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Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours and weekend hours available in most proyects (in 8 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It's document review work, which is not that exciting for attorneys, but that's the nature of the job (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (34)

    "My job is better than yours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Management bends over backwards to help us succeed. Tons of incentives offered to help employees stay motivated and engaged. I have never been so happy to go to work and feel more invested than ever in the company I work for.

    Cons

    If you want to be miserable at work and aren't a happy person-- DON'T APPLY. We have fun at work!

    Advice to Management

    We appreciate everything you do for us- Thank you!


  2. "Lucky Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 :)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great bond within the home office colleagues
    -accommodating work schedule with school and life events
    -Scott Bruce is the ED and is a great steward

    Cons

    -corporate restructuring brought out the bureaucracy beast
    -attempts to siphon off profitable business units and streamline ultimately was poorly planned and facilitated

    Advice to Management

    be better planners, and have realistic expectations


  4. "Decent. Ability to work hours around my own schedule for up to 70 hours w/o overtime though."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no boss and the company allows you to work around my own schedule and even on the weekends. Very interesting work that applies to students getting an MBA.

    Cons

    Repetitive and minimal training with malfunctioning databases regularly. No overtime pay but plenty of opportunities to work more than 40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Training needs to take place to adequately allow associates to understand what they are doing without trial and error.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant Temporary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid every week. Direct deposit. Most jobs had paid parking.

    Cons

    Very inconsistent with communication. No follow up on placement situations. Consistently suggested very low paying temp opportunities. Office personnel seemed more interested in standing around talking instead of work. I was not happy with them.

    Advice to Management

    Employ staff who are interested finding people jobs and communicating with candidates.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Absent Executive Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Placement Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Placement Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great new office space and decent colleagues

    Cons

    Was sold a position that didn't exist. Had an Executive Director that spent more time out of the office than in the office. Arrived later than everyone, spent more time at the hair and nail salon every week during company time and eating lunch for hours at her desk instead of training her staff. If it wasn't for corporate managers that flew in I would have never known what i was doing. Not to mention, she wanted us to dress up for "all call day" like we were kids.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate your staff by setting a good example and not expecting them to do what you don't do.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company cares about the people they place on projects and listens to them. Director of Atlanta office is easy to work with.

    Cons

    Pay could be better but the market is very competitive and drives the wages.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, good work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Document Review Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Document Review Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Special Counsel cultivates a supportive working environment built on a foundation of transparency, kindness, and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to interact with staff over the years and to work for them now.

    Cons

    It has been a pleasure to interact with staff and to work for them now.


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Avoid this Company - your life will be miserable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I first started working at Special Counsel 6 years agao, I loved my job. I felt appreciated for my hard work and was free to do my job in a way that made me very sucessful. The support from management was wonderful at that time and I made a very decent salary.

    Cons

    A little more than 3 years ago all of that changed when the new management was put into place. Their condescending and arrogant attitudes towards experienced recruiters was unbelievable. I was micromanaged to the point of insanity. No longer appreciated and psychologically abused by overbearing and snobbish "superiors" .

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging sucessful recruiters. Lose the haughty attitudes. Appreciate the fact that "your Job is better than mine" because I worked my tail off to make your office a success.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Best Job Ever!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work for the leading company in the staffing industry which gives us a lot of exposure to top law firms and companies. I could not think of a better or more rewarding job because we truly get to change peoples lives - whether its an extra paycheck around the holidays on our temp side or getting someone a 100k pay increase on the perm side.

    It's also a job where you reap what you sow - if you work hard, then it will reflect in your compensation. I personally made more in this position than I would have if I were on lock-step with the biggest firms!

    Across the company we get great support from our President all the way down to our in-office colleagues. I know I feel comfortable picking up the phone and working with our sister offices across the nation. It's a strong culture of respect and support.

    Cons

    You have to work hard to be able to achieve good footing - not a true "con" but a reality

    Advice to Management

    Just keep swimming!


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