Management celebrate their second award in a row.
Slater and Gordon is this year's Golden Turd.
The troubled PI giant scored 30% in the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2021 survey, indicating that the average respondent was largely dissatisfied.
It is the second year in a row that Slater and Gordon has picked up the ignominious title. However, it did score two percentage points higher than last year, which so impressed the adjudicators that RollOnFriday sprung for a real, unicorn-themed Golden Turd.
It will be winging its way to S&G's echoing awards cabinet just as soon as someone can be bothered to go to the post office.
Slater and Gordon people were distraught at the turmoil which they feel continues to engulf the firm. As well as being underpaid, they now feel overworked thanks to mass culls. And kept in the dark, thanks to opaque management.
A senior solicitor said she felt "totally ignored", with "promises broken after more than achieving targets".
Trustworthiness emerged as a significant issue amongst respondents who said they had lost confidence in management to be honest with them. "Don't trust a word they say", said a senior solicitor.
Several respondents said the firm deserved credit for its response to the pandemic. "They have dealt with Covid-19 well", said one. The firm "worked hard to roll out working from home and developing the infrastructure to do so", said a junior solicitor. "The covid19 response shows the firm isn't actually managed by idiots, contrary to popular belief", she added.
But others suggested it was dumb luck. "The firm was already making preparations for working from home and closing offices regardless of the pandemic", said a junior solicitor. "So, rather than looking like a villain for closing offices, they are pretending this is some great response to a pandemic".
A partner said the firm "handled it pretty well from a logistical point of view (laptops and so on)", but "the problem is that the workload has increased unmanageably because of resignations and sackings so everyone is very unhappy".
The culls have taken their toll, with lawyers drowning in the work of the departed, and managers disappearing as soon as they'd arrived.
"We have a 6th head of department in 4 years", said a senior solicitor. "Covid has been used by HR to show a soft side to the outside world but inside it is a mess".
"I'm fairly inexperienced and I've taken over cases from some of the senior lawyers that have left", said a junior solicitor, "and I have sleepless nights".
Contrary to the PR slogans, said a solicitor, "The SG way is to pile more work on top of already unmanageable caseloads when people leave. They talk a lot about mental well-being but that's lip service".
"I don't get any supervision now and it's all gone to shit", said another Slater and Gordon solicitor. "The HR team are non existent when you ask for help".
"With Corona it is work, work, work...", said a junior solicitor. "They make me want to cry with the incompetence."
It's not all bad, though, because at an improvement rate of 2% a year, Slater and Gordon's people will be handing it a score of 100% in 34 years. Roll on 2055!