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.
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
Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 10, 2012
I highly recommend this firm. I have learned quite a bit and you can grow within the company. The people are friendly. The firm has its good and bad just like any company. I would definitely work there again if I had not moved to TX. The hardest part of the job was dealing with some of the attorneys who were very demanding. No matter what you did or how hard you worked, you can never please him/her. Management was fair. They tried very hard to please their employees.
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.
Records Management Specialist (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – August 7, 2013
Support staff isn't valued in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth. The firm it self is a great operation. The Atlanta office poorly run mainly due the the hiring of under qualified management (Mostly friends of the Managing parnter or the Office administrator). The office administrator can be very cold toward any employee she doesn't care for! Also if you're looking to grow and advance, well keep looking you'll never advance here!!! They will promise yout he world, but when you ask them to make good on them they pretend the conversation never took place! Not to mentiont he 2% annual increase they give every year witht he same reasons!! However the inner circle receives increases of 5% or better. I guess if my friends were employed by me I'd give them the same. Also, be aware of the differnent rules for different folks policy that the offic administrator uses when she feels your not doing what she feels you should be doing even if there is no written policy or rules against is. She'll make 1 up just for you! I ONLY GAVE A RATING OF 1 BECAUSE ZERO ISN'T AN OPTION!!
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.
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.
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