Productive work environment. Resource departments available to perform job more efficiently.
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – September 13, 2017
overall good place to work. Most enjoyable part of the job was working with very friendly staff members who always helped in crunch times. Company provided different departments to make work environment more productive.
Free lunches, dinners when working overtime.
No flexibility in taking time off, especially during holidays.
Patent Agent (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – August 8, 2017
Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 900 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.
I was pleased with both work environment and culture. Workplace also provided state-of-the-art technology which meant emloyees remained marketable.
Legal Assistant / Labor Law (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 22, 2017
I was vey pleased with the firm's work environment and culture. Furthermore, I found the work challenging. The firm continuously provided employees with training regarding state-of-the-art technology which meant employees remained marketable. I would highly recommend working at this firm. It was a very hard decision to leave, however, my husband passed after a very long illness. My daughter (13 yrs old at the time) and I decided to move to Indianapolis to be with family.
Legal Floater Secretary (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 2, 2017
I started as a "floater" who sits in when someone is out of the office for the day, vacation, medical leaves. I worked in many areas of law, i.e, estate planning, litigation, corporate, tax, labor and employment, bankruptcy and immigration. In a large firm, "floating" was a good way to learn and meet people. It was a good place to get some litigation experience which is fast paced. I enjoyed pulling cases in the library and meeting deadlines. The last position I held was in the labor and employment department as a secretary to a partner. His secretary did not return from a medical leave. He was not tech savvy and wholly depended on a secretary. It was fine for a while (8 months), but I was getting home late every night around 9 pm. That's a long day in Chicago. The lawyer didn't arrive to work until afternoon each day making it mandatory that I stay overtime. The firm had just moved its location, so all positions were on hold at the time. I decided to leave.
Good work environment for the most part; I still maintain contact with friends.
If you receive a call to work in the immigration department-- RUN! Do not quit a job to work here! There isn't one happy employee in this department and stress levels are high. The turnover in this department is the worst I've ever seen. It's car dealership salesman turnover. The average person lasts about one year and a half. It's a papermill and management doesn't seem to care about its employees. In their eyes, everyone is replaceable. If you like to be overworked, worried, micromanaged, degraded, and hazed... this may be the job for you. Colleagues were awesome, which is the only reason I was able to sustain for so long. Beware! Not certain how the company functions overall but the immigration department in Atlanta is a big no no. Run for the hills! Run, Forest, run!!!
Met some great people and free breakfast on Fridays.
Staff Attorney- IST group (Former Employee) – Chicago – June 1, 2016
IST group poorly managed and grossly under-paid. They exploit female attorneys who are trying to juggle family and work life. They give little to no training and expect new employees to seek out work for themselves. There is absolutely no human interaction in the firm outside email. Would strongly discourage anyone from working here.
Workaholic but enjoyed people I worked for and what I did.
Technology Asset Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 16, 2015
Did the day-to-day coordination of all of the laptop and desktop assignments. Maintained a current log of all software received in physical form of real media or electronic. Provided on a bi-monthly basis numbers for all renewal software which will be paid in the future per month, quarterly, bi-annual and annually. I assisted the IT Department in identifying and coordinate future spending.
Contractor (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – December 30, 2014
INITIATION OF NON IMMIGRATION PETITION non immigration visa questionnaire. IMMStar docket Hotdocs Immigration Library forms H-1B Cap application I-129 NON IMMIGRATION PETITIONS PREM ONLINE SERVICE CHANGE OF STATUS L-1 INTER-COMPANY TRANSFERS
It was a fun, fast-paced place to work. Our practice was employment and labor law. I enjoyed all aspects of the position, first as a legal assistant and later as a paralegal. The most enjoyable part of the job was having the opportunity to provide support in trials and hearings. The hardest part of the job was preparing for trials and hearings.
In general, a good place for junior- and mid-level associates.
Senior Associate, Gen Lit and L&E (Current Employee) – New York, NY – June 17, 2014
Overall, a pleasant work environment. Nice colleagues and staff. Advancement is not robust, due to the prevailing legal market and contraction of outside counsel work in general. This is one of the more challenging aspects of the big picture -- the long-term prospects of certain practice areas in certain areas of the country where the firm has offices. Still, overall, a good place to work, with some bright minds and hard workers.
No accrued vacation time; highly cost-conscious clients.
billing coordinator (Current Employee) – chicago – May 21, 2014
I was a contractor who went in-house, and am regretting my decision. The onboarding process was embarrassingly inept, the training was amateurish and poorly executed, and the turnover in the accounting department is jaw-dropping. The billing department has been without a manager - oops! make that "National Billing Director" (they are big on grandiose titles here) - since the first week in April (she was abruptly fired with no explanation), with no one in sight as a replacement. People randomly leave without notice weekly; the remaining billing department personnel are aggressively unfriendly and cliqueish. Poorly conceived processes; for a firm that prides itself on being tech-savvy, the billing here is stll done almost exactly the way it was done 20 years ago, with hard copy paper drafts being submitted to the attorneys for review and revision by hand. NO ONE DOES THAT ANYMORE, SEYFARTH. They do pay reasonably well, and the benefits are OK, but you are on your own in procuring most of them - no one is there to provide information.
reasonably easy commute; nice building (though the firm is inexplicably moving in 2016, after only 7 years at 131 S. Dearborn)
unrealistic workloads, due to attrition; extremely excessive department turnover/unstable department management, going back at least 4 years