Fenwick & West

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Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    As Good as Law Firm Life Gets

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    There might not be any legit prestigious law firms that can provide a stress-free happy work life balance, but in my experience Fenwick is about as close as you can get.

    Cons

    I really don't have many complaints to report. Worrying about billable hours every day of your life can really wear you down, but it's an industry problem, not a Fenwick problem. I would like to see them be the first to just drop the billable hour requirement officially, proving that they are in a different league and cutting edge.

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    Best biglaw firm you could work for.

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

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top practice in the country for corporate law for tech companies. Partners are supportive and friendly--no one yells at you, partners seem to actually care about your career development and overall well-being. Associates are treated better at Fenwick than at any other firm I've heard of.

    Cons

    It's still a law firm, so there will be long hours and the work can be monotonous. As an attorney, there isn't great 24 hour support staff coverage. At other firms I've heard you always have paralegals and assistants to help you out at all hours. This is sort of true at Fenwick, but the staff that's around overnight is minimal, so they're not always available to help you.

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    A high quality firm with reasonable work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Patent Engineer
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generally a good group of people that are enjoyable to work with. A chance to work on important and interesting subject matter. Above average compensation. Part time options for attorneys not looking to bill a large number of hours can be a bonus to some.

    Cons

    No significant downsides, though a significant amount of work is required. It became clear that the type of work involved in the profession was not for me long term.

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    I loved working at Fenwick

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room to learn, value employees. Good place to career.

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position, no room for advancement.

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    Great place for High Tech professionals

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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

    Pros

    Fenwick is a great and fun place to work. Employees are treated fairly, pay and benefits are good. They are on the leading edge of business technology and always looking to improve. The workload can be heavy at times, but is well balanced.

    Cons

    One could almost say good to a fault... The employees tend to stick around a long time, so there may not be a ton of room for advancement fresh ideas coming in.

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    Great place to LEARN with great management

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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

    Pros

    My co-workers are very warm and caring people. I am open to ask questions to my managers and get suggestions/advice/answers. That is completely different from the last firm, question for a question that ended up making me feel stupid. The benefits of kitchen things like milk, half & half, coffee (Peets and Starbucks), sodas always a plus. Beautiful building with great views of Mountain View, CA.

    Working for an amazing and inspiring legal firm in the bay area. You can learn a lot from management, the work that you are involved in, and be inspired by management skills. Big clients, internationally involved, very green, and great people to share ideas and learn from everyone.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity yet in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. I enjoyed my temp position and hope to be perm in the near future. Proud to work for Fenwick & West.

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    Cutting edge work, often very busy, but great environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fenwick & West

    Pros

    Interesting and unobjectionable clients.
    Creativity and client service are valued over sheer quantity of hours worked.
    Employer's attention to professional development, diversity, and need for life outside of work.

    Cons

    Like any firm this size, there are occasionally very busy periods that demand a lot of accommodation from employees' families.

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