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Special Counsel Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours and weekend hours available in most proyects (in 9 reviews)

  • Supportive work environment and great staff (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Special Counsel boasts that employees/document review attorneys are eligible to join Special Counsel's healthcare plan after working for SC for 30 days (in 8 reviews)

  • Contract work offers no real ability to advance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Contract Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Counsel part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful support from placement managers/recruiters. Negotiated hourly rate for me and really boosted my earning potential.

    Cons

    Assignments come and go and there is occasionally some down time between assignments.


  2. "contract assignments"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really great group of people

    Cons

    Though required, there are really no cons

  3. "Doc Review Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Higher pay for foreign language projects

    Cons

    projects can end at any time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Still Assessing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special Counsel part-time

    Pros

    Strong presence in Jacksonville Florida.

    Cons

    Miscommunication / Finding the right fit based on background, experience and job requirements.


  5. "Great if you enjoy a sales environment"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Special Counsel is a great place to work if you are a sales-minded individual. You can make a lot of money on commission, and work with relatively low micro-management.

    Cons

    If sales isn't your thing- you will have a hard time in this environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Document review"

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

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Steady flow of new projects if you are interested in working full-time.

    Cons

    Pay is only $19.00 per hour for most projects.

    Advice to Management

    Allow attorneys to work part-time and increase hourly salary.


  7. "Professional Growth with Large Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Work hard, grow professionally, busy desk

    Cons

    Competitive environment and no path to promotion

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Job security if you blindly do as you are told

    Cons

    Special Counsel as a whole is the most dysfunctional staffing agency I've ever encountered. People are promoted into roles they are not qualified for, people are hired based on arbitrary requirements with no industry knowledge, and mediocrity is accepted if you blindly follow leadership's lead. The permanent attorney search group is building an awful reputation across the country because they only hire failed attorneys with no knowledge of the recruiting business and train them like monkeys to smile and dial. Working for a competitor now, I am aware of several large firms and candidates who refuse to work with them, turnover is too high and brand new recruiters have no business managing the search of a senior level attorney.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a major overhaul. Nobody respects the leadership, talented people will continue to leave.


  9. "Lucky Employee"

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    Current Employee - Director of Legal Recruitment in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Director of Legal Recruitment in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -support from management
    -compensation
    -growth options
    -PTO
    -positive work environment

    Cons

    -Niche industry
    -Not so "warm" clients

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing :)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I still have nightmares"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Zero. None. Couldn't even think up a fake one.

    Cons

    This was by far the worst job I have ever had in my entire life. I was recruited by one of the worst human beings to trail this earth who disguised himself as a semi-normal guy. I had a bad feeling about the company and the executive director and didn't listen to my instinct. I walked in the first day and knew it was one of the worst mistakes almost right away. You could feel the toxic vibes just walking in the door. I still shutter at the thought of that office space and those people. The executive director and her sidekick were truly awful people. Right away I started hearing all the stories. Of ALL the people who quit and the stories behind them. I had never worked with such an ingenuous, deceiving, rigid, cold people before in my life. Never, ever, ever take a job with this company. I promise you it will be the worst mistake you have ever made.

    Advice to Management

    I have zero clue how management got to where they are. Too many people have complained and quit at this point. They must have something SO big over higher management's head that I can't even fathom what it could be.


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