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  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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).


  5. "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.


  6. "Pretty good experience."

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    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Steer Clear"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous PTO structure and unlimited sick days for salaried employees

    Cons

    Decisions and management discussions are shrouded in immense secrecy. Specialist culture, low salaries and bullying abound. No upward mobility opportunities, no recognition for good work or consequences for sub-par work, no training, and no innovation. Management does not value or invest in employees, or strategies from this century. Heavy-hitting partners are leaving in droves to join the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, it's 2014. 1954 called, and it wants its workplace culture back.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Low Morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great clients, great client-facing opportunities.

    Cons

    No transparency, no career training opportunities, lots of back stabbing and throwing of people under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Do something - anything - to boost employee morale.


  9. "Okay place to work, but no room for growth."

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

    Pros

    Collegial environment and nice offices.

    Cons

    Management didn't share a lot which lead to rumors and concern.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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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


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