Fenwick & West

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Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great client base and interesting professional opportunities

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    Novel legal issues because clients are cutting edge. Strong commitment to pro bono. Effective management. Commitment to diversity. No objectionable clients.

    Cons

    Ebb and flow of the billable work cycles can be difficult as at any top law firm.

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  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fenwick is supportive of staff development, in my experience. I feel as though I can't hit a dead end here, or if I do, it's mostly my fault. If you begin to feel stagnant as an employee, you can suggest ways you can grow or expand your position and receive a lot of support. The comp and benefits are very good for staff, and highly competitve with other firms. There is a culture of kindness that is pervasive. There is more than one office, but the firm does a good job making everyone feel as though they are working for the same place, by sharing projects across offices, communicating pretty well by email, phone calls, and video conferences, and getting people together face-to-face when possible.

    Cons

    Depending on the office location, there are plusses and minuses. The Mountain View office is very large and there are a bit more layers of management to wade through. It's not easy to figure out at first. If you want to be a "stand out" Mountain View might be kind of a big pond for you. The smaller offices (San Francisco & Seattle) are a bit more streamlined (management-wise) and personal if you like that kind of thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Make sure the various offices get the communication they need from each department in Mountain View.

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  3.  

    Great Place to Work- could stay forever

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    smart people, dynamic environment, from a staff perspective-- reasonable hours and great pay. office culture is pretty relaxed, everyone knows each other. Even the most senior partners know majority of names around the office, always treated with respect and given the chance to succeed.

    Cons

    general "staff at a law firm" cons-- not the same benefits for staff and attorneys, can end up with weird hours depending on what is happening on the attorney side, high expectations for professionalism

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  5.  

    I feel like I died and went to job heaven.

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, constant parties and employee appreciation acts (for example, hey you guys are working hard so hear we hired a company to make crepes for everybody), good salaries, supportive management and co-Workers, great location, and a real sense of community. I feel like everything I do is received with so much appreciation. As for business, the firm handles some of the biggest names in technology and life sciences.

    Cons

    I can't think of one bad thing to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love Fenwick. Keep doing everything right. Thank you for making such a supportive and diverse environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Great opportunities--thriving practice

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    Former Employee - Of Counsel in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Of Counsel in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It has a thriving Silicon Valley practice

    Cons

    People sometimes work long hours

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  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Bay Area Location, Great Clients

    Cons

    Law Firm Atmosphere, Can be Long Hours Depending on Practice Group

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  8.  

    Fenwick and West is a testament to the Silicon Valley culture of excellence and progressive thinking

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fenwick management is typically rather positive and encouraging. The pay is highly competitive, but the workplace atmosphere is more incusive than divisive. Fenwick employees work as a team to exceed client expectations and everyone seems to always be looking for ways to help the firm grow and succeed.

    Cons

    With the firm growing it seems there is a lack of space in the building causing some people to be put in small cubicles, but more spaces are being built to fix that.

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    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Fits Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very amiable and efficient work environment.

    Cons

    The division of departments within the office building could be improved.

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  10.  

    I may retire here

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Guy in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Guy in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I feel valued and supported by my management and team. I am quite happy with my compensation and the work I am doing is exciting and challenging. The culture here is very diverse and very unique. I really think this may be the best place that I have ever worked and its definitely not my first. Fenwick is committed to using cutting edge technology and doesn't skimp on technology resources for its employees. Event our onsite datacenter is world class and leed platinum certified.

    Cons

    We get moved around a lot. I guess we are running out of space here..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay calm and party on!

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    Positive Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic tech-focused law firm.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Fenwick & West

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. Everyone is kind and friendly, and even the most important partners take an interest in the associates. We also have really great tech clients and we are involved in some of the largest deals in the silicon valley.

    Cons

    Like every big law firm, the hours are very long, and you are "on-call" all the time. Since we are on number of clients/deals at any particular time, there is a lot of juggling involved.

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