Davis Wright Tremaine Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Legal Secretary

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive work environment. Responsive department manager. Ability to develop close relationships with attorneys and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Not able to work from home, despite project logistics being totally remote. Firm not very open to flexible work schedules or part time hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible re: remote work and flexible schedules.


  2. Paralegal

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work for good clients.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross firm collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Succession Planning


  3. DWT Review

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    Former Employee - Research Librarian in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Librarian in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for low hours

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment set by senior management leading to high turn over of staff

    Advice to Management

    Get some human resource management


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Long hours, not a lot of balance.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting cases, smart people, good location.

    Cons

    Pressure early to find clients and bill, bill, bill.

    Advice to Management

    Treat women better.


  6. Okay place to work.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance when compared with similar law firms.

    Cons

    There is a strong tendency to "silo" work; little to no associate development in certain practice areas, and no upward mobility.


  7. Temporary litigation/administration support secretary.

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    Former Employee - Temporary Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Temporary Legal Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers who take the words "team player" very seriously.

    Cons

    Separate areas are very strictly enforced; it would be good to have some cross-training so that secretaries could cover for absent secretaries.

    Advice to Management

    Less segmentation, more cooperation between departments would lead to a more unified staff.


  8. Great company to work for. Follows through with work-life balance promises.

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a friendly, team environment.

    Cons

    Occasionally had to work long hours, but not too often.


  9. Helpful (3)

    The People are Great but Many of the Great Don't Stay.

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An incredible number of intelligent, creative, caring, and wonderful people. Collaborative and innovative spirits abound.

    Cons

    Many of the most intelligent, creative, caring, and wonderful people move on after only a short while. Collaborative and innovative spirits find that the less collaborative and more old school folks still rule the roost.

    Advice to Management

    Be less afraid of change. Listen to staff. Step up exit interview analysis.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (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 Management

    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).


  11. Helpful (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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (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.



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