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  1. "Great Foundation"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This firm still believes in the generalist model. allowing junior attorneys to develop the so very important broad experience necessary to be an excellent lawyer overall and to avoid blinders when one specializes.

    Cons

    As is customary in Big Law the work-life balance is not good. In recent years the above Pro (quality broad based training) may be suffering, in particular in the smaller offices, as the lack of senior associate and junior partners to train junior attorneys becomes apparent from layoffs in 2009 that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Remember how important it is to have a pipeline of talent to sustainability of the Firm, and service the clients (in particular the institutionalized clients).


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IP Paralegal in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - IP Paralegal in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They reward people that work well with nice bonuses. Pay well. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Treat attorneys much better than paralegals and staff. Some of the attorneys are hard to work for. Lots of hours

    Advice to Management

    Realize the importance of treating staff and paralegals better


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked, too many expectations, stressful, deaf ears on problems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability, Good food at parties

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work. The select few who work the best are given too much work while others slide by. Abuse by the attorneys is allowed on a daily basis. Screaming and mental anguish are regular with some attorneys. Lack of communication. Lousy raises while the attorneys are paid outrageously. Pays for perks liks first class hotel and airfare and non-work related travel to appease the spoiled attorneys. Cleveland office attorneys have prima donna attitudes who expect to be pampered and over-indulged.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horse and treat staff with respect and dignity. Reprimand the bad apple attorneys who you ignore and let ruin the work experience for those around them.


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  5. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In the legal community and worldwide, Squire Sanders & Dempsey is well respected and has an overall good reputation. Since the firm is located in so many countries and many cities in the U.S. it makes relocating quite easy.

    Cons

    The Columbus office is known for its poor treatment of staff members. The firm shows very little appreciation for its staff.

    Advice to Management

    Include the staff in activities; not just the attorneys. Show appreciation if at no other time, on staff appreciation day. Acknowledge birthdays.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "could be a lot worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Squire Sanders and Dempsey has friendly people, easy commute, reliable reviews and evaluation process, good teamwork, not much office politics

    Cons

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey is a pretty tight with the money and staff people, at least, are feeling the pinch.

    Advice to Management

    Squire, Sanders management could be more transparent and communicative firm wide; management update communications are not common. Also, pay staff a bit better to raise morale.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the firm but some of the co-workers were not that great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The firm was a great firm to work for, learned a lot, made friends. They tried very had to create a family environment.

    Cons

    No room for growth. The office administrator would have favorites and it showed. They would release employees based on tenure rather than job performance.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a viable place to work long-term."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively market compensation; Generally collegial atmosphere; Reasonable work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management is staid and seems incapable of developing a coherent strategic plan; Excess of older partners who don't perform; Too many lawyer/managers; International offices are a huge drain on revenues; Bad decisions on mergers with other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the number of lawyers in management getting a free ride; Hire business school graduates instead of lawyers to manage the business; Grow your own talent from within rather than looking to laterals to save the day and find other ways to fix the major morale problems before the whole place implodes.


  9. "Associate"

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

    Pros

    Allows you the ability to work in multiple countries, which makes it possible to accumulate the billable hour rewuirement.

    Cons

    In the US low salaries no regard for different office economies. Salaries are base on the Cleveland area.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate cost of living comparable to employee's location, not cost of living in Cleveland.


  10. "Great Experience but Poor Work/Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time

    Pros

    Great experience working on sophisticated transactions. There are many great mentors in the firm if you are lucky enough to work with them. Unfortunately, there are also a number of partners that see you only as a resource and have no desire to help you further your career.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, which is to be expected with a big firm like this. The numerous mergers have only made the problem worse.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your people are your most valuable asset and they are not as fungible as management in the firm would believe.


  11. "Pretty good experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good work-life balance, pretty good training.

    Cons

    Lots of mergers, layoffs and change, so I don't know what their future holds. Company values and office culture could be stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Make staff feel acknowledged and appreciated; create more of a team atmosphere.


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