The American Lawyer’s recently released 2016 Midlevel Survey ranks Kaye Scholer fourteenth nationally for workplace satisfaction among third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates, an increase of 12 positions in just one year. In New York City, considered to be the most competitive legal marketplace in the US, the firm is ranked twelfth.
To produce its annual ranking, AmLaw surveys midlevel associates (third through fifth year), asking them to rate their respective firms as workplaces across the following job satisfaction categories: compensation and benefits, training and guidance, relations with partners and other associates, the interest and satisfaction level of the work, the firm’s policy on billable hours, and management’s openness about firm strategies and partnership chances.
Midlevels graded their workplaces on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest score. Firms with 10 or more responses are ranked by their averages on those questions. Sixty percent of Kaye Scholer’s midlevel associates completed the survey.
Kaye Scholer managing partner Michael Solow noted that the rankings validate the firm’s deep commitment to retaining and professionally developing its talented lawyers with expanded training opportunities.
“We make continual efforts to enhance all stages of career development in the areas of legal expertise, client service, leadership, business development and firm citizenship,” he said. “This recognition reflects the efforts of many partners, the members of the PDCC who devote time and energy to creating and maintaining a robust dialogue among counsel and partners, associates and the firm’s professional staff.”