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Updated January 21, 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
  • Some long hours, but work load ebbs and flows so it all balances out (in 38 reviews)

  • Very thin line between a work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Be Aware"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K, some really nice people.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, no communication about changes taking effect. You learn about changes AFTER you've done something that doesn't fit the new profile.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to really sit down with your employees and get to know them. Utilize their skills and interests to make their job more productive.


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    "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Skadden Arps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Modern offices and a subsidized cafeteria.

    Cons

    Rather nasty group of management (consisting of mostly young and very inexperienced women who do not know the first thing about managing and speaking to subordinate staff). The firm also enforces extremely strict, rigid and somewhat humiliating policies (for example, you must be at your desk and ready to work at 9:30 a.m. (even if you worked late the night before or have a commuting issue, etc.) and you must account for any bathroom or other small breaks in your daily time entries). Don't even think about asking for a sudden vacation or sudden time off due to a medical emergency, as you will have to jump through hoops to get approval (and in all likelihood will be bullied to work regardless of your personal situation). Be advised you will be unable to borrow off your 401K plan. Overall, Skadden was one of the most pompous, strict, and arrogant firms I ever encountered (management and attorneys alike).

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with dignity and respect, and treat the staff like the highly educated, professionals they are. Also, be cognizant of the type of work assignments you give to legal assistants. For example, make it a priority to know your staffs' unique, individual skill-set and level of work experience before giving work assignments to them (i.e., don't improperly assign junior-level work to senior-level staff, and vice versa). Learn how to properly communicate to the staff regarding new or sudden updates to firm policies and procedures, and try to watch the condescending, nasty tone when communicating with staff. It will only adversely affect you as well as the firm's reputation in the long run.


  5. "Adm. Assistant"

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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

    Nice cafeteria, even though it is an outside company.

    Cons

    Run like a Mill. Big Brother is watching you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to new comers about what it is really like.


  6. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome people, love the environment

    Cons

    Many lawyers so they are very busy


  7. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work while in school.

    Cons

    I think job was fine the way it was.

  8. "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


  9. "Great Firm with Nice Benefits"

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    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.


  10. "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


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