Shearman & Sterling Reviews

Updated 15 Apr 2020

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3.2
48%
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67%
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Shearman & Sterling Global Managing Partner David Beveridge
David Beveridge
35 Ratings
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  1. "Unstable management"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Elite law firm with smart people

    Cons

    Management, office environment, transparency, and benefits

  2. "Good salary, inflexible culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers who have become friends

    Cons

    Typical law firm environment, hierarchical

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  3. "Great Work, Poor Facilities, Little Room for Advancement at Senior Levels"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Top notch work, top banking clients.

    Cons

    Poor facilities and little to no room for advancement at the senior levels.

  4. "Brutal"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues and interesting work

    Cons

    Brutal work environment and total lack of compassion

  5. "Never again in my life"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Harrasment by seniors and no bonus

    Cons

    Bad food no cabs ac doesn't work

  6. "Fun and fast-paced"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work with a lean but highly collaborative, intelligent, hard-working and friendly team. The lawyers are very responsive, respectful and reasonable. The admin staff is friendly and helpful. This is the right place for a motivated individual. The firm is growing rapidly.

    Cons

    Technology is lagging, but efforts are being made to improve this.

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    "Administration"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Very stuffy standoffish culture and environment.

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  8. "Associate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collegiate and sociable environment with a true open-door policy

    Cons

    Unpredictable inconsistent working hours (which comes as part of the nature of corporate/banking law)

  9. "Good firm, but biglaw has its (known) drawbacks"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and interesting work. Great pay.

    Cons

    Long hours, often thankless. Stressful.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most coworkers are nice and willing to help.

    Cons

    Serious lack of work/life balance. All-nighters happen a lot. Often have to attend to work while on vacation, which the partners (at least those I worked for) take for granted. Poor management. "False fire drills" happen a lot, meaning you were asked to submit a work product to the partner in a very short timeframe, but the work product sat with the partner for a long time before s/he finally looked at it. Really unnecessary long hours and stress. The brand is clearly deteriorating, whether or not the management is ready to face that. The firm has shown reluctance to change and improve. As far as I know, a lot of ex-colleagues would have left the firm if not for money's sake. Small office (Associates even have to share room!), cheap furniture and deco, virtually no team building. In short, wish I had read the reviews on Glassdoor before taking the offer!

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