professional staff. Revisit the average pay of your employees compared to the job they perform.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "E-Billing Specialists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ebilling Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Ebilling Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are lots of perks: 3 wks vacation at start, Parking reimbursing, transportation allowances, moral boosting.

    Cons

    Not consistent regarding management policies.

    Advice to Management

    Equality for the "little guys" goes a long way.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good co, good benefits good work environment

    Cons

    Graduate Paralegal with less than 3 years experience are turn down by the hateful hiring managers that group up on you

    Advice to Management

    Hiring management is awful


  11. "Accounts Payable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Downtown, temporary, will never go full time.



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