Davis Wright Tremaine Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
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  1. Great legal work and colleagues

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    Former Contractor - Contract Partner in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Contract Partner in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of work and excellent New Media practice group

    Cons

    Salary may be lower than comparable firms

  2. Helpful (1)

    Long hours, not a lot of balance.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    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.

  3. 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.

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  5. 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

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  6. 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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits and a friendly, team environment.

    Cons

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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).

  9. 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

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  10. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    Put into practice their own saying "service together"

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