Eventually, clients/customers could also decide those anonymous employee assessments of companies provide unique insight into the core values. So, they will sample the reviews as part of the kicking the tires process.
Meanwhile, those analyzing what law firms are doing right and where they are stuck have made it their business to surf Glassdoor.
When they come to the Glassdoor reviews from the employees of Skadden, Arps they won't encounter what they can't turn up checking out the Glassdoor reviews of myriad other large law firms.
In the 202 reviews on Skadden, employees, ranging from lawyers to staff, give the law firm a rating of 3.5 out of a possible 5. That's higher than Jones Day's 3.3 and lower than Cravath's 3.7. Here you can look at those Skadden reviews.
Essentially, associates are pleased to have been hired by Skadden. But they indicate upward mobility has become more difficult.
Yes, there are great benefits, friendly colleagues, and opportunities to work with outstanding legal minds. But there is no work/balance. Face time is imperative (even though "they" contend it isn't). Stress is, of course, ever-present, with the important work to be done and tight deadlines.
Communication about change is rare and the usual is only finding out about it after you break the new rule. In addition, the marketing unit seems to have established a kind of shaming culture. Appearance could be publicly reprimanded. That ranges from attire to weight.
Those who are downright unhappy are staff. They have to comply with rigid rules. For example, even though they might have worked late into the night, they are expected to be at their desks at 9:30 A.M. If they have commuting troubles, those are not seen as reasons for lateness. Also, they perceive themselves as unappreciated. The savvy have learned not to give their all since that allegedly invites exploitation.
The most trouble staff members encounter involves what they experience is rough verbal treatment by young lawyers. Their wish list is that the lawyers would be trained how to manage effectively.
Overall, Skadden doesn't seem too different from other large law firms. However, according to some lawyers, no one seems to leave. There is a deep satisfaction in being a part of the Skadden prestigious brandname.
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