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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Support staff are very kind and will always be willing to help out" (in 13 reviews)

  • "They have good benefits and most of the people are friendly" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is not much of a work life balance like other firms" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Long hours and unpredictable working hours" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and unparalleled cases/experiences.

    Cons

    Can have unpredictable and strenuous hours.


  2. "Good place to work, not much room for promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Guaranteed bonuses and raises yearly. Partners and staff are friendly. We have access to tons of resources.

    Cons

    Room for growth is not really there for support staff. Bonus amounts don't go beyond 4%. Not necessarily based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Place a little more value on those who are forgotten.

  3. "Partner Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Partner Secretary in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Partner Secretary in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits package is superb.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities for advancement or lateral moves.


  4. "Legal Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Great client and very challenging work.

    Cons

    Very long and unpredictable hours.


  5. "Good company. Excellent team."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Talented and humble team. Lots of transparency and learning.

    Cons

    Not a software based company, so missed the perks of software industry


  6. "Support Staff"

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

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Great resume name, top law firm, good connections

    Cons

    small bonuses, no advancement opportunities


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Support Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a meritocracy. If you want to advance here, the trick is simply to help everyone else by leveraging your strengths. Working outside your job description is critical. That way, you will soon have a role that broadly matches what you prefer to do and are good at. That's important if you want to be promoted, because promotions come with a huge workload, and if you are going to get a ton of work, it had better be the work you enjoy and are good at. Roles can be customized for overachievers. Hard work and humility are both required to do well here. In accounting, the senior staff is also the hardest working staff, and plenty humble. When you stay late, you will see many managers still working, and it is clear from email traffic that they also work from home at night, even answering trivial requests.

    Cons

    The meritocracy can be difficult for some employees who believe doing one's role well, as that role is formally defined, should be rewarded. There is a baseline of support, training and respect afforded to every employee, but extraordinary contributors have extraordinary influence, regardless of titles. People who complain often without offering reasonable solutions are not as well-respected. So people who enjoy complaining will find an environment with plenty to complain about, because they will have little influence. Lastly, it's a law firm with very low turnover, so like any law firm, some people have to change firms to move up. Even so, many return to Skadden later.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your strategy of empowerment and promoting from within. This will be very important as demands on law firm accounting and administration continue to grow.

  8. "Great firm, great culture."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great firm, great culture. Casual atmosphere, but quality of work product is never sacrificed.

    Cons

    As in most big law firms, hours can be rough at times.


  9. "Stable Good Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice perks, location, employee cafeteria with good prices.

    Cons

    Administrative employees have little opportunity to increase earnings.

    Advice to Management

    More professional training. Better training to management on how to motivate staff in a positive way. My boss think that is training dogs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Prestige firm. Looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    It's a snake pit. Could turn off anyone considering a career in law.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on your supervising legal assistants.