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Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "Sidley Austin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A Challenging, interesting and team oriented environment and Cross training for the staff is both interesting and also provided valuable career incentive

    Cons

    Limited position mobility and layout could have more staff comfort zones as special secluded part of the firm could make the staff feel like they aren't just grabbing lunch at their desk or finding an empty room

    Advice to Management

    Law is always changing, it's it's loophole
    Some firms get stuck in tradition but the financial and technological changes in the past decade are a important reminder to always look ahead


  2. "Not Bad but Will Not Get Ahead"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal/Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal/Data Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Steptoe & Johnson (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Work is very easy
    -Flexible Schedule
    -Lots of down time

    Cons

    -Low Compensation
    -No room for growth or advancement

  3. "IT Trainer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Trainer in Medford, NY
    Former Employee - Business Trainer in Medford, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was an excellent job while it lasted. I left just before they outsourced the help desk function, and only 1 of the 3 IT Trainers were retained after I left about 2/20/2014.

    Cons

    There were considerable politics being played toward the end. The IT Department was selected for downsizing and many of the deadwood older timers were kept in spite of the fact that several other employees were far more capable and harder workers.


  4. "Good firm, fair management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steptoe takes care of their staff, especially those that have been there for a while.

    Cons

    They made some changes to their benefits package that were pro-employer. Recent construction in the building can be a challenge at times for noise and the overall atmosphere of the work place.
    Career opportunities can be somewhat limited for non-attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating employees with respect and they will continue to produce.


  5. "Associate - generally good for BigLaw"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Overall attorneys here seem more reasonable and human than some places; generally good culture and transparency from management. On a Friday afternoon, office is dead by 5:30pm. Many attorneys telecommute or leave early to fit family needs. Good benefits and things like free office yoga and fitness classes are a nice touch. Generally, staff and attorneys are fairly warm and likable people (which is not the case at many firms). Firm is generally good about covering expenses or business development efforts and supportive on associate development.

    Cons

    Market pressures have resulted in more billable pressure on associates in some groups. Telecom and IP are notoriously busy while litigation and other groups tend to be slower. Some lateral hires have affected the the work/life balance and expectations for associates. There can be a bit of gossip/politics among smaller groups.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent billable expectations (and recognizing partners driving away associates); clearer bonus guides and more cross group integration or firmwide events.


  6. "Superb Environment"

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    Former Employee - IP Legal Executive Assistant in Valley Village, CA
    Former Employee - IP Legal Executive Assistant in Valley Village, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work! People are fantastic!

    Cons

    Nothing to report in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Great work!


  7. "Technical specialist"

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    Former Employee - User Support Analyst in Capitol Heights, MD
    Former Employee - User Support Analyst in Capitol Heights, MD

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good place to work

    Cons

    management, needs more training

    Advice to Management

    More management training

  8. Helpful (2)

    "For the Rockville office"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The roles for your job are clearly defined and the team leaders listen to opinions about workflow honestly and consider them for implementation. There is the ability to swap up to 2.5 hours a week and make it up during lunch and/or moving around your lunch time for the day which allows for a slightly flexible work schedule. You can also work longer hours for a 4 day work week or shorter hours for the usual 5 day schedule.
    Benefits are pretty decent but no 401k matching.

    Cons

    They only "promote" by seniority or by whichever employee they dislike the most to get that person off their team. It's for a large project only so it's monotonous work, same deal every day and they track your progress by how many documents you code. Bad employees are "promoted" instead of being dealt with and instead of punishing the one person for abusing a policy/perk, everyone gets it revoked or restricted.
    Vacation days are used for sick days or office closures like when they tell you to come into the office before deciding two hours later that the weather is too bad and you should go home, but you're using those vacation days for it.
    Everything is broken into teams - coding, settlement and trial which is very different from what other law firms do. The job is more like legal secretary than paralegal.
    People rarely talk to each other so it's so quiet to the point where if someone walks or talks, everyone listens and judges. Everyone basically hates each other, is super cliquey or keeps to themselves even during happy hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting useless employees and just get rid of them. Listen to your employees when they tell you something is wrong/someone's doing something bad and take action instead of ignoring it or making excuses for them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Network Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administrative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Administrative in Washington, DC

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Progressive management. Working on latest and greatest technology. Good IT dept. Excellent benefits. Ability to be cross-trained in other functional IT areas.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult, must work hard to not work too hard.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm if you want a job and not a career"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Steptoe & Johnson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, convenient location, good atmosphere, and competitive pay. If you are looking for a comfortable good paying job, this is definitely the place you want to be.

    Cons

    Absolutely no career development, top management is not diverse, outdated HR department, and managers who have that title based on tenure and not performance.

    There is very little opportunity for career advancement at this firm. Top management also doesn't seem to care about creating a career development plan, which looks very bad when your top performers are usually leaving to "advance their career". During my time at the firm, I may have had two or three opportunities for training and career development offered to me. I had to come out of pocket a lot of time for training.

    The firm's policy on inclement weather needs to be changed. I remember several colleagues and myself having to come into work during heavy snow periods, just because we didn't want to use the leave that we earned. They rarely give administrative leave or allow for people to telecommute.

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in the career development of your staff. Your top performers are leaving because of the lack of career development. Consider a complete overhaul of the majority of the departments,as some of them could definitely use a change from the top down.


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