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Skadden Arps Reviews

Updated February 12, 2019
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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
  • "Long hours and unpredictable working hours" (in 42 reviews)

  • "There is not much of a work life balance like other firms" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady and routine schedule for most days

    Cons

    No career development plan for entry-level


  2. "Typical associate life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Top notch clients, very steep learning curve

    Cons

    long hours and the culture can be too competitive

  3. "Excellent Pay, Support and Resources Undermined by Terrible Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Market salary and all the support and resources you could need. I have since worked at other law firms and they've paled in comparison. The billable requirement was pretty low when I was there (1600 hours). It has since increased (I believe it is now 1800 hours) but remains lower than that of most firms. Further, pro bono counts toward your billables. Generous vacation and sick time if you dare to take it. Great benefits. Highly reputable.

    Cons

    All the typical horrors of big law. Long hours (despite low target billables). Poor management skills and very little management training. Everything is a manufactured emergency that requires you to monitor your email at all hours of the day and night. Lots of passive aggressive behavior. Associates police each other. Should you opt to leave the office before 8 expect to develop a reputation for being less than engaged. And dare not refuse an assignment. Regardless of how much work you have on your plate you will likely be labeled 'difficult.' Very hierarchical. It can be challenging to get substantive work and meaningful experience when you're a junior associate.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to prepare associates for supervisory roles. Bring in organizational psychologists and weed out as many abusive people as possible.


  4. "Great law firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work for career development

    Cons

    Some people may be difficult


  5. "Legal Assistant Specialist"

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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

    Great benefits, opportunities for skill-based pay raises.

    Cons

    Most work is task based, rather than project based, so you don't always get to see something through to its conclusion.


  6. "Fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden Arps part-time

    Pros

    They had such a great company culture.

    Cons

    A little bit tough at times.


  7. "Good for law"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Poor corporate culture - very cut throat.

    Cons

    Good pay. Great name brand recognition when transitioning out of the industry or to another firm.

  8. "Good place to work, not much room for promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden Arps full-time

    Pros

    Guaranteed bonuses and raises yearly. Partners and staff are friendly. We have access to tons of resources.

    Cons

    Room for growth is not really there for support staff. Bonus amounts don't go beyond 4%. Not necessarily based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Place a little more value on those who are forgotten.


  9. "Good Opportunity but No Promotion"

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot here. They gave me some real responsibilities.

    Cons

    No promotion afterwards, but what can you expect these days? Office was really cold. Sometimes they had food!

    Advice to Management

    Really consider your employees for internal advancement, don't just say it, mean it.


  10. "Partner Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Partner Secretary in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Partner Secretary in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits package is superb.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities for advancement or lateral moves.