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30+ days ago

Review Attorney-English (Temporary) – easy apply

Winston & Strawn Washington, DC

• Hourly Rate is $30.00/hour • Health Insurance Benefits, Paid Sick Leave (after 90 days of employment), and 401(k) Offered * Reasonable… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Document Reviewer (Translator)

Winston & Strawn Washington, DC

• Must be available 40 hours/week during extended business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) • Experience with kCura Relativity and Ringtail… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Review Attorney (Temporary)

Winston & Strawn Washington, DC

• Must be available 40 hours/week during extended business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) • Experience with kCura Relativity and Ringtail… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Tax Accountant

Winston & Strawn Chicago, IL

Compile and analyze data to complete supporting tax schedules for the preparation of federal, state, local, and international returns. Apply… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Trusts & Estates Associate

Winston & Strawn Chicago, IL

We are looking for a mid-level associate with 3-5 years of solid trusts & estates experience. The ideal candidate would have experience working with… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Post Closing Assistant

Winston & Strawn New York, NY

General knowledge of commercial real estate documents preferred. Strong Microsoft Office skills. Excellent organization skills and accurate and… Winston & Strawn

23 days ago

Development Team Supervisor

Winston & Strawn Chicago, IL

• Supervise small team of Practice & Client Services developers. • Manage project and development task intake and distribute workload… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Corporate Associate – Derivatives Practice

Winston & Strawn Chicago, IL

The firm is looking to add one associate with 4-5 years experience in negotiating and documenting over-the-counter derivatives transactions… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Associate, Corporate

Winston & Strawn New York, NY +3 locations

Winston & Strawn LLP’s New York office is looking to add two associates with 3-4 years of experience to the corporate department. We’re looking for… Winston & Strawn

30+ days ago

Administrative Assistant

Winston & Strawn New York, NY

include, but are not limited to, administrative support; project support; assistance with research projects; assistance in the development, editing… Winston & Strawn

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    Layoffs, Low Morale, Little To No Diversity, HR Does NOT Look Out For You

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook


    Health Benefits Are Within The Norm For Big Law Firm
    Free Gym In Building
    Location is Centrally Located In Downtown DC
    Pay Is Low Compared to Other Law Firms


    Constant Fear of Being RIFed
    Some Attorneys Don't Treat You Well
    Technology Is Not Where It Should Be

    I was a Legal Secretary at Winston for a few years. My experience there was not the best. There was a real separation between Attorneys and Staff. Administration or HR really didn't do much to improve morale, and having layoff every year did not help matters. To top it off, if you were a minority, YOU WERE SURE TO BE RIFed!! The last two rounds of layoffs before I left, I believe, were only of African Americans. Winston doesn't value diversity in its staff, let alone in the attorney group. When I was there, there were only around five attorneys who were people of color!! I doubt that the situation has improved since then. Probably it got worse.

    The workload for secretaries increased every year we had layoffs. For the most part, attorneys were okay, but there were some that really didn't view you as a colleague, and instead treated you as if you were their maid. Some even screamed at you and were disrespectful. One of the secretaries had an assignment who berated her and called her dumb every day! HR did nothing about it of course. HR was not looking out for you, since they probably had you on their list crap list already.

    Evaluations were standard and the pay was okay, but not competitive. The only reason I stuck it out for some time was for the health benefits. And even if your evaluations were great and layoffs were around the corner, the attorneys who gave you rave reviews couldn't save your job. HR wouldn't even make them part of the process. They already had a list of staff they didn't like that were going to be written off.

    HR has too much power in that office. They treat staff like children. You have to clock in and out for every single thing. HR Management is not sympathetic to your personal situation when it comes to clocking in. They watch the time cards and you normally get talked to like a child for clocking in one or two minutes past the regular time. Really!!!??? I couldn't enjoy my lunch because I constantly kept watching my watch to see what time it was. I had to time the time I had to run back to my desk to clock in. HR has no tact for sensitive matters either, I wouldn't go to them for real HR help, and they actually don't care to hear it anyways. This would just be another reason to get on their radar and on the short list to be let go for layoff time.

    Improving morale is suppose to be HR's job, but instead they make things worse. Staff appreciation week is a joke, with children 'spin the wheel of fortune' game that offered prizes like a pen, umbrella, and 'made in china' dollar store toys. Toys, that's what you got during staff appreciation week at Winston. Also, HR tried to make every game participant if they were randomly selected, but there was nothing random when some of my good friends were completely left out of 'winning' a prizes. The number of prizes didn't match the number of staff members participating in the game. HR insulted you with cheap gifts, and then they insulted your intelligence by making you think that you didn't know what was going on. We all knew who was on HRs crap list during staff appreciation. They really appreciated you...Not.

    If you want to survive and keep your job and not get fired or RIFed at Winston, you will have to become buddies with the HR Women. They are fake and will talk about you behind your back. They stay close to each other and 'recommend' or 'advise' upper management on who goes and who stays. I survived because I was fake with them. You have a little laugh and say hello and goodbye, and smile. Just like they do with you. It's the worst HR environment I've ever witnessed, and administration is linked to HR, so it wouldn't be a good place to confide in either. Those women look out for each other, they have been there at least ten years, if not longer. NO RIF FOR THEM!!! I wonder why. Maybe the right color perhaps or being friends with the right people to save your job. DON'T TRUST those two departments.

    I never once heard or saw anyone from the Chief Of HR Dept. make their way to DC. If they ever did I would have said something. But I guess these are things that were the norm at Winston, so they wouldn't be bothered to address them. Or maybe these are policies and the type of firm environment that HR Upper Management is happy with.

    If you work at this firm be ready to never be trusted by HR, and to be treated like a child. Be ready for layoffs, and more work for less pay. Be ready to work for some attorneys who don't respect you, and have HR do nothing about it. Be ready to be fake, because that's the only way you'll stay out of HR's radar and survey at least one round of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management??? Administration and HR are Management!!! Is this a trick question Glassdoor? HR at Chicago doesn't make a point to be known at the local level to find out how things are truly run in their offices!

    The office morale was terrible. Attempts to have social hour to hide the fact that you just fired and let go some friends of mine does not make me think that things are okay. And then to learn that most who were let go were minorities, makes you wonder what criteria is used to make layoffs at this office.

    Too conservative, white shoe, and frankly white!!

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