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Updated March 2, 2019
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Pros
  • "The office offers flexible hours as well as no cap on hours from my last assignment" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Supportive work environment and great staff" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "so that 3: they can staff as many human bodies on a document review project as they can talk the client into" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Working hard and long hours often is not enough to get the promotion or reward" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    . Management team always shares clear vision of company with every individuals in the organization
    . Positive culture where mistakes are allowed and treated as opportunity for improvements
    . Trust. There is no micro-management. There's lots of trust on employees
    . Opportunity. What you currently do is not what you will be doing in the future. This company allows you to move to other departments as long as you can prove your capability
    . People - From C-level, SVP, VP, director to intern, all are treated with same respect.
    . A lot more

    Cons

    * none. I've worked several other companies prior to this. All have pros and cons in one way or the other. The best place is where you can enjoy and build future yourself. this is the place for it.

    Advice to Management

    None..


  2. "Good place for training"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training program for new recruiters. Most people tend to know what they're talking about. You have to make sure to "get in" with the right people and "drink the company koolaide" or you won't go far. Mostly a collegial place to work, but there are a few "bad apples" that produce a lot so management doesn't seem to care how they act. You can make a lot of money here, but it's self-driven; beyond initial training, you're pretty much on your own.

    Cons

    A lot of rules and a lot of gray areas that cause for a lot of drama. Limited in scope (IE, geography) and many markets are becoming too congested. Upper management changes rules/procedures on the daily. They're also more focused on the bottom line results (comes with being part of a public company) so the revenue producing divisions are saddled with the non-producing divisions' shortfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites - everyone sees it.

  3. "THE COMPANY WILL CONSIDER FOR EMPLOYMENT QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WITH ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    There are no more pros for working here. The absolute bottom of the barrel works for this company. So if you are the bottom of the barrel, this company is good for you.

    Cons

    But so can convicts. See Special Counsel's latest employment procedures: THE COMPANY WILL CONSIDER FOR EMPLOYMENT QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WITH ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS. Does this include convicted sex offenders? How about those with violent assault records? Are you prepared to DIE on the job?

    Advice to Management

    NEVER hire this law firm to do any work for you.


  4. "just ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good training commute food people

    Cons

    money people time friends road


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Huge mess"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The day you finally get to leave.

    Cons

    HUGE DISORGANIZED MESS. stay away at all costs. if you think hard work and strong ethics will get you far here, you are very very wrong. positions will be created out of the blue if management likes you, which can only be achieved if you value the same thing they do: flash over substance. Quality of work doesn't matter as long as you've met the unrealistic deadline they gave you. Pathetic and there are much more credible employers. don't waste your time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making up new titles for yourself every few weeks, and address the ridiculously high turnover rate you have. Put more qualified people in charge and change your website. The new one looks unbelievably generic.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Attorney Project Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat rate for work done, can negotiate hours as a side-hustle

    Cons

    Culture. Pay. Advancement: you are a very temporary cog, for a matter of days or weeks. This is the equivalent of a 7-11 parking lot where you pick up day laborers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with decency. This may be a last resort for some, but the disrespect witnessed from remote staffing ladies and national management was stunningly cruel and unnecessary. People are given unrealistic project durations and cut/fired from them arbitrarily. Culture is savage; calling it toxic would be an improvement.


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time

    Pros

    Great support from all management levels. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Rigid pricing structure

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not enough interesting assignment s

    Cons

    Not enough work to do

    Advice to Management

    Assign more legal work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Island of Misfit Lawyers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    If you breathe and have a license you can work there.
    Flexible.
    Simple work.
    Worked with some really nice people.
    Easy to learn.
    Coffee on site.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Inconsistent hours
    Arbitrary rule-setting
    Little room for growth
    Poor associate behavior.

    Advice to Management

    People want to feel like they matter, even lawyers off the beaten path. Take employee misconduct seriously.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "There is a lot of turn over for a reason"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A good opportunity to learn new skills

    Cons

    The people were very difficult to work with.