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Los Angeles, CA

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Pros
  • Great benefits, tons of time off for support staff, and excellent starting salary (in 12 reviews)

  • Smart people, great personalities, high-profile work (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Can be long hours for months at a time which can be tough (in 37 reviews)

  • Very thin line between a work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Pay & Benefits/Toxic Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Vacation Time, 401K, Health/Dental/Vision

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, top heavy support department, adversarial relationship with management & HR, understaffed


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid at all costs if you have any self worth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any. There is no prestige in mismanagement, lack of sophistication and unlawful behavior of upper management, including the incredibly inept administrator, the managing partner (who has no clue about what goes on in his own office), the labor and employment partner (whose sole purpose is to sweep all illegal activity under the rug) and the belief that a little bit of money makes everything go away. The staff is treated like trash and is regarded as completely dispensible. And these are the "pros".

    Cons

    They profess to be a place of "equal opportunity" and conduct their annual trainings, but they prize mediocrity above all else. If you are looking for a place where you are treated horribly and any attempts to enjoy the work you do will be squashed akin to the poor bugs that are flattened against your windshield as you speed through the desert, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! It is no longer the 1990's. Keeping a vicious, incompetent administrator who has no clue about how to manage people or an office should be dismissed forthwith.

  3. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    cutting edge work and ability for training

    Cons

    brutal hours as to be expected in a firm like this


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    5 Weeks Vacation, 1 week sick time, 2 Floating Holidays, 7 hour work day. Benefits are comparable to most big firms. In house cafeteria. $125 for transportation.

    Cons

    You have to scan in and out; depending on who you work for, is how admin recognizes you. Admin is not very supportive.

    Advice to Management

    They need to apply firm policy to everyone equally and professionally and not based on the demands of a particular partners demands.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid the Los Angeles office!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, prestigious clients, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Save for a few, LA Partners need sensitivity training. Associates are either overworked or underutilized; most are unhappy. Administrator and Managers across the board are the worst.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Help Desk Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Help Desk Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension, vacation.

    Cons

    Horrible and dysfunctional management, demanding attorneys, lay offs and passive aggressive policies.

    Advice to Management

    Send management to sensitivity training and basic management training that isn't all about file building.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bring your blackberry with you when you go to lunch -- or on vacation"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Demanding but professional work environment, on the attorney side.

    Opportunities to work in different practice departments.

    Opportunity for professional growth if one is willing to step up and accept projects.

    Cons

    HR does not communicate well with support staff, people looking over their shoulders waiting for the axe to fall.

    Focus is on work, not personal life -- overtime is the norm.

    Everyone works hard, which is hard on everyone.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "What started as a dream job ended as a nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Non-Legal Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Non-Legal Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks great on resume; Good co-workers--attorneys, legal assistants, other staff; Learning opportunities; Competetive salaries and benefits; challenging and interesting cases and tasks.

    Cons

    On call 24/7; No work life balance--time off only approved if you agree to be reachable by phone and blackberry. No opportunities for advancement; Raises and bonuses combined below cost of living increases. No transparency or disclosure between management and staff or management and attorneys.No focus on positive contributions; heavy focus errors or issues--even small items.
    Favoritism between management and chosen staff. Almost impossible to trust anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone needs some downtime occasionally--a vacation tied to a blackberry is not a vacation. Learn what your staff actually does. Offer positive feedback. Provide support to the support staff: they are providing support to all of the attorneys.


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