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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Eric Friedman
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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. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great personalities, high-profile work

    Cons

    Long hours and tight deadlines


  2. "Great Firm with Nice Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/ life balance (in Accounting), benefits (Plenty of PTO, 401K, etc.) Departments are well staffed so there's backup. Everyone wants to help each other for the most part. Very professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Good place to retire but if you're still developing your career in Accounting, it's going to be hard here.

  3. "Very smart people, very intense atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot (and in a short amount of time) from the smartest legal minds in the world.

    Cons

    Long, unpredictable hours. No work/life balance.


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Interesting deals
    Bright partners to work with
    Gym provided on the premise
    Brand recognition in the marketplace

    Cons

    Face time is important (even though attorney development and recruiting says otherwise)
    No boundaries
    Little visibility on pipeline from associate level
    Review process is slow and inconsequential


  5. "Good for newly grads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and competitive salary range

    Cons

    Long working hours and lack of work life balance. Lack of chance of growth or promotion. Raise and bonus are equally distributed but not based on performance.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing People AND Trust Your Instincts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits, wonderful colleagues and a sense of teamwork among many when it counts to get the hard work done.

    Cons

    Salary definitely under market. Communication not a priority and a degree of fingerpointing is permitted. The best defense is keep a paper trail to foster better communication. Recent administrative changes have fostered poor morale. Above all, it's a business. Trust your instincts when it's time to go.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk. If the Firm says it values all employees and they are all part of the Team it needs to serve its clients, then treat everyone as a Team Member who contributes to the Firm's bottom line.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good company"

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

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    great work environment and friendly people

    Cons

    busy working pace and work overtime

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Copy Operator/Digital Printer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Operator/Digital Printer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment. Professionally run organization. All places should be run as professionally as this one is.

    Cons

    It's hard to get in here full time because those who were able to don't quit a job like this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work you're doing.


  9. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great networking; great name; very social; will get good experience.

    Cons

    Staffing can be difficult; very fratty and some backstabbing; lots of office politics (to be expected); erratic hours.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Perspective of the Support / Where Your Dreams and Ambitions are Laid to Rest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation time (if you're able to use it).

    Cons

    The morale at the firm is overall very low. Support staff is under-appreciated and their input on potential improvements not considered. There is, however, a lot of lip-service, if that tends to sooth you. If you're a smart, dedicated, hard worker, you will be taken advantage of.
    Despite open talk about how many billions are brought in each year, it apparently does not affect support staff "raises" - those still seem to be affected by the recession.
    There are supervisors and managers in place who really have no business being in charge of anything or anybody. Only those that the NY office can control and manipulate are put in those positions.
    It's a toxic environment, with blatant breaches of confidentiality and displays of favoritism.
    The focus at this firm is to follow blindly. Do not stir the pot with any wildly innovative ideas that deviate from the Skadden way, lest you be shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    If you haven't gotten a clue by now, I'm not sure there's anything really to be said here.


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