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SmithAmundsen Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of friendly people. The hours were flexible. My boss was very reasonable and approachable.
    I have nothing else to say but glass door is requiring me to write more.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement or a raise. Time off is limited to 15 days a year with no chance of an increase. Support staff were required to clock in and out, even when hired on a salaried basis.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So-so"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at SmithAmundsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable management. Stable employment.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits and under market salaries.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Get experience and get out"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They give you a lot of experience and exposure quickly. It's pretty social and easy going if you're in the right group.

    Cons

    Pay is well below market, raises are crap, bonuses are a joke, they treat their employees like a number. The top of the firm makes a fortune and does little to no work while everyone else does all the work and makes pennies. If you have a bad experience it's next to impossible to live it down. Some attorneys are really petty and will actively work to destroy your career. While others do blatantly inappropriate things and advertise it as cool.

    Advice to Management

    Can't treat your employees like crap and expect no reprocussions. Pretty soon they're going to be in a position to give you work and won't.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse areas of expertise, holidays off, celebrates birthdays monthly, quiet environment

    Cons

    Not enough pay, no holiday pay or benefits for part-time, no raises


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal/Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal/Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for. Flex hours and good benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive, especially for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful entry-level experience"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly office atmosphere, especially for a law firm.

    - Clear cut expectations

    Cons

    - No good way to meet people as a new employee aside from making yourself known

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the social advancement of your human capital & keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Couldn't get out fast enough!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SmithAmundsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, but not worth it.

    Cons

    Partner/associate affair, foul language, inappropriate attire, unprofessional staff, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get an office manager and get rid of the attorneys that ruin the reputation of the firm and make it hard on everyone.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The pay does not match the responsibilities given. There are a lot of structural issues at the top that trickle down"

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithAmundsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Has potential to grow if issues are fixed

    Cons

    There are communication and structural issues at the top that effect everyone else in a negative way

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with your employees; what is expected, who they report to; how to earn a raise; what constitues a deserved raise. No one is ever on the same page due to lack of leadership


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The perfect job for someone who doesn't like to think outside the box/question processes."

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice, and very helpful. For a law firm, the office environment is on the more casual side.

    Cons

    If this were 1995, they would be on the cutting edge of technology. Unfortunately, it’s 2012, and many of their processes/systems need to be upgraded (still using office 2003). Additionally, the staff should be trained on how to use the technology they currently have. My coworkers couldn’t set up simple print option functions. Processes are old and outdated. When I interviewed, management gave the impression that they were looking for new ideas to update and modernize their processes for their new and growing needs. After working there for just a few weeks, it became quite clear that they were all talk, and no action. They spend so much time just trying to catch up (because the old processes are slow), that they don’t have time to study and re-work current processes.

    Advice to Management

    Make the time to examine the processes, and make them better. If you keep waiting for a good time, it will never come. If you spend a little money now on updated systems, processes, and software, you’ll save big time on labor costs later. Rather than requiring X amount of hours of overtime, approve working up to X amount of hours of overtime. You’ll save on labor costs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A firm that wants to move ahead, but will never achieve its lofty goals due to poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Downtown location was good and close to some trains. The views from the building were nice. The attorneys for the most part were quality people, but the lawyers on whole had no say as to the direction of the firm.

    Cons

    The COO's agenda is odd, and it seems as if the firm's needs are secondary in terms of importance. The leadership at this level needs a new perspective and not sure that the few people who can make the change see or understand the need for a new direction. Too bad for the firm, since other firms of simialr size and background are passing SA by each year.

    Advice to Management

    Introspection is the key. Look at the top to understand why there is discord and the signs of mis-management ($$$) are there for shareholders to see. They need to ask, and take a stand to bring the change to SA that is needed to move the firm forward.


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