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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Great benefits, tons of time off for support staff, and excellent starting salary (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • very long hours and unpredictable (in 40 reviews)

  • Very thin line between a work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work and gain skills"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and gain skills

    Cons

    Partnership opportunities are relatively limited


  2. "HR Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Best firm I worked at. The only firm I have seen that truly values staff members in addition to attorneys.

    Cons

    Law firms can always be tough to work at if you aren't a revenue generator

  3. "Typical Law firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good resources

    Cons

    Long hours, most senior management do not appreciate work life balance


  4. "First Year Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and very prestigious M&A practice

    Cons

    very long hours and unpredictable


  5. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never regret having worked there. Good work, and the name carries weight after you depart.

    Cons

    Staffing for laterals, and departure procedure (subtract weekend days in paying out unused vacation time)


  6. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, exciting work, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Long, unpredictable hours, sometimes stressful environment


  7. "It is what you expect"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best reason to work there is to put it on your resume.

    Cons

    It's very clicky and competitive internally, not just externally.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where Associates and counsel don't have to each other to have a successful career.

  8. "Associate"

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

    Pros

    Great client roster and matters

    Cons

    The works hours can be grueling

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about promotion


  9. "Legal Assistant"

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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

    Corporate exposure, great for law school resume

    Cons

    Repetitive work, tedious tasks, unpredictability of long hours


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work like a robot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps part-time

    Pros

    Building is secure and security responds to queries right away. (Outside company, of course.)

    Cons

    Everything else. They are not honest with new hires. They make false promises. We are monitored even as to how many trips to the bathroom. Cannot step away from desk unless you make a call to tell the front that you are stepping away. This applies to Administrative staff, not attorneys or upper-management.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is useless at this point. The pay is great for a reason - so nobody will complain.


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