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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP Reviews

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Seyfarth Shaw is a large international law firm with offices in many major cities across the United States. According to reviews, the legal assistant/secretarial team is highly experienced and works together well. The firm also offers a decent quality of life, with a hybrid schedule of three days in the office and two days remote. Benefits are good and the office managers are praised for creating a friendly and supportive environment.

Attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw are friendly and welcoming to new ideas and suggestions, however the partnership is viewed by some as cliquey, phony and self-interested. Salaries are below market and there is a billable requirement of 1950 hours, which can be stressful and lead to heavy assignments for legal secretaries. There is also a lack of work-life balance, with some reviewers reporting a toxic work environment.

Overall, Seyfarth Shaw provides a good quality of life, with good benefits and a supportive team. However, the long hours, below market salaries and lack of work-life balance can be problematic for some. Additionally, the partnership is seen as cliquey and self-interested, which can be off-putting for some.

"The review of the Seyfarth Shaw LLP was flattering." - Anonymous

- Reviewed on Jul 07, 2023

Pros: 5.0 Current Employee, less than 1 yearAmazing so farAssociate in Chicago, IL ProsLove Seyfarth so far. Very nice people to work with, great substantive practice of law.ConsNon-market salaries in high market areas.Advice to ManagementN/A

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2022

Job type: Full time

"I was pleased to hear the source's positive assessment of the Seyfarth Shaw LLP" - Anonymous

- Reviewed on Apr 23, 2023

Pros: 5.0 Current Employee, more than 1 yearGreat Culture, Fast Pace, Many Opportunities - [Support Staff]Case Assistant in Chicago, IL ProsIt certainly depends on the city/office, department, and attorney/your team, but I have found that the culture here is incredibly professional while also very relaxed - a unicorn in the field of job searching. Never had a single issue with colleagues or mentors. Everyone is so knowledgeable and truly generous in assistance, training, and general vibes. That is the #1 aspect about working here and what is convincing me to stay longterm.- Endless resources to support Learning & Development: many opportunities to try new things, option to make moves laterally to find the right position or path, and guidance to determine your future goals.- Excellent online databases that will meet almost all your day-to-day needs. Some of the software programs can be slow/inefficient at times, but for the most part things are well organized and meticulously documented.- Interviewing with HR is a really wonderful process. Everyone is communicative and makes interviewees feel comfortable. They are also proactive about suggesting different open positions that may be a better fit. Throughout onboarding and various HR items they've been great as well.- Similar nice things to say about tech support! The onboarding programs about software are super in-depth and remain available to you (both live and recorded programs) so there isn't this wild pressure to remember ever thing the first time you hear it - those databases are a gold mine.- HR and IT are super super responsive and resolve issues with lightning speed.- While most of the attorneys have a huge workload, it feels very curated that you are not expected to push work/life balance boundaries. Never had an issue taking off for sick days, personal time, appointments, last minute family things, etc. A lot of people seem to take only short PTO spurts (like 3 or 4 day weekends) but they all encouraged me to take my weeklong vacation.Cons- Most common would be the hybrid schedule, which is only enforced for support staff not attorneys. While many people of different positions/departments work fully remote, most of those that must be in-office would prefer not to be 'required.'- Working in-person "post-COVID" certainly feels like a lack of culture/engagement just because everything is so digitized now. Basically, there doesn't seem to be a lot of benefits to coming in versus working from home. As a pandemic hire, I've met very few people in person compared to the amount I interact with on a daily basis remotely.- Based on research and experience with various applicants + new hires, pay isn't as competitive compared to other Big Law firms. (Benefits are great).- This may be more of an industry standard that firm-specific, but I would say don't take the [support staff] job titles or descriptions at face value. I think it's mostly a *good* thing because you are presented with a lot of opportunities, but there's a number of bullet points from the job description I've either never done or aren't at all relevant to my team.Advice to ManagementI would simply reiterate common sentiments about strict hybrid/in-person schedules as most office mates would prefer more flexibility. Individual managers and mentors seem very understanding of this - it's the firm-wide policies that seem out of touch. Or at least extra compensation/benefits to alleviate the cost and time of commuting and being away from family/home.There are a ton of amazing DE&I initiatives like live webinars, guest speakers, and regular materials. However I don't see as much diversity reflected in the immediate employees I work with or see in the firm directory IMO. I think bumping up compensation and offering 100% remote/flexible schedules could improve that.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2022

Job type: Full time

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