Special Counsel Reviews

Updated Dec 3, 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible hours and friendly staff"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Staff is really nice and flexible, and they will accommodate your scheduling needs.

    Cons

    Pay was on the low end - only $22 per hour for a full time attorney. Additionally, it is very difficult to get a hold of someone when there are issues. Also, given the contract nature of the position, there is no upward mobility.

  2. "Great Pay"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    good pay and flexible schedules

    Cons

    stressful environment no room for advancement


  3. "Company in transition"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Many resources, good culture and dedicated operations team.

    Cons

    Management seems to be unclear about what their place is in the legal market. It is essentially a managed review company that wants to be a consultancy.

  4. "Not good."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - DSI Reviewer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Can’t think of one. Terrible inconsiderate company.

    Cons

    Unorganized. The company will assign you a project then pull the plug on it right before you’re expected to start. Poor communication, none of the higher ups have a universal understanding of the company. Three projects I was assigned to the night before start I received an email that I was no longer on the project. No regard or consideration for the time of the employees.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pay is very sub par"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - E-discovery Project Attorney in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They do staff alot of work

    Cons

    Low morale and garbage supervisors who know zero about the law

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "They make it clear how completely dispensable you are"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Document Reviewer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work from home, flexible hours

    Cons

    I've worked on a number of projects for Special Counsel so far, and on every single one, the managing attorneys threaten to fire us if we mess up. They say this during the training, before we've even started the project. They say this in most of the daily meeting calls. It's clear that they are not interested in helping us learn or supporting the document reviewers. I feel totally dispensable. Also -- in my experience, they will do everything they can to avoid bumping you up to the next pay rate, even when you've earned the credentials to entitle it. I started working as a JD and became a licensed attorney. It's been a month of back and forth trying to sort out how I can get this raise. Finally, they told me today that I will get the raise on my next project, which is 2-3 weeks away.

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  7. "Great Assignments, but Little Growth Opportunities"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant 

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    You will be placed on an assignment that gives you some form of stability, and the pay is decent for what you are doing. There may be lots of overtime available for your assignment.

    Cons

    Micro-management is insane! There's little to no growth opportunities. The health insurance is a joke! It is very hard to have a real work-life balance considering you don't get any PTO until after the first year of work.

  8. "Great people!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Newport Beach, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic team to work with.

    Cons

    We are now working from home

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  9. "Great"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Recruiter 

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, smart driven group of people.

    Cons

    Commission is a big part of compensation.

  10. "Part-time Position"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I worked at Special Counsel part-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, congenial working environment

    Cons

    High turnover, some unclear communication from top

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