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Shook Hardy & Bacon Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2019

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John F. Murphy
32 Ratings
  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. "A large law firm with a midwestern feel and culture."

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The attorneys are generally friendly individuals who work together collaboratively and without the big egos you might see at other firms.

    Cons

    The pay for non-partner attorneys might be less than one would expect from a firm of its size.

    Advice to Management

    Maintaining the culture is important and a key differentiating factor for attorneys to work here.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-07-17
  3. "Billing and Collection specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with. Nice office and location.

    Cons

    Not enough info to employees about company, just like to praise the attys.

    Advice to Management

    Your rank and file employees keep the business running. The partners should recognize that and put more effort into thanking them.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-06-06
  4. "Document Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and spacious office

    Cons

    Lack of unified team feel

    Advice to Management

    Have more group meetings and activities to foster relationships

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-06-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Litigation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    SHB has plenty of resources to help their employees do their job right.

    Cons

    It's hard to keep the work-life balanced with your personal life since there's so much work to do.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-04-10
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Was once a great place"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Wonderful group of attorneys to work with

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits; little chance for advancement on a staff level; great employees aren’t rewarded, yet subpar employees are allowed to perform at a much lower level without any regard and receive the same compensation as those who perform at a much higher level. Pretty much impossible to get fired from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rewarding your excellent employees with merit bonuses or incentives to cultivate an environment that encourages excellence. Get rid of the dead weight employees. Appreciate those who go above and beyond year after year without any recognition.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-03-02
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Large KC Law Firm: Decent Pay But NO Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Staff Professional in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Smart people. Nice, professional office space. Good location.

    Cons

    No management training; as a result, hit-or-miss with managers. Lots of change. New leadership = long-term uncertainty. Pay and benefits good, not great. LONG hours and relentless work pace. Lots of insider talk about the long-past family feel of the firm; focus solely on profits now. No longer a premier firm for those on the non-attorney side.

    Advice to Management

    Activate 365-degree evaluations; management isn't always out for the company's best interests. Do more to break down the silos: between departments/practices, between attorneys and professional staff; and within departments between managers and non-managers. PLEASE help provide more work-life balance!

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2018-03-05
  8. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Accounting in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon

    Pros

    Great people. Talented attorneys. Gray location.

    Cons

    Benefits are okay and have to pay for parking garage.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2017-11-02
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Growth Potential"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shook Hardy & Bacon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice benefits, very clean and organized

    Cons

    Sub-par training team, no opportunities for growth unless you are a 25 year old female.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking only toward youth for your future. Realize the benefits of giving people some path to promotion instead of constantly hammering in the "your lucky to have a job' mentality. Look at the educations, the paralegal certificates, the years and years of law firm service instead of nurturing only young females with almost no experience. Ageism is rampant.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2017-10-18
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Support staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

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    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.

    Shook Hardy & Bacon2017-06-02
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