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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated October 4, 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
  • "very long hours and unpredictable" (in 41 reviews)

  • "There is not much of a work life balance like other firms" (in 18 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. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Support Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Skadden Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and good learning environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes there wasn't enough work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "work hard"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work on challenging assignments.

    Cons

    There is not much of a work life balance like other firms.

  8. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skadden Arps part-time

    Pros

    Good group of knowledgeable people

    Cons

    Not very flexible in job roles

    Advice to Management

    more versatility


  9. "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


  10. "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


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