Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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that’s it (not by the number of hours you bill, or the face-time you put in). Some of that, I think, results in the fact that people here are not afraid to take vacation. Overall, these things make S&C a better place to work than some peer firms (I believe).” • “The firm does a lot to make the experience of working here pleasant and improve one’s quality of life. I work with some partners who are extraordinary, but there is a range, and that plays a huge rule in the degree of satisfaction.” Firm Culture • “The firm has a pretty formal atmosphere. Everybody I have interacted with has been friendly and courteous. There are social events around holidays and occasional events to celebrate firm events. People are friendly, but people tend to separate personal life from work life.” • “As someone who came to S&C with a pretty negative stereotype of Wall Street firms, I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I truly like and enjoy the people I work with. At least in DC, the firm doesn’t sponsor a whole lot of social activities outside of the summer program (which is social agenda on high), but a good number of informal gatherings happen. As for politics, I know partners firmly on both sides of the aisle, and the firm largely avoids ideologically sensitive matters.” • “S&C is a very professional organization. People are intelligent, cordial and committed to their work. We spend a good amount of time planning and holding firm-sponsored social events, so there are many opportunities for you to meet other attorneys from different practice areas at the firm.” • “The people I work with directly are generally collegial and friendly, but out-of-office socializing is limited. However, there is a reliable minority of people who regularly meet for drinks, etc., outside the office, so while I wouldn’t say it’s part of the culture, such opportunities are always available. The firm hosts receptions, floor parties, and cocktail events with some regularity, but they generally have the feel of ‘work events.’” Associate/Partner Relations • “The partners I worked with are all incredible. They were patient, caring, encouraging and protective of their associates. The firm is trying to be more transparent, but I think there is space for improvement when it comes to transparency as to the firm’s performance, finances, internal promotion and performance reviews.” • “Overall, partners are extremely respectful toward associates and appreciative of the work we do. There are, of course, a few bad apples, but that isn’t S&C specific and you’ll find that at any firm. Juniors are exposed to lots of one on one partner time early on—partners genuinely seem to want to teach and develop the younger associates and see that the more senior associates get the independence and responsibilities they deserve.” • “Partners generally treat associates with respect and are usually very receptive to questions, comments, being approached, etc. While the firm tries to be transparent through yearly financial updates, etc., it is still difficult to
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