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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Employee Reviews about "support staff"

Updated 16 May 2019

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  • "Support staff are very kind and will always be willing to help out(in 16 reviews)

  • "High energy of the attorneys at the firm, prestige, high profile cases(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Firm to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great health benefits, vacation time, salary. Skadden fosters lenient dress code and employee recognition program.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for growth and flexible work schedule for support staff.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2019-03-18
  2. "Legal Assistant Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom part-time

    Pros

    Challenging, great coworkers, flexibility, opportunity to learn new skills, opportunities for growth, very diverse work environment.

    Cons

    Micromanaging the support staff a bit too much.

    Advice to Management

    Trust that your employees can do the job.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2019-05-16
  3. "Friendly staff/attorneys, stale management"

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    Former Employee - Office Services Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Support staff and attorneys are (mostly) nice. Generous PTO, good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected, and if you refuse to stay you are looked down upon. No work/life balance. Most of the managers are always in a bad mood, really negative to be around and bring the energy down.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to play favoritism, at least try not to be so blatant about it. Learn how to become more approachable and friendly, it will probably help your employee turnover rate.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2019-04-19
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Office and Secretarial Management; Discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good health benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    The morale at the firm is overall extremely low. There is no work, secretaries sit anxiously wondering when the next cut will happen even though they're told there won't be any. Support staff is under-appreciated and their input on improvements are not considered. Despite bragging about how many billions are brought in each year, it does not affect support staff raises which appear to still be affected by the... recession, and bonuses remain 1-1/2%. There are supervisors and managers in place who have no business being in charge of anything or anyone. There are an excessive amount of managers. It's a toxic environment, with blatant breaches of confidentiality and displays of favoritism. The focus at this firm is to follow blindly. They push staff for innovative ideas (thereby doing management's job) and do not follow through. The firm changed for the worst since the current NYO leader took over. It's interesting how 99% of terminated employees are non-caucasian.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism and discrimination against support staff; listen to your support staff. Fight for better pay for your staff. Instead of telling the staff that the firm can't do anything without them, and that the firm wouldn't be where it is without them, SHOW the staff with actions like increased salaries and bonuses, not free breakfasts on Tuesdays. Actions speak louder than words.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2019-03-21
  5. "long hours"

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

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the support staff is nice

    Cons

    hours are unpredictable, no work life balance

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2019-03-04
  6. "Good place to work, not much room for promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 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.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2018-12-10
  7. "A Lot of Work But Rewarding"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

    Pros

    Great pay. Support staff are very kind and will always be willing to help out. Good to get a sense of what the big law environment is.

    Cons

    People are generally hard to approach. Can be suffocating if you're placed in a department with a heavy workload.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2018-09-19
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Perspective of the Support / Where Your Dreams and Ambitions are Laid to Rest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation time (if you're able to use it).

    Cons

    The morale at the firm is overall very low. Support staff is under-appreciated and their input on potential improvements not considered. There is, however, a lot of lip-service, if that tends to sooth you. If you're a smart, dedicated, hard worker, you will be taken advantage of. Despite open talk about how many billions are brought in each year, it apparently does not affect support staff "raises" - those... still seem to be affected by the recession. There are supervisors and managers in place who really have no business being in charge of anything or anybody. Only those that the NY office can control and manipulate are put in those positions. It's a toxic environment, with blatant breaches of confidentiality and displays of favoritism. The focus at this firm is to follow blindly. Do not stir the pot with any wildly innovative ideas that deviate from the Skadden way, lest you be shown the door.

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    Advice to Management

    If you haven't gotten a clue by now, I'm not sure there's anything really to be said here.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2017-05-07
  9. Helpful (15)

    "BEWARE THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good health insurance, ample PTO, responsive support staff, convenient office location in NYC, legitimately great holiday party

    Cons

    The stresses you face as a lawyer at Skadden are well known. However, the marketing department is less visible but somehow far more toxic. The top dog sets the tone through personal insults (often about petty things such as personal appearance) and a blame-and-shame attitude that arbitrarily assigns fault and never examines processes to keep problems from arising again. The second tier of authority is made up... entirely of those who either join in this kind of behavior or silently let it slide. That job was earlier in my working career, so I didn't fully understand just how juvenile and unprofessional this woman was. I'll miss the firm's generous benefits, but there's not a perk grand enough to ever make me work for this person again.

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    Advice to Management

    Maybe don't publicly ridicule employees for what they wear or weigh? Or publicly belittle and dress people down for minor errors that may, in the end, not even be that person's fault? Stop acting like the top tier of marketing department management is all auditioning to play Regina George in Mean Girla 2? Any of the above would be a big step forward.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2017-03-23
  10. Helpful (17)

    "Global Business Development - Great Firm, Toxic Group"

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

    I worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom full-time for 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).

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    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.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom2017-02-10
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