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Perkins provides a good environment, but is unnecessarily and unreasonably focused on pedigree instead of potential.

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Current Employee - Discovery Attorney  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Discovery Attorney in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Perkins Coie as a contractor for more than 3 years

Pros

Salaries are higher than other contract legal employers. Colleges are generally considerate and focused on the tasks at hand. Associates and partners are some of the smartest people I've worked with.

Cons

Contract work can be inconsistent and the lead time for projects is short. There is little/no ability to move up and when people do advance it is more luck than skill.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Mid-size PNW law firm - IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very proud of their "Best Places to Work" rating, do make efforts to have social events, engage employees with volunteer efforts and community work.

    Cons

    Salaries are average, the scale of the enterprise had surprisingly little mobility, lots of hoops to jump through in order to get training or advance your skills. Company culture is socially liberal but conservative in terms of how long it takes to effect change. Is becoming more corporate in recent years, which has led to increased expectations without better tools to effect those changes on the time frame demanded. And yes, I do mean demanded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorgs do not mean change - listen to those doing the grunt work at the bottom of the heirarchy and try to integrate their suggestions to make meaningful change instead of appeasing attorneys. The attorneys will benefit in the end, but they need to broaden their worldview to see potential benefits that may not appear immediate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    A little less than average....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    It really depends on what you're looking for. If you are looking for challenges and future opportunity, it really isn't there. It seems most come in with the promise of opportunity, but end up leaving the lack thereof. If you are content doing the same job for 13 years until sabbatical and not really moving up on the payscale then it's your place, but if you're ambitious, not really.

    Cons

    Management does not "have staff members' back" meaning you are pretty much viewed as replaceable if you are staff - this is a great place for attorneys who have the potential of making partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to reward deserving staff and get rid of the ones are there only taking - up space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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