Davis Wright Tremaine

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Davis Wright Tremaine Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
14 Reviews
3.4
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    DWT is trying to streamline for a dog eat dog world under consultant tutelage.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    DWT is a solid well run organization with a lot of diversity of styles depending on what attorney you work for or what administrative department you are in. Value=money

    Cons

    During the time I was there DWT went from being a big partnership style law firm with a lot of very old-style law firm personal commitment and loyalty to it's employees to a streamlined corporate approach with no personal commitment beyond the letter of the employment agreement and obligations. That said, they are fair and honest, as much as a corporation can be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Typical experience in legal... some good, some bad.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay for "top" performers. Great experience if you're a top performing lawyer.

    Cons

    It's another firm where it's more about who you know than what you know. As long as the stars of knowing the right people and being willing to bully your way forward align, you'll do well. Benefits are average and being a top performer will definitely sour any change at a reasonable work/life balance. Staff, like most large firms, are under appreciated given most attorneys cant even add a printer on their own laptops without a secretary helping them. Big law is slowly going the way of the dinosaur and DWT (like many in big law) never cared to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your employees to review their managers during your review process, and make that review accessible to the next level management - you might be surprised re: how many of your employees are not happy with their managers. Hint: A LOT OF THEM. Also, culture and values should apply to staff as well as attorneys. Sad to know Dave Baca is leaving his role as Managing Partner, always felt he was a great leader while I was there (4+ years).

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    San Francisco - Knowledgeable and great attorneys to work for

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership: Trustworthy, loyal, knowledgeable, very intelligent attorneys.
    it is not about the bottom line like so many law firms.
    It is about the people not only the partners.

    Cons

    Moving faster into making the right decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and respect all offices (not solely on Seattle) and focus on the knowledge that people have in their industry. We have a great team of talented and intelligent people. Everyone needs to be put on board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice support staff, Holiday bonus, Monthly mixer, Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Benefits are bad. Attorneys are rude and treat support staff like they don't have any value. Low raises. Under paid. No room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put into practice their own saying "service together"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Top law firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time

    Pros

    Very strong attorneys representing many areas of law.

    Cons

    Experience can vary from department to department.

    Recommends
  7.  

    A proud Seattle law firm

    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It is a law firm that is right to be proud of its founding values. Some fine legal talent. An emphasis (for the attorneys) on work-life balance.

    Cons

    There was notable division between staff and attorneys. The Systems Department leadership was sclerotic at the very top, and somewhat dramatic at the team leadership level. It was probably average in terms of how technologically progressive the IT department was.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Screamers Galore

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    Former Employee - IT Drone  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Drone in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My manager was instructive, patient and surprisingly far smarter than me.

    Cons

    This firm allows "screaming" attorneys to work there. A few of their San Francisco lawyers are noted for belittling staff in front of their clients. It's sad when the bottom-line is about the dollars and cents rather than acknowledging that, without support, there would be no law firm. Interesting to note, their ENTIRE healthcare practice, including attorneys, walked out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The captain goes down with the ship, so learn how to swim quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work

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    Former Employee - Network Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High expectations and lots to do.. Interesting applications of technology

    Cons

    Hi pressure environment, attorneys tend to want things right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place until the culture changed

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    Former Employee - Staff  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Staff in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time

    Pros

    There is still a feeling of community amongst staff members but there is definitely a divide between attorneys and staff. Salaries were pretty good. The location was nice. It's probably a great place to work if you're an attorney.

    Cons

    Division between attorneys and staff. There's definitely a glass ceiling for staff members, one that would be near impossible to break through. Parking in the building (in an emergency) is very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A firm with a great reputation full of smart and talented people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Pros

    DWT is one of the few large law firms where it is possible to maintain work life balance. If salary is the most important factor, you can probably get a higher salary somewhere else. However, DWT's billable hour requirements are slightly lower than other firms, so you might actually get home at night in time to see your family. There are good opportunities to work on interesting deals, and this firm is full of smart, talented, and interesting people with diverse backgrounds and interests. They also encourage pro bono participation by giving billable hour credit. A large number of attorneys and staff are active in community projects, fundraising for non-profits, and pro bono legal projects.

    Cons

    Attorneys are not good managers here or in any other law firm where I have worked. For example, some associates receive a lot of good mentor ship, some do not, and no one really takes any responsibility for this. Despite its size and efforts to "Define Success Together," it sill has the feeling of a firm full of sole practitioners each doing their own thing. Also, they have been slow to keep up with technology. They need to invest more in this infrastructure to stay competitive.

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    Approves of CEO

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