Davis Wright Tremaine Reviews

Updated December 31, 2014
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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)

    Pros

    Quality of work and excellent New Media practice group

    Cons

    Salary may be lower than comparable firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a friendly, team environment.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 (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.

  6. 3 people 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 (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
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  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  8. 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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  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Comfortable, predictable, stable, stagnant.

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    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and very secure job position. Attractive vacation and sabatical packages.

    Cons

    Very little room for career advancement, new challenges, or significant pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really is no cohesiveness to the law firm. There are the partners, then the secretaries, and separate from all of that is the General & Administrative group, the people who keep the place running. "Service Together" has no meaning to us and seems rather trite when it doesn't seem there is much "togetherness" in the firm in the first place. Now give us merit raises when a job is well done and maybe then there will be some "service together." Unfortunately, the firm is placing a lesser importance on raises of any sort for the time being. As such, I find myself placing a lesser value on "service together."

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