Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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  1. Lots of Politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff and attorney's here are wonderful people. They really make it worth coming to work.

    Cons

    The management really needs to pay attention to culture fit when they are hiring new staff. The reason Fenwick used to function so well is because everyone was on the same wavelength. Now, the staff in my department is not as cohesive because of the new people that do not understand the Fenwick culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your staff and allow them to interact with their new coworkers before you onboard them!


  2. Management Problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fenwick really tries to make people happy through events and happy hours and fitness incentives. The people are extremely welcoming and warm, even the attorneys. The overall culture is young and fun but it is still a a law firm.

    Cons

    The middle management in this company has a lot of problems. In some departments, the management acts more like military officers and do not like any sort of opposition regardless of how insightful or constructive it may be. There is extremely high turn over as of late because of people being over worked and under appreciated. There have been plenty of red flags about several members of management but they are still working at Fenwick. If you are going to be working as a staff member here, I highly recommend not giving your opinion or input on anything, it will just get you into trouble.


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    Great work, but firm politics get in the way of great environment

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High caliber work with interesting clients

    Cons

    Partnership is incredibly political, and unfortunately those disputes are exposed to associates


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  5. Interesting. They are very concerned about maintain their status of "one of the best places to work", but fall short.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really great people here.

    Cons

    Still very hierarchal in nature (what can you say, it's a law firm!). Great if you are an attorney or paralegal, but not so much if you are staff.

    Advice to Management

    None for staff. Just come do you job.


  6. Okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fenwick & West

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Bill, bill, bill. All the time.



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