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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Cutting edge work; high level of responsibility (in 8 reviews)

  • Amazing support staff (law clerks, paralegals, word processing) (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Some long hours, but work load ebbs and flows so it all balances out (in 36 reviews)

  • Very thin line between a work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "good company"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Legal Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good access to important training and matters.

    Cons

    Long hours and pay could be higher.


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  5. "Things could have changed there."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have good benefits and most of the people are friendly.

    Cons

    It can be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly, not just your friends.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Most complex legal work on the market, great clients, typical law firm life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Great work, great clients, opportunity to work with some of the best legal minds in the world

    Cons

    Law firm structure, rigid payscale, promotion is becoming more and more difficult

    Advice to Management

    Manage with an eye toward the long-term success of the firm and its work force and not the short-term profits of the current partners.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Stable Employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability. There have only been a few layoffs in the Firm's history.
    Independence. One is given the freedom to do their job.
    Solid Benefits including 4 to 5 weeks vacation time.

    Cons

    Small salary raises.
    Not a lot of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Generally, keep doing what you do, but I would temper the presentations where we are shown how great the Firm is doing & then most support staff averages a 2% raise.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Global Business Development - Great Firm, Toxic Group"

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    Former Employee - Global Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skadden reputation, caliber of employees, benefits. The firm is a top player in corporate law, and many groups seem to be incredibly happy.

    Cons

    Business development group is one of the few groups where racism and unprofessional-ism are prevalent. Constant threats of firing, etc. against the analysts, as well as managers that scream at every mistake and make racist and unpolitical comments are an everyday occurrence. Interviewers will sell you a relaxed culture, but working in the group is another story. Because the managers are tenured, they can basically do whatever they want and HR will turn a blind eye. The 9-5 culture prevalent in many other support staff groups is lost here, and there are constant hints to come in early, stay late, and put in weekend work (even if not explicitly stated).

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on merit and not tenure. There is a huge disconnect between the great reputation of Skadden and the toxicity of this particular group. There are no advancement opportunities in this particular group, and the miserable state of the bullpen analysts/senior analysts are a constant sight. Skadden as a whole seems a great place to work, but try and avoid this group.


  10. "No work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit and perks, pays well

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about the associates

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your associates


  11. "Good People, small company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are generally helpful, processional and kind. The typical benefits of working in a small company are found here.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities, cannot move up the latter very quickly. Can get boring at times, would be nice to have a modern feel to the environment, especially for the tech team.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities


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