Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal WP Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Legal WP Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fenwick and West is the most inspiring company to work for - they keep you engaged with the newest trends in information technology and have a solid and challenging work environment..

    Cons

    Work over load at times - staffed too short due to vacations and leaves of absence can have a profound impact on work load.


  2. Corporate Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Nice people - Amazing clients - Interesting work - High learning curve

    Cons

    - Culture is flagging a bit - Everyone is too busy


  3. Best law firm to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, people, and culture. They go the extra mile to show the staff they're appreciated (frequent themed happy hours, extra PTO day during staff appreciation week, yoga classes twice a week on site).

    Cons

    There isn't anything worth mentioning.


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  5. Lots of Politics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff and attorney's here are wonderful people. They really make it worth coming to work.

    Cons

    The management really needs to pay attention to culture fit when they are hiring new staff. The reason Fenwick used to function so well is because everyone was on the same wavelength. Now, the staff in my department is not as cohesive because of the new people that do not understand the Fenwick culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your staff and allow them to interact with their new coworkers before you onboard them!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Management Problems

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

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

    Pros

    Fenwick really tries to make people happy through events and happy hours and fitness incentives. The people are extremely welcoming and warm, even the attorneys. The overall culture is young and fun but it is still a a law firm.

    Cons

    The middle management in this company has a lot of problems. In some departments, the management acts more like military officers and do not like any sort of opposition regardless of how insightful or constructive it may be. There is extremely high turn over as of late because of people being over worked and under appreciated. There have been plenty of red flags about several members of management but they are still working at Fenwick. If you are going to be working as a staff member here, I highly recommend not giving your opinion or input on anything, it will just get you into trouble.


  7. Client services

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great benefits, employee appreciation events, conveniences on site, good pay

    Cons

    Some managers run department with iron fist, huge turnover in Facilities

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff more


  8. Great law firm to be a part of!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Services Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Office Services Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment was busy but not stressed. As with any position, you were always encouraged to be more productive without loosing accuracy. At the same time, you were given help to improve and it was just 'expected' of you to improve output from a previous review. Management was also aware that in some instances, production simple peeked.

    Cons

    As with any law firm, due dates and time could change at the drop of the hat. Work schedules would need to change in those instances and you may need to work late or come in early.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to actually listen to staff and offer cross training within departments. Possibly encourage more transitions to other departments.


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great on the job learning experiences. Challenging but interesting work. Good working environment with friendly open minded people. Good benefits. Positive and encouraging atmosphere.

    Cons

    On the job training and feedback by superiors could be improved. Division/spread of work amongst associate good also be improved.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great work, but firm politics get in the way of great environment

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    High caliber work with interesting clients

    Cons

    Partnership is incredibly political, and unfortunately those disputes are exposed to associates


  11. Great client base and interesting professional opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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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