Snell & Wilmer
2.8 of 5 12 reviews
www.swlaw.com Phoenix, AZ 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 26, 2014

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John Bouma

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good Experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time

ProsGenerous Paid Time Off and Vacation

ConsNo, none at this time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible

Legal Secrtary (Former Employee)
Costa Mesa, CA

I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPTO was the best thing.

ConsLow pay compared to other firms of similar size.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the common link when dealing with problems.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The pay is really good. They work you to the bone.

Associate (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time for more than a year

ProsPay, Prestige, Looks great on a resume.

ConsNo life outside of work.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat associates like humans, remember we have families.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Okay if you understand your place in the hierarchy.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time for more than 8 years

ProsProfit sharing
Sick time policy
36.25 hour work week

ConsStaff is treated as dispensable. The attorneys are treated with kit gloves while the staff is pretty much ignored. Like others have mentioned the management is very secretive. You never feel 100% secure with your position.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the staff as part of the team, as opposed to being the hired help. Treat people with respect.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No better no worse

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPays larger portion of health insurance premium.

ConsTypical corporate structure for decision making; inexperienced people promoted to administration.

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Legal Assistant (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer

ProsExcellent benefits package.
Great support staff.
Excellent reputation.
Flexible schedule.
Good training.

ConsLow salary.
Poor management of legal staff.
Secretive, unfair bonus structure.
Low opportunity for advancement.
Cliques among those in HR.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication between management and staff.
Offer better compensation packages,competitive salaries.
Reward those whose performances justify it & stop rewarding those who don't do good work or carry their own load.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very hostile work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer

ProsShorter work week and nice offices.

ConsHarassment of staff, no internal job information, promotions within company based on what a partner wants rather than experience. Constant hostile work environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementHR management should not be allowed to harass the staff as they do on a constant basis without Phoenix being aware of what is going on there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Snell & Wilmer - Working for the best is great, but has its drawbacks.

Clerk (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer

ProsThe professional atmosphere is great. The offices are clean and look great. Working for the best is always a plus. There are many approachable attorneys who are willing to help you with whatever issue you may have regarding other co-workers or pretty much any other issue you may have. The company tries hard to be employee friendly and they do many activities to try and create a familial environment. Another benefit is that there isn't anything you might ask for that won't be done or gotten for you. They provide anything you could possibly need for your job (including free soda and coffee).

ConsAt times the paralegals can tend to act as if they have the authority of the attorneys so it is important to always check with the attorneys before doing something that you may deem to need more legalities then a paralegal could offer. Its difficult at times to work with HR. They are pretty nepotistic and if you are friends with them, they are lax on you but if they don't like you then don't plan on being considered for promotions and they will ride you about small things. Some of the junior associate attorneys are extremely arrogant so go to the more senior attorneys to have them dealt with if they get out of hand.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide for more oppurtunities for advancement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Snell & Wilmer - We're Old School, Snotty & Proud of It!

Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Snell & Wilmer

ProsSnell is the largest law firm in Phoenix and so there is the name recognition. It is also a very stable firm, so job security, as long as you do your job, is acceptable.

ConsManagement fosters an "Us vs. Them" mentality between attorneys and staff, like legal secretaries. It is not uncommon for a staff member to be in the middle of a conversation with an attorney on the elevator, have another attorney enter the elevator, and have the first pretend not to even know the staff member.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet with it. You're dinosaurs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Snell & Wilmer

Prosco-workers are nice, at least in my office.

Consmaybe its due to the economy but not a huge jump in raises.

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