Dickinson Wright Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Attorney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickinson Wright

    Pros

    There are really Great People at this firm

    Cons

    I do not have any cons for this place.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. So *this* is why all those lawyer jokes exist.

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dickinson Wright full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    While there are some very smart and pleasant attorneys at DW, too many of the senior partners are petty, vindictive, and utterly miserable individuals who seek out ways to make the lives of their fellow partners and associates unpleasant.

    Cons

    Based in Detroit, DW assumes all attorneys and staff should be able to be hired for what their economically depressed Detroit employees make. Costs of living in urban areas is not taken into account, raises have been anemic at best, and despite laying off numerous attorneys following the 2009 economic collapse, the firm lied and claimed it was simply due to annual reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the petty rivalries between and amongst departments, and reward hard working and under appreciated staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. The IT department here is amazing, great people, would recommend.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dickinson Wright

    Pros

    The IT department here is amazing, great people, would recommend. The have good benefits, including profit sharing if you stay for a couple years.

    Cons

    It is a Law Firm, Lawyers are a unique personality type who NEVER stop working. You are support for them, so be aware of that going in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a little rigid in old world IT view > becoming too corporate and policy drive for own good. When the policies start getting in the way of work getting done, something is wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Okay Experience

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Dickinson Wright full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off, most national holidays paid, annual reviews usually come with a small raise, small bonus offered twice a year, some great people to work with and some not so great people to work with. Typical office politics.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not there. If you value your personal life than this may not be the job for you. Training was overwhelming and actually took about a year to get settled in. Not a great relationship between staff members and attorneys, it's very awkward. Some attorneys are out of control as to how they conduct themselves which makes for unfavorable environment for those working with them. Not hardly any room for advancement and raises/bonuses seem very small although you are usually grateful for anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely should focus on work/life balance as some staff members aren't even allowed to take bathroom breaks without being paged and even on vacation they aren't able to enjoy themselves because they are being pestered on their home email. Certain attorney's expectations overall are just ridiculous and priorities are not approached correctly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Teamwork and dedication to being the best are the theme of this firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickinson Wright full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Efficient staff, great attention to client care, and in-house teamwork. Depending on the position and the attorneys, can include expressed appreciation and a great work environment.

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines set by some. Depending on the attorney, can present a difficult work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give thoughtful attention to the work environment. Drop in and spend some time envisioning a day as a secretary in their space, with their expectations. It's not about what needs to be done, it's how the work to be done is expected to be produced and under what circumstances. Thank you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Experience was not good. Wished I had never worked there.

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

    I worked at Dickinson Wright

    Pros

    Location is the only good thing I can comment on.

    Cons

    Bad and inefficient management
    Only concerned with their senior partners, everyone else treated like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you keep doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what your getting, a high turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. Good place if you can cut it

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    Current Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Dickinson Wright

    Pros

    flexibility in work schedule, great people if you find a "circle" where you fit in

    Cons

    little to no transparency in organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more transparency, take associate perceptions into account when making decisions

  9. DW Associate Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dickinson Wright

    Pros

    Prestige, client work and compensation. Offives.

    Cons

    Hyper focus on billables, disinterest in associate development

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